Do you ever see things that you are like “MAN that would be an incredible ________________.” But don’t know how to take it from Point A to Point B? Todays post is all about filling that gap. The most frequent item I wish something was is a Chandelier. Unique lighting is hard to find on a budget, that is why I am constantly trying to figure out NEW ways to get an awesome light.
A few weeks ago I was shopping at Homegoods (shocking, I know.) and came upon these candle lanterns (a candle lantern is a lantern that has a candle holder inside. They are usually rigged with a way to hang them!) And I LOVED it. I knew it would be the perfect light for Ivie’s Room, but it would require some surgery…..MUAHAHAHAHAHA!
The first thing I did was track down my husband. Most things I can do myself, cutting metal? Notsomuch.
He used a grinder to cut the ring off the top of the lantern. Metal can obviously get super hot while you are grinding it so make sure to use pliers to hold your ring.
Then you are going to drill your hole. You will want to use a drill bit that is 1/2”.
I was worried about the base of the lantern blocking too much of the light, so we took that off too.
The lantern and all of the components got a coat of gold spray paint.
After your paint has dried its time to start wiring. This is a super short version.
Because I wanted the light to “float” in the middle of the lantern I used a threaded pipe to extend it. If you don’t want your light to float your socket/wiring will be much shorter. Make sure that you have a washer at the end of your pipe so that it doesn’t pull through your hole.
Feed your wiring through from the inside out.
Then you are going to attach your chain and wire it to your junction box.
Love Your Guts, Mandi