From Drab to Fab: Day 9–The Great Chandelier Battle of 2013 Winner

If you would like a replay or have no idea why this is a battle, you can read about it here.

I finally made it to Home Depot for more of the Oil Rubbed Bronze paint and a new chain.  I opted for black because it was cheaper than buying an oil rubbed bronzed chain. I figured that I would just give the chain a very light coat of the ORB spray paint so that it has the same sheen as the chandelier.  Good idea right?

It was! the chain looked great.

The chandelier looked great too after all the pieces received their final coat of paint.

Round Four: Me–yay!

Though the chandelier won the first 3 rounds, I was determined to win the battle.

Saturday was our final bout. It was the day that I would mount it and dance with joy.

That’s what was supposed to happen. But instead, this is what happened.

Broken & Welded Coupler

The bits shown in the top photo are of the coupler that connects the rod which holds all of the top pieces into place.  It crumbled. Okay, I thought, no big deal, I’ll just remove the remaining bits and run to Ace for a new coupler.

Good idea right? I kept my cool and was not going to let this little incident defeat me.

So I got out my needle nose pliers and tried to remove all of the pieces–only I couldn’t seem to remove the rest of the coupler.  Why? Because it was welded on! Even if I can manage to remove it all, I would end up with ruined threads.

Once again, this chandelier had me dreaming of taking a sledge-hammer to it and tossing it out of the window.

Round Five: Chandelier

Winner: Chandelier

I have been beaten. Badly. By a chandelier!

I’m going to keep the stupid chandelier and repurpose it–eventually.

Thanks to DIY Show Off, I have the perfect use for the chandelier.

Chandelier Planter

I’ve already spent too much time and money (ORB paint isn’t cheap) on this project.  So we will now have to find a suitable replacement at a decent (cheap) price.

In the meantime, my entry is dark.

Have you ever lost a DIY battle? I’d love to hear about it!

2 thoughts on “From Drab to Fab: Day 9–The Great Chandelier Battle of 2013 Winner”

  1. I got beaten by an adorable lamp that I picked up at a thrift store. The size of the socket where a lamp shade is supposed to sit isn’t the same size as any shade in the United States, or at the very least, not in San Diego. I had to take the whole thing apart and rebuild it and it ended up costing me close to $20. The same price as a new lamp from Target. Sorry about your chandelier. Lights suck!


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