1.02.2013

DIY || Lindsey Adelman Chandelier



Ok! Back to regular programming here on Mimosa Lane!  And to start off the year with a BANG i have this DIY chandelier.  I still cannot believe I constructed a chandy all by myself! I mean I stripped wires, wired sockets....things I had no idea about.  A while back I posted on my love of Lindsey Adelman's chandeliers.  Here are some photos so you can remember what I'm taking about:




I was a little bummed that I don't have at least $10,000 laying around to buy one of her pieces.  But then Jeanine from I heart Interiors mentioned that Lindsey Adelman had a DIY version of her lamps on her blog....did I read right? Yes she did!!  I'm so thankful to Jeanine because even though I had studied her website front and back I had not noticed this.

It is fantastic!  Here is the lamp I wanted to make:


Lindsey gives you a list of all the parts you need and the online source where you can get them as well as instructions on how to build it.  I paid approximately $130 for the parts.  I was so intimidated when I laid it all out.



It probably  took me around 5 hours (on and off).  But remember this was my first time building a lamp!  If I did this the second time around I could probably do it in 3 hours?  give or take.

I'm so so proud and happy with the result.  It looks beautiful.  My husband now wants two for his library and he wants them hanging at different levels, one high and one lower.  I think it would look amazing!  The parts are brass so it looks really rich.  A few suggestions if you are going to try this:

||  Take the time to lay out the pieces according to her diagrams so you know exactly where each piece will go.  This is very important because once you start wiring you won't be able to change anything that easily.

|| I then fitted all the parts together softly (without tightening much) so I could measure and cut the different wires that would extend down each arm.  To each section I added a bit more wire in case anything happened (probably around 3 extra inches).

|| I then worked on each arm of the chandy one by one.  Once I finished the wiring I tightened everything as hard as I could.

Here is another angle.  Sorry about the photos. It has been really cloudy and grey here and I don't have good lighting up here.


If you are attempting this and have more specific questions email me.  I would be glad to answer them.  If you are wondering about the painting....I'm in love! Its a piece by Jenny from My Favorite and My Best.  Here is her shop on etsy.  And the books....we need more bookshelves.....my husband has a book addiction and they are overtaking our home.  Its a good problem to have I'm not complaining. 

Go for it!  You will be proud and happy.  PROMISE!  See tutorial here.

Also, Kristen from Just a Girl and her Little Dog featured the Mongolian Stool as one of her favorite DIYs of 2013.  I was honored to be featured with some other great bloggers.  See here.  Thanks Kristen!

[ 1, 5, and 6 are by me, and  2 , 3 and 4 are from Lindsey Adelman ]

36 comments:

  1. Shut the front door. I cannot believe this. I am so impressed with your skills lady! I wonder if I am brave enough to attempt this??

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  2. Albertina la hiciste tu ?????? Ohhh yo quiero una igual algo entendí que te demoraste como 5 horas!!! Lo veo difícil o no . Me metí al tutorial pero creo que es fdificil . Yo tengo un lugar en que me vendría regio . Pero la veo difícil o no . Que me dices.? Me FASINO

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    1. lo puedes hacer sin problema!! No es dificil si lo haces con calma y paso a paso. Lo unico para ti es encontrar las partes.

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  3. Wow, very cool!! Not sure I'd be able to pull this one off though..!

    Xo-L
    brunchwithlaura.blogspot.com
    (formerly Simply Lowcountry)

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  4. Whoa~ That is so impressive! WTG!!!

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  5. Love, love, love it!! I have had the DIY page tagged for ages but can't seem to get up the courage to try it..BUT you have inspired me. New year's resolution? Make the dang chandelier!!

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  6. wow that is so amazing - great work! i need to try a project like this, something that intimidates me, but will also be so fulfilling once completed. great work!
    -- jackiejade.blogspot.com

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  7. What a fantastic DIY Albertina! The results are just so pretty!!

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  8. You are insanely talented Albertina. I am crazy impressed!

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  9. Shut up! Fantastic DIY. You must love it. great job.

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  10. Seriously?! Wow. You are ready for a tv show. Truly amazing.

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  11. I've been wanting to try this ever since I saw the tutorial last year. Looks great!

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  12. Amazing!!! Love the look and abstract qualities. You made a lamp and a piece of art! Bravo!

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  13. Bang is an understatement! This is insanely good

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  14. i am so goddamn impressed with you right now.

    i have wanted to make one for so long.

    the painting looks pretty awesome there with all the books and shit.

    xoxox

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  15. Wow looks amazing! I wish I had the ability to put this together.

    xx
    Staci

    http://www.leatherandleops.com/

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  16. Omg... amazing! I think I would be highly intimidated but you did a kick ass job!

    Champagne Lifestyle on a Beer Budget

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  17. This is so amazing! I love creative DIY's like this and I'm so glad you posted where the painting is from because I'm in love!

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  18. Albi, I am so impressed with your talent and craftmanship! Keep up the great job.

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  19. Albi, I am so impressed with your artistry and craftmanship!! Keep up the great job.

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  20. Albertina - I'm LOOOOOOOOOVING this! WAY TO GO!!!!!

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  21. Albertina! I love this chandelier and have wanted to make one myself! Thanks so much for all the information and links. Yours looks TDF!!! Congrats- you must be proud! I am for you!
    xo Nancy
    Powellbrowerhome.com

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  22. OMG. Talk about starting the year off with a bang, this is amazing!! I'd be so intimidated to take something like this on! It seriously looks fabulous.

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  23. Stunning Albertina!!! You're definitely a true handy girl :)

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  24. I am so excited you did this, it looks amazing!!!! Five hours is pretty fast too, especially considering you saved yourself about $10, 000.

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  25. You know back when the hubs and I were restoring historic homes I used to rewire all of the antique lighting - but I never thought of building a chandelier from scratch. I'm so impressed - looks phenomenal! Happy New Year!

    www.chattafabulous.blogspot.com

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  26. I've been dying to do this too... just so intimidated to mess with the wiring! I dunno... you're kind of talking me into it. It looks so good and the idea of two in one room is just bananas!

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    1. you are so handy. Of course you can do it...yes two hanging would be insane good.

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  27. i've wanted to try this and am now so inspired! awesome work!

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  28. I am IMPRESSED! You are brave and talented! I love how it blends so beautifully with the painting! xo.

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  29. Wow. Just wow. I looked at the directions and became immediately daunted. You are an inspiration. It looks fabulous!!!

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  30. this is stupid fly. am i brave enough??

    also, love your jenny original! girl be talented.

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  31. Hi -- great job on the chandelier! I am currently in the process of putting one together but am completely flummoxed as to how to wire that small cluster body. If all wires are clustered in the blue wire nuts, from where does the wire that runs to the larger cluster body come? I feel I am missing something obvious? Thanks for your help! -- Sarah

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