Disclosure: I was provided with a DualSaw CS450 to review for this post.
If you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed that I’ve been working on both kids’ rooms in the new house. I started with their rooms because I’m using mostly the same items from our old house which is making the process pretty quick. But like any new space, there will always be a few new projects (and I am so excited about them)! Today I’m showing you the new DIY PVC Light Fixture I made for Little Man’s new room and the entire thing cost me LESS THAN $50.
In our previous home, Little Man was still in the gender neutral nursery and I have been so excited to finally design my first little boy’s room for him. For some reason I always envisioned a navy and white industrial room for him, but as we started to moving our decor into the house, I began to see it in a different way and put pieces together that I hadn’t before and alas, Little Man’s Modern Ranch Nursery was created.
I had the Caged Light hanging in Miss E’s room in our first home, I don’t think I ever blogged about it, but you can see a pic of it on Instagram. Anyway, her room is becoming even more girly in the new house so I decided to put the light in here instead. I started playing with ideas on how to hang it on the wall and somehow this industrial piping light was born. I really love how it looks with the space and I can’t wait to keep working on it.
Since I already had the light and spray paint, I only needed to buy the tubing which only cost me a few bucks. I think metal piping or copper would look amazing too, but I was worried about the weight of it. Because it’s a plug-in light, I needed to find tubing that was big enough for the outlet to pull through, so that was also why the tubing had to be a little thicker.
And how amazing is this pillow? I just love Lucy’s store over at Society6, she is incredible.
– Plug-In Caged Pendant Light ($22)
– 1 1/4″ PVC Piping – need at least 6 feet worth ($4.00)
– (2) 1 1/4″ PVC 90 Degree Elbows ($2.00)
– (2) 1 1/4″ Galvanized Piping Straps ($1.75)
– Rustoleum Black Hammered Spray Paint ($7)
– Rustoleum Aged Copper Spray Paint ($7)
– 4 1 1/2″ Screws ($1.00)
I had the chance to review the DualSaw CS 450 for this project. What’s really unique about this saw is that it has two blades that spin in opposite directions and you can cut almost any material without changing the blades. Yup, that means metal, wood, plastic, copper, steel, etc. If you are like me and are constantly working on several projects at once that all use different materials, this is a really great saw to own. It will save you time and money because you won’t need to change out the blades to go from wood to metal.
I think the saw is great in terms of convenience, but I wouldn’t use it in replace of my circular saw. It’s great for small cuts like piping, tubing, and taking a part a pallet (oh this would be a dream to cut a pallet with since it cuts straight through the nails), however it’s not the tool you want to use when doing big builds since you can’t cut anything deeper than 1″. At least I had a hard time with it.
The other disadvantage is that you have to use both hands to operate the saw and there isn’t a guide besides the laser (there technically is, but it only works well narrow cuts). Using both hands is a great safety feature, but it didn’t feel natural to me and I had a hard time feeling totally comfortable with it. When cutting, you definitely need to take more of a plunge approach versus going straight into the material. I think it will work well for a lot of DIY home decor projects, but the feel of it takes some getting used to.
And just an FYI, because of the dual blades the cut will be a little thicker so take that into consideration when doing measurements.
So my overall thoughts on the saw: If you are looking for a new tool to add to your collection and use a lot of metal and plastic piping and take apart pallets, I think this would be a good addition. Otherwise, stick with your circular saw.
After my piping was cut, I put it together and painted the tubing in Black Hammered Metal and I gave the metal straps a little rusty look but adding a tiny bit of Aged Copper Spray Paint.
When securing it to the wall, for best results use a leveler and make sure you drill directly into studs.
I just completed another project for his room today and I’ll be posting it next week! Lots more industrial decor coming your way…