$30 mid-century modern pendant lights from Menard’s

Mid-century lighting continues to go very much mainstream — evidenced by the continuing proliferation of lower cost designs more affordable for the masses. Hey! Just like in the 1950s! Flickr friend xtombx spotted the Nadair Nuevo pendant lights (shown above) for sale at his Menard’s store. The one on on the left is 14″ wide, the center is 7″ wide, and the right is 8″ wide. Each one is just $30. At the left is a more expensive glass pendant by Checkolite. It’s about $60, and there are two other glass designs. All of these lights also are featured online, with free shipping — go to Menard’s site here and search the brands I’ve listed. Note: I have not seen these in person, so cannot give an opinion on the visible quality of workmanship.

Update: Lots of readers are buying these lights, including with the intention to repaint them. Let us see how they look! Upload your photos below… Terms of Use apply:

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  1. Detroit Janice says:

    Hmmm……I really like the 1st one for over my dining room table, but I wasn’t crazy about the color. Thanks for all the color changing suggestions! I think I’ll try it now – especially for that price!!!

    1. pam kueber says:

      Everyone – be sure to choose spray paint, or paint, specified for high temps ala lighting. Also, I am no expert on this but I would think very light coats of spray paint would be best… Maybe with a good primer first. You might also try a “lacquer” finish. Will need to be super careful re: drips.

      1. vintage_vantage says:

        I painted my gloss red on the outside and a gloss white on the inside. (I picked up the light that is pictured first in the image.) I wanted a bulb that would give light but not blind people. (The bulb hangs out of the fixture just a tad, so I pick one that was chrome and clear. Available at Menards, etc.) I like cheap spray paint, that when for regular applications, will stick better in my experience than any of the expensive stuff. I think my spray paint came from Walmart for under a dollar. It looks amazing over my dining room table. Im very pleased!

        1. pam kueber says:

          vintage vantage, would love to see a pic! you know, i think i will add the public uploader to this post so that readers can share what they do with these lights. i invite you to be the first!

  2. adam shur says:

    Supper Yummy Tom Dixon “beat” inspired lighting for 30.00$ O MY !!! I just ordered all 3 but got 2 more of the larger shade #1 in the pics I hope I love em…

  3. Matt says:

    We bought the second pendant for our eat in kitchen area. Good quality for the price. Not crazy about the color but whenever we get around to doing something with the kitchen I’ll paint it (and even thought about drilling some small pinholes in it).

    If you see these at your local menards they are totally worth it.

  4. Mitchell says:

    I have seen these…. they are not the same quality/detail as what I see on the Dixon website, but certainly worth the price, and darn good looking.

  5. Steve Nelson says:

    Would love to know how that liguid stainless turns out. I am in the process of finishing my garage off in a 50’s diner theme and have been looking for a product to recreate the look of 3 stainless steel bands around the top of the walls and at $4,600 the real thing is just a little steep.

  6. Frank French says:

    I remember instructions from “Nomadic Furniture” back in my university days to make a silver topped bulb. Silver paint was just painted on the top of the globe and guess it worked just fine.

    The book is back in print but Amazon lists used starting at 3 bucks. I used their bed frame for decades and made many of their lighting ideas. The book was published in 73 but has loads of ideas… collander light shade is one I remember. Bought a copy for my son who was at University..

  7. gerry Duncan says:

    I can’t find the Euclid (the first on on the left) in Menards … do they still stock them … anyone have the SKU ?

  8. chynna says:

    Hi: I could never land these very hip hanging lamps. However, I fell upon these purely by accident! Pretty hip and reasonable!:http://www.aliexpress.com/item/High-quality-art-hanging-pendant-light-led-7w-9w-12w-15w-18w/1219348926.html

    Also, if anyone hasn’t looked at Ikea for MCM lighting lately check it out! We got this awhile back. The orange was a fight to the death so fyi!:http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/00208707/#/20208711

    Am considering this one from ikeahttp://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/10228620/

    Check out these links as if you are looking for MCM hanging lamps you won’t be disappointed!

  9. Mike says:

    For what its worth Menards are now selling these lights off the clearance rack for $19.99! I just bought the last 2 from a store in Ohio and had them shipped to Florida (My home). There are still a few stores that have 1 or 2 in stock but I’m sure they won’t last long.

  10. Leslie says:

    Hi — I have four of these that I bought for a 60s renovation that I am not going to be able to use. 3 dark, 1 silver tone, all of the tall this style ( the middle image). Is anyone interested? New, have been in storage, Have never been out of the box. I’m able to ship. Thanks! Lklingner@gmail.com

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