Thursday, April 23, 2020

Why DIYing a Tack Shed Chandelier is a Bad Idea (For Me)

So remember when I mentioned I was trying to DIY some lamps? Being stuck in the house 24/7 gave me a bit of a yen to decorate things. I decided to start with bedroom lamps - our comforter is aqua (or you know, teal) and grey, so I figured matching lamps wouldn't be too hard to find. And they weren't. But damn, lamps are expensive y'all! So I managed to meander down a rabbit hole of DIYing Mason jar lamps, and it sounded like something that would at least keep me busy for a week or two, so I got started.
Two old blue quart jars. Check.
Two Mason jar lamp converters, check. Had those bulbs lying around the house, so tossed them in to make sure that everything worked. 
Let there be light!
And then I started trolling around for lamp shades. Which, man, what a fucking racket. Those are also annoyingly expensive. I briefly considered trying to DIY those too, but decided I was all crafted out. Finally I settled on some and placed my order. And this is what I got:
😂😂😂😂😂
I giggled like a maniac when I opened the box. DH watched me put them on, looked at me, looked back at the lamps, sighed, and walked out of the room. To be fair, they definitely did list the shade dimensions, but I'm not a very visual person in terms of being able to imagine measurements when I read them, so I just assumed it would be okay. Whoops. 
Eventually I'll buy bigger lampshades, but for now, they make me smile every time I see them, so they can stay! 

Annnnnnnd that's the reason it would be a truly terrible idea for me to DIY a chandelier for the tack shed. This is one of those times I'm happy to shell out for something I'm really bad at doing myself 😆
This bad boy should be delivered tomorrow!
So I bought a chandelier. I wasn't super keen on paying what Amazon had it listed for, but then I found it almost half as much on eBay. And then Jen sealed the deal when she said "It's the perfect blend of 'this is a barn' 'easy to clean' and 'THIS GIRL IS A LITTLE EXTRA". Sold. Gimme the chandelier.

14 comments:

  1. Those lamp shades are something else. Teehee!

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    1. Every time I walk by them I laugh out loud. Which is something I need right now... haha

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  3. The lampshades are HILARIOUS! I kind of think they should stay for the entertainment value.
    Love the chandelier, it's totally extra, while having an easy to clean dust catcher. Perfect for a tack shed.

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    1. I mean, the odds of me actually spending money to replace them soon are astronomically tiny 😂 but yes, I'm so excited about the chandelier! It's very me 😅

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  4. You know, I think a blog post about a tack room chandelier is awesome. All I have is a bare bulb with a cover. Now I feel inadequate

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    1. Quarantine is the perfect time to indulge in some retail therapy 😉 treat yo'self! Get a new light fixture!

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    2. I would do it just to see the look on Ed’s face. 🤣🤣🤣

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    3. Seriously, they make small ones that fit over existing light fixtures, I came across a couple of those in my search!

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  5. LOL at the lamps. I always get light fixtures wrong so I'm glad you're able to laugh at yours!

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    1. If I couldn't laugh at myself and the stupid things I do the world would be a very boring place, lol.

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  6. Those lamp shades are comically small lol

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