Happy Wednesday, Friends! As you know we are about to move about 600 miles away! In preparation, we are switching out a few of our light fixtures and chandeliers. I found this darling petite chandelier for a replacement in my closet. The only problem is the light is currently on a plug. So, this post is about how to hardwire a plug-in chandelier! Come see!
I guess to be accurate, I need to clarify that not I, but my electrician, Justin, is hardwiring a plug-in chandelier. I will help him though. I found this adorable petite chandelier a few weeks ago while out shopping. This is how it looked when I found it. The “crystals” were plastic and not much to look at. Clearly this fixture (or any for that matter) needs real glass crystals. Otherwise, how can it hold its head up in this house?
Much, much better. A few glass crystals from my stash and she looks like a princess. She will be the perfect replacement for my closet chandelier.
A quick trip to the hardware store for a few supplies and we (Justin, the electrician and I) will be all set! I knew I needed a ceiling canopy because the fixture is currently a plug-in, and does not have one. I found this 5″ canopy at Ace Hardware for $8.99 but you can find them for much less at a thrift store. This one is a coppery color and I need it to be black to match the fixture. It has a nice shape, so it’s all good.
I also bought this screw collar loop crossbar kit. It’s also by Jandorf for $7.99. I need this kit because when Justin takes down the existing fixture, I want to keep the original parts with the other chandelier. This kit comes with a 4″ flat crossbar, a screw collar loop, nuts, screws, a nipple and a hickey? Hmmm. Not sure what some of this stuff is, but I’m sure Justin will know. This should be all he needs in order to hang the new fixture securely to the ceiling. The canopy will hide all of the wiring, etc. and give it a finished look.
After a quick coat of black satin spray paint, the canopy and screw collar loop are matched and ready for installation.
Once Justin hangs this cutie, I’ll add the crystals and she will be ready for her debut. I think she’s adorable. So, to recap, I paid $29 for the fixture. With an additional $17 for parts, I’ll have about $46 invested in this fixture. It’s worth it to me to be able to take one of my favorite chandeliers with me and leave behind a unique, one of a kind fixture. (in keeping with the style and quality of the home)
Well, there is much more to do this week in preparation for Justin. He will have his work cut out for him. Honestly he will probably be glad when we move!
I can’t wait to see this little beauty in her new closet home. I’ll be sure to take pictures. My Mother recently pointed out it really isn’t necessary to have a chandelier in one’s closet. But hey, you need a light in there anyway so why shouldn’t it be lovely as well as functional? I’m thinking Mother needs a chandelier in her closet? We’ll see!
Thank you for stopping by today. I’ll let you know how the packing and moving stuff is going. We have just over a month to go! Let’s talk soon, okay? xoxo Dell
Later this week I’ll share how she looks in her new spot!