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November 18, 2011


So I managed to hang a light fixture all by myself. 

Disclaimer: No husband was used in this project.


I was a bit hesitant about dealing with electricity. I really wanted to see my children grow up.

After watching a few Home Depot You Tube videos {they had a women install a fixture - smart marketing tactic!}

 I set to work.

I had so many attempts, thought I had it up and then had to take it down. 

Really wished I was an octopus...

The ground wire broke. 

Serious  $@#$&  glitch.

Went to Home Depot. Salesperson was useless

Wonderful stranger in aisle, who was an electrician saved the day!

Fixed the broken wire with a butt splice, impressive hey, my electrical terminology?

Finally enlisted help, NOT from husband but from oldest daughter, she was the octopus hands I so needed.


Good thing chandelier was only $38 on clearance and all plastic.

We can't stand the faux candle "drip" marks on the sleeves, need to find replacments.

But looks all sparkly regardless...

XO Barbara


25 comments:

  1. i have a chandelier that i want to hang and have been afraid to do it...thanks for posting...you gave me some inspiration!
    ashley @creating love & joy

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  2. Well done lady!!! I've witnessed many a chandelier hanging and it isn't usually a fun process- very impressed that you hung that sprarkly pretty all by yourself!

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  3. Well, good for you girl! It looks fabulous too - so pretty!

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  4. So pretty!

    I find Home Depot staff unhelpful as a rule. Hubby and I rephrased their tag line as, "You can do it, but we'll hinder". And if one of use undermines the other's success in a project we say, "I home depot-ed you."

    Rant aside, I am SO impressed. I always rely on hubby for this kind of thing. FABULOUS that you did this with your daughter!!

    P.S. Today's DIY was encouraged by you!

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  5. Nice work - love the sparkle! I've installed a couple of light fixtures and always turn the power off to the whole house because I'm so paranoid haha.

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  6. Right on! I love a project that doesn't require assistance from the hubby. You are surely at least as qualified as he is to butt splice something, no?

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  7. Amazing!!! The chandelier is so cute. Now for the big question...was hubby impressed.
    ps The paint I used was Granite Grey. It was a chip from HD. It looks really dark in the can but it's a gorgeous, gorgeous gray.

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  8. Love your use of electrician terms! ;-) Looks fabulous, and I would never have guessed it was plastic because it's very sparkly!!
    Girl power!!
    Victoria

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  9. Well done! You did a really good job. I have seen my husband hang a chandelier and it wasn't easy.

    Nice chandelier, by the way!

    Have a lovely weekend!

    Jessie
    www.mixandchic.com

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  10. So rewarding to do it without the hubs! Awesome job and an awesome price!

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  11. Love the husband disclaimer! So that's why he said, 'Meh'!

    Yawn... all in a woman's day's work! (well, I've never done this, so I'm just pretending I'm you ;-)

    So what's next? The snow tires?

    Chandelier looks awesome :-)

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  12. So pretty and sparkly, and very impressive that you hung it!! I bought an antique chandy months ago and am still waiting for my helper to hang it....
    Tracey

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  13. Good for you Barbara!! I want to attempt electric projects, but I have to admit that I do find the thought a little intimidating!!

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  14. Wow! I am impressed Barbara! And I can't believe the chandelier was only $38!

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  15. I applaud you Barb! I bought the same chandelier so that I could do a Polaroid Manipulation (my artwork) of it. But the challenging thing I found was putting all of those chrystals on it. I'm glad you're still with us....... ya know, working with the electrical and all.

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  16. I love it!!! Good for you for hanging in there and getting the job done!!! Where did you get that cool chandy???

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  17. Way to go Barbara! I have no idea what butt splicing is but it sounds impressive.

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  18. Barbara!! You will get your own TV show soon! And I will be able to say "I know her - and adore her!".

    Very impressed! (And the pictures look so good!).

    ox, Mon

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  19. Love the chandy! I'm impressed you did it yourself!

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