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Dining Room Chandelier, Part 2

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After careful unpacking and inspection of more than 12 boxes, my contractor, Bob Tobin, and his team from BC Interiors began the process of actually installing the chandeliers. It really made me feel great to see some details and accessories arrive. I am starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel...but I do want to make some changes so look out for another chandelier post with the rods and new canopies.

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I trust one man to handle and deliver anything and everything that goes in and out of my apartment: Cesar. He has arrived with the chandeliers

1 I trust one man to handle and deliver anything and everything that goes in and out of my apartment: Cesar. He has arrived with the chandeliers

They start to fill the moving box.

2 They start to fill the moving box.

Here they go.

3 Here they go.

Carefully unloading each box.

4 Carefully unloading each box.

The box is starting to fill up.

5 The box is starting to fill up.

The building closed off the front courtyard for the delivery.

6 The building closed off the front courtyard for the delivery.

Cesar decides to hand hold the most fragile parts.

7 Cesar decides to hand hold the most fragile parts.

They're coming in.

8 They're coming in.

Once upstairs, they find the best spot to place the more fragile parts.

9 Once upstairs, they find the best spot to place the more fragile parts.

Then, the larger boxes start coming in.

10 Then, the larger boxes start coming in.

Careful....

11 Careful....

Gentle....

12 Gentle....

Reminds me that bubble wrap celebrates it's 50th anniversary this year.

13 Reminds me that bubble wrap celebrates it's 50th anniversary this year.

More boxes keep coming.

14 More boxes keep coming.

They are delicate pieces.

15 They are delicate pieces.

Here are a variety of bulbs to test out which style I like best.

16 Here are a variety of bulbs to test out which style I like best.

Thanks guys!

17 Thanks guys!

My dining room before the chandeliers are installed. I carefully measure out exactly where they should hang in relation to the table.

18 My dining room before the chandeliers are installed. I carefully measure out exactly where they should hang in relation to the table.

Close up of the spots.

19 Close up of the spots.

I sneak a peek.

20 I sneak a peek.

First, I removed the dining chairs.

21 First, I removed the dining chairs.

My contractor Bob Tobin moves the table out of the way.

22 My contractor Bob Tobin moves the table out of the way.

His crew slides it out of the way.

23 His crew slides it out of the way.

Remove the leaf.

24 Remove the leaf.

Finally have a clear space to work.

25 Finally have a clear space to work.

The crew covers the floor with a cloth, board and paper for protection.

26 The crew covers the floor with a cloth, board and paper for protection.

Done.

27 Done.

The ladder goes up.

28 The ladder goes up.

The electrician Jerry starts his work.

29 The electrician Jerry starts his work.

Here he is starting to figure out what's what.

30 Here he is starting to figure out what's what.

Screwing in the electrical box.

31 Screwing in the electrical box.

He's checking the work.

32 He's checking the work.

Close up of Jerry securing mounting hardware.

33 Close up of Jerry securing mounting hardware.

Checking to make sure all of the mounting hardware is here.

34 Checking to make sure all of the mounting hardware is here.

Laying out all he needs.

35 Laying out all he needs.

Close up of electrical box.

36 Close up of electrical box.

Canopy I am not using.

37 Canopy I am not using.

Connecting wires.

38 Connecting wires.

Attaching canopy.

39 Attaching canopy.

Canopy installed.

40 Canopy installed.

Loop collar for the chain.

41 Loop collar for the chain.

Securing the chandelier's foundation.

42 Securing the chandelier's foundation.

Tightening up.

43 Tightening up.

Unpacking the chandelier frame.

44 Unpacking the chandelier frame.

Carefully unwrapping.

45 Carefully unwrapping.

I can see it.

46 I can see it.

There it is without the crystals.

47 There it is without the crystals.

The guys even admired it.

48 The guys even admired it.

Trying to figure out what's what.

49 Trying to figure out what's what.

Chain is attached.

50 Chain is attached.

Determining hanging length.

51 Determining hanging length.

Running wire through the chain.

52 Running wire through the chain.

Keep going.

53 Keep going.

It gets a little complicated.

54 It gets a little complicated.

Close up of chain and wiring system.

55 Close up of chain and wiring system.

It's taking a while to get it just right.

56 It's taking a while to get it just right.

Measuring chain length.

57 Measuring chain length.

Measuring total length of base and chain.

58 Measuring total length of base and chain.

Measuring from electrical box.

59 Measuring from electrical box.

The guys form a plan to hang it.

60 The guys form a plan to hang it.

Jerry starts to hang the chandelier.

61 Jerry starts to hang the chandelier.

His able assistant helps out.

62 His able assistant helps out.

Thank goodness he is tall enough.

63 Thank goodness he is tall enough.

Determining the exact proportions of chandelier and table. What to do with extra wire?

64 Determining the exact proportions of chandelier and table. What to do with extra wire?

First one is hung.

65 First one is hung.

Time to start unpacking the crystals.

66 Time to start unpacking the crystals.

Now the fun of hanging the crystals.

67 Now the fun of hanging the crystals.

Another angle into the kitchen.

68 Another angle into the kitchen.

That is a serious problem. What a mess.

69 That is a serious problem. What a mess.

Crystal close up.

70 Crystal close up.

Chandelier number two.

71 Chandelier number two.

This one gets hung faster as the guys know exactly what needs to be done.

72 This one gets hung faster as the guys know exactly what needs to be done.

Even Bob gets involved in hanging crystals.

73 Even Bob gets involved in hanging crystals.

He admires his work.

74 He admires his work.

A first glimpse.

75 A first glimpse.

Socket detail. Which bulbs to choose....

76 Socket detail. Which bulbs to choose....

Started with the candelabra choice with a flame tip. I like it but want to try round ones, too.

77 Started with the candelabra choice with a flame tip. I like it but want to try round ones, too.

It keeps going.

78 It keeps going.

Wow. Looks like they are floating.

79 Wow. Looks like they are floating.

I start to look at the possibilities.

80 I start to look at the possibilities.

The table goes back in place.

81 The table goes back in place.

The extra leaf sits under the table on a towel.

82 The extra leaf sits under the table on a towel.

This is the moment when I think that I want a rod and not the chain as well as a square canopy.

83 This is the moment when I think that I want a rod and not the chain as well as a square canopy.

I taped out where the mirror will hang, too, so I can get a sense of the whole space.

84 I taped out where the mirror will hang, too, so I can get a sense of the whole space.

Looking into the living room, the light at the end of the tunnel fades.

85 Looking into the living room, the light at the end of the tunnel fades.

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Comments (11)

  • divine. i so look forward to ur blogs; want u to be my decorator. semi looking for chandeliers. would love to know how much they set u back. absolutely gorgeous. stunning. will love fab with mirror. can't wait. living vicariously through u. can ya tell i like shiny things.

  • Haven't visited the blog in a while. The room looks great! The double chandeliers will be breathtaking with the mirror.

  • I totally agree with you, Cesar is the best. He had been working for us for over 10 years, and nothing has ever got broken or lost. That's a good track record.

  • Interesting step by step photos, the chandeliers looks stunning. Love the view from the window. Beautiful.
    Good luck.

  • Kevin, I agree with you on the rods and square canopies on those chandeliers. It will give them a clean definable appearance and bring harmony with the table. They are going to look astonishing with that table and mirror. You got to be feeling like a five year old in a candy store by now! Okay now pinch me I need to wake up! Thank you for sharing.
    Dawn.

  • Kevin - I'm loving the chandeliers!

    I want to do something similar to what you have planned with mirrors but the cost of large custom mirrors is too prohibitive for me....unfortunately.

  • Wow, nice chandelier, but amazing view! You're very lucky.

  • Kevin, I have followed you some on Martha's show, and I am not sure of your need for intimate dining, but I would consider a dimmer switch if you haven't already. Are the fixtures too high?

  • You're definitely right about the heinous chain/wire situation. Was the height of the chandelier determined purely by composition or are there guidelines?

  • @Brian, don't give up! Plenty of businesses liquidating these days, keep your eyes peeled for those "everything in the store has to go" sales. Architectural salvage is another possibility. Just be ready to do the heavy lifting.

  • i dont like either one of the sofas. how about 2 small sofas

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