When you move into a house, there are certain things you know you hate. For us, it was the heinous paint choices this couple made. Puke green, really?
But there are always some things, let's call them surprise hates, that you may not have noticed when you first moved in... but a couple of weeks of dwelling in your new abode and they become that zit on your chin that you just can't ignore. They've got to go.
For me, this chandelier became that zit. I absolutely hate(d) it. Unfortunately, my chandelier taste is pretty extravagant. Since Grahm would rather send Baby Girl to college than have an amazing lighting feature in the dining room (poor choice, I know), we decided to make our own. And by we, I mean Grahm. This project only required a trip to Pottery Barn for yours truly, which I was entirely okay with.
Pottery Barn XL Burlap Tapered Lampshade in Natural -- $80
Pendant Fitter (Aged Bronze Finish) -- $15
Candelabra Sockets -- $2
2 Crossbar Kits -- $2
Electrical Tape/Wingnuts -- Already Had
The first thing you'll need to do is splice your pendant fitter into three lights. We wanted the maximum light output for our dining room since we didn't want our guests to feel like Smeagol in his cave.
You'll splice the pendant fitter using the crossbar kits and candelabra sockets. Grahm used his Drimmel tool (he said you could also hack saw it) to cut the crossbar in half (image on left) before he attached it to each side. The candelabra sockets can now be attached once the crossbars are in place.
The pendant fitter should look like this once properly spliced.
Repeat the wire process above. White goes with white, black goes with black. Lots of electrical tape and a couple of wingnuts... or at least that's what I was told.
He was so excited it worked that we didn't realize we needed to add the lampshade BEFORE connecting the wires. Oopsies. The genius is allowed one teeny mistake though, yes? :)
Not bad for less than $100 bucks, right? And you can definitely save by not getting the PB lampshade, but that's the one my little heart was set on... so what can ya do? :)