With the unofficial start of summer just around the corner, we all tend to want to spend more time outdoors. Summer dinners spent on the patio are better when you can see what you’re eating, right? What happens if you want to have an outdoor chandelier but don’t have ceiling to hard wire it to? Many outdoor chandeliers I saw that I liked the look of were meant for candles, and I wanted more light and less hassle… So we took an indoor chandelier and altered it to allow us to use it outside with a simple extension cord.
At the time I originally worked on this project I wanted a turquoise chandelier. I found this at Lowe’s. On sale for $20. Want to know why it was only $20? Cuz it was UUUUGGGGGGGG-LLLEEEEEEEEEE!
Yes. An indoor light fixture.
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You already know that I think spray paint can solve most of the world’s problems…. I also figured that Handsome Hubby could strip the wires and make it so I can plug this sucker into a regular outlet instead of needing to hardwire it into the ceiling.
First: Spray paint. In this case, Valspar’s Sea Gloss (My favorite color of the moment.)
Tape off whatever you don’t want to get covered with paint…
Gather your tools. (Or in my case, have your husband gather his tools…)
I had Handsome Hubby wire the end of the chandelier’s electrical wires to an extension cord, basically creating a “plug-in” light fixture, rather than one that needs to be hard-wired.
I have heard that there are adapters you can buy that make it super easy to do this, but I haven’t used them.
This worked great. (You can google how to splice electrical wire and find lots of good tutorials.*)
Since HH wired the chandy’s electrical cord to an extension cord, we can hang it from our patio cover, run the cord over the top and plug it into a socket just like a regular lamp. I made a cute fabric cord cover. It looks cute.
I am having photography problems, but trust me, it looks waaay better than this at night. It’s a crummy shot.
It’s obviously important to make sure you do this safely and correctly.
Don’t play with matches or electricity.
Use your manners and remember to say your prayers.