Isn't this table calling for a chandelier? I did not have wiring installed for this purpose but I did have high outlets installed in two locations to cover this eventuality. Last year, I looked on and off for several months for the perfect chandelier but no dice. Finally, I was on One Kings Lane one day at the tail end of last summer and came across this lantern in their "downstairs" clearance.
|Sorry for the bad picture!|
In the fall I picked up a paper lantern light kit at Target on clearance for about $5. It included a light kit and a long white cord. I also picked up some rustic looking manila rope at my local hardware store. I knew my handy dad could make it work.
Fast forward to May and I show my dad my purchases. He puzzles about it for a bit and asks about any leftover chain we might have. We're borderline hoarders so of course we have some chain - several styles actually. I chose the one I liked the most.
Next step (happened while I wasn't home) was that Handy Hubby and my dad rigged up the light. My dad rewired everything so we have a separate switch for the outlets (it's the bottom right one now).
Here's how it looked the next day (it was a late night light hanging!).
I loved the overall effect but the details weren't there. The light bulb looked horrible and the chain wasn't ideal but it was free so I could not be too picky.
Then a few days later, I remembered my original rope idea. I had intended for the light to be hanging from the rope, not a chain originally but we worried about stretching and longevity. Then I had a brilliant idea to wrap the rope around the chain.
I started at the bottom and worked my way up just wrapping the rope tightly as I went. It was a little unwieldy and slightly dangerous since I was on a ladder and the chain was long but I survived.
I also added an Edison bulb. I found them at Home Depot and it was about $9 - so worth it.
Here's the final result...
And a before and after...
It really finishes the room. The porch is pretty much done for now. I have added a few small pieces which I'll share soon. In the mean time, I am struggling through the last weeks of the school year. I have a ton of stuff to post but just haven't had a moment to do it!