Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Chandelier Transfer Project

The house came with a clear glass chandelier. It was nice, but it was kind of dirty and some of the crystal drops were attached with paper clips. Unacceptable!

So after a year of cringing every time I looked at it, I initiated the Chandelier Transfer Project. I knew it would be difficult, but I was motivated.

I waited nearly two months for the new chandelier to arrive. It came in this unassuming but very large box:

I had to have it delivered to the day job, 'cause I can't get mail deliveries at my house since packages are almost guaranteed to get stolen by hooligans. Since I don't drive at all, a nice man from work helped me bring the box home in his car. He laughed a little bit at my pink floors, but he's kind of a tough guy and can't really be blamed for misunderstanding the decor.

Then it was time to hang the new chandelier, so I called a friend to come from Texas to help me.

Of course, the old chandelier had to be removed. I rescued all the crystals and put the remaining chandelier skeleton outside on the sidewalk in hopes that someone would take it. It still looked nice, despite the missing crystals, and within minutes it was gone!

Then we had to extract the new chandelier from the box. It was in a million pieces and each one was very fragile. My friend hung the skeleton and did the actual electrical wiring. Putting it together was so frustrating, because the instructions were in an Alien language. It took forever, and a lot of psychic interpretation was required. Hanging all the crystal drops was particularly time consuming and there were several times when I uttered the words "Can't we just forget about this?"

But, in the end, it was worth it, 'cause now look!

And here's what it would look like to a caterpillar: