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.
DIY Pottery Barn Style Patio Lighting
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.
Collect and cut wood into 10.5″ long rung pieces. The two outer posts are each 48″ long.
Next, measure and mark both outer ladder posts for the number of rungs you want. Be sure to measure carefully so that the rungs will be evenly spaced.
Using a miter saw, lightly saw 1/2″ deep notches on the inside of the ladder posts to fit the width of the rung. Saw half of the notch and then flip the post around to saw the other half so that you have a smooth even cutout. Your goal is to make a pocket that the rung sits in. Be careful not to cut all the way through the post 🙂
Once you have made all of your notches, lay the outer beams on a flat surface with the notches facing in. Insert the top and bottom rung first, then add the inner rungs.
Secure the rungs using wood glue, a hammer, and nails. (a nail gun would be great for this as well) Let the glue dry completely before moving onto the next step.
Since his will be used outdoors you will need to seal the entire ladder with stain. We really like Varathane Brand Stain and Poly in Dark Walnut. We live in Southern California and get a light drizzle but a few times a year, I probably could have done one coat, but I went for two for a darker finish.
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.
In order to hang the ladder, pre-drill two holes in the patio beam that coordinate with the size of your S hook. Screw two heavy duty S hooks into the beam.
Secure 4 eye hooks into the top ladder for the chain that will hang the ladder from the S hooks.
Hook two chains, one on each end of the ladder to the eye hooks. Then loop the chain over the S hook in the patio beam. Be sure you hang the chain from the middle link on each side so the ladder hangs evenly.
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).
Assemble glass jars with wire handles to hang.
Screw cup hooks into the ladder in a random pattern for hanging the jars. We added more chain to hang additional jars.
Here is our version of Pottery Barn Style Patio Lighting.
Here is my patio before we added this light fixture.
Before hubby built me fun patio light fixture
I am so happy with how it turned out.
We filled each jar with a small amount of playground sand and a tea light candle.
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.