One of my favorite things about summer is the amount of time we spend as a family outdoors together. Almost every dinner at my house is enjoyed on our backyard patio, so we wanted to make this space as comfortable and cozy as possible. One night while browsing Pinterest, with a limited budget in mind, we came across a beautiful picture of a Pottery Barn inspired hanging chandelier of sorts that would be perfect for our space. We scoured Amazon to find an affordable deal and though we found similar items, nothing was exactly what we wanted. We decided to attempt building it ourselves.
It went surprisingly well, even for true carpenter rookies like ourselves. I documented our step by step process in the hopes that we were successful. And we were! Here is the step by step process to build your own Pottery Barn inspired patio light fixture.
For the wood in this project we used pallet scraps. Each piece is a bit different in width and texture, but we wanted a rustic, aged look so it worked perfectly.
Once the stain is completely dry the ladder is done! You can stop the project right here if you want to use the ladder for a decorative feature in your garden or on a wall as a frame. To hang it like the one in the Pottery Barn catalog you will need 2 heavy duty S hooks, 4 heavy duty eye hooks (keep total weight of the ladder), 15 feet of chain (I used one with a rubbed bronze finish from Lowes) and a box of cup hooks.
Now for the fun part. I had some Ball canning jars that were passed down to me from my husband’s grandma that I wanted to use to hold the tea lights. I found some other glass fixtures from World Market and Home Goods. (could spend hours in both of those stores).
Here is my patio before we added this light fixture.
We hope this was a helpful tutorial. We are certainly not experts when it comes to building anything, but we are really happy with how it turned out! For those of you who don’t have the time or desire to try this on your own, you can purchase one from our Etsy shop. Just click the link below.