Guest post: Redneck Chandelier

1st, just wanna say thanks for all the comments from yesterdays post. 2nd, if my neighbors are reading this, there is no domestic violence, no wild party, no murder being committed. Don’t call the cops. It’s football season, that’s me screaming at the tv. Sorry.

Ok, that’s out of the way, let’s get to the next part of of the project, the lights.

This was the inspiration at the same Starbucks from yesterdays post:

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I like mine better. Yup I’m that good!


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These are what we got for mounting the lights. $5 a pair.

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I did the same rust trick as I did on the screws in yesterdays post, but just on the caps.

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We had 7 planks left over from the wall. I screwed them to the ceiling, just kinda anywhere. Before that, I had my unpaid help stain all the ends and sides.

Damn, I look good from that angle! {J here, nice wedgie, at least your shorts aren’t pulled up to your nipples…yet}

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Then, I drilled 1” holes through everything.

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Placed the wire and the connector in. I put a knot in them so I wouldn’t pull all the wire through when I wire it in.

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Attached all the sockets.

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I went up in the attic and wired everything, my photographer didn’t follow up there because she can’t handle confined spaces. She was absolutely worthless during this time, so she and Bam went and laid in the sun in the backyard. Besides, I was not a real pleasure to be around because I was hot, cramped, and I kept cursing every time I hit my head on something up there. She did occasionally flip the circuit breaker off and on when I asked her nicely. All the time rubbing the giant knot on the back of my head.

I had all of these, all 40 watts. I don’t want bright lights, I have 7 so that is like one 280 watt bulb all the way up.

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From the bottom.

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Everything is on a dimmer switch.

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You can find everything you here see at I got the connectors at Home Depot.

The final cost for all the lumber for the wall from yesterday and the lights, screws, chemicals, stain, wire, sockets, lights, dimmer switch, bulbs, everything.

About $500, and a weekend.

These will be here for a long time.


9 Comments on “Guest post: Redneck Chandelier

  1. Ok, don’t freak out…i’m going to go lame shane here for a bit and refrain from any TSA sarcasm and fodder. Cowboy, when you nailed the planks to the ceiling, were you hitting beams? What were you securing them to? Wish J would have followed you up there. I’m curious how you managed to get all of those wired hooked up. Did it all get tapped into 1 main wire?

    • All of the planks have a least 10, 1.75″ screws to combat the effects of gravity, some hit studs, most didn’t. The planks are 1/4″ thick so that is 1.50″ of screw into drywall. I thought of putting liquid nail on the back, but declined. I wired every thing with Romex into 1 junction box as there is not much of a load, these are only lights at 40 watts each. I don’t recommend wiring multiple appliances to 1 junction box, but there is only 2 switches and a total of 9 lights on this 15 amp circuit breaker. (The 7 we installed in the dining room and the double bulb light fixture that is also on a dimmer in the kitchen)

      • Hmmmm…hopefully none of the planks are screwed entirely into the drywall. Maybe liquid nails would help. All in all, great look and nifty setup. I dunno how I feel about that wedgie shot… I want to laugh because of J’s sense of humor…but at the same time, I have a new found respect for your home project skillz and I don’t know any other male SCB fan – so we kinda need to stick together.

  2. How pretty! We are moving to the new house next month, this is an awesome idea for one of the bedrooms in the house I think!

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