Wednesday, July 30, 2008

The girl with gumption

So, after purchasing this chandelier 2 weeks ago, I decided yesterday that I was going to find someone to re-wire it. After several phone calls, I found there are only 2 people in our area that do this. The first place charged $45.00/hour + material cost. The second I went by with the light to get an estimate: $120.00!

So what did I do? I called my Uncle Tommy who is an electrician. I asked him if this was something that I could do myself or did I need to have it done by someone else. He said that I could do it myself - it wasn't that hard to do.

That was 7pm.

After quickly taking the light apart - which was pretty easy by the way - I headed off to Lowes to get the parts I needed. I spent $15.00 for them, including the 6 bulbs needed.

That was 8pm.

So, while Scott and I were watching The Bucket List, I was rewiring the light. Now, I must confess that the sockets were in good shape and didn't need replacing. If that were the case, it would have taken me much longer.

Ready to hang. 10pm.

So Scott, knowing that I need to get projects done THEN (bad habit of mine), agreed to help me hang it. It took a little while to get it anchored, but here is the end result! The lighting is beautiful - so much prettier than the other one we had. I didn't even recognize the light on the ceiling last night that I see in the picture!

So, necessity is the mother of invention. When that guy quoted me $120.00, I quickly learned how to rewire a light!

This picture is not a good one - but oh well. You can see it in the day.
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Liz said...

I love it! It is so Candice Oleson. Let me know if you don't know who that is....just in case, that is a big compliment!!!

Rebecca said...

I love the way it lights up your kitchen!

Leslie A. said...

How Pretty! I agree with liz.....very Candace Olsen! I love the way it looks in the day time!

Anonymous said...

So this means my sweet Tommy saved the day, right? right? right??


I'm thankful it all worked out!

I love you,
Aunt Sherrie

Collegegirl said...

WOW! The lighting is BEAUTIFUL!!!

Leah said...

So Martha of you! I'm still not messing with electricity!! :) Very pretty!

Nicole said...

It looks great. What a woman!

T. Brodie said...

So proud of you! It reminds me of when I installed the ceiling fan in our guest bedroom. By myself. While Chris was doing a fantasy draft online. Looks great!

Three plus Me said...

Looks great! You did a fabulous job!

The Epps Family said...

WOW! I love it! You should be Jane of the Month at visit them and apply for the "position!" You're talented!!

Anonymous said...

I LOVE IT! Great, job sista!!
Love ya'll!--Brooke

Lerra said...

That looks so good!! I have an antique lamp that needs fixing...I wonder if I could do it myself?? :-)

Judy said...

I know what you mean about the cost of rewiring a chandy or light. The only guy suggested to me for rewiring is someone over at Montgomery Antique Gallery and then a guy up on 231 at Brass something that is never there! I'm sure I can't afford either one of their hourly rates! How about a little tutorial on what you did? I'll get w/you after Thanksgiving and see if I can pick your brain on how I rewire mine!