How To: Adjust Chandelier Height

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Before baby came to be, the room getting all my attention lately has been the kitchen. Now, I’ve realized my bedroom and the nursery need to be ready in just 6 short months. That may seem like a long time, but, I tend to move at a very slow pace. I’ve really done nothing to our bedroom since we moved in other than painting the walls that same color as the rest of the house. The thing that really drove me crazy was the huge Tommy Bahama style ceiling fan that just didn’t go with any of my décor. So, I decided that would be the first thing to go.

I bought this Rustic Wire Chandelier light fixture at World Market yesterday, and it happened to be great timing because they are having their Friends & Family event with 30% off your purchase through Monday 5/2.

When I got the light fixture home, removed the ceiling fan and took the new fixture out of the box, I realized the chain/cord on the chandelier was so long that the fixture would basically be sitting on my bed if I hung it as is. Now, could I hang the fixture at the right height and somehow drape the cord around the top of the fixture? Yes. Am I too much of a perfectionist for this? Yes. Since I’ve had to adjust the chain/cord length on every hanging light fixture I’ve installed, I decided to show you all how to adjust to the proper height.

Step 1
The first step is to figure out how long you want the chain to be by determining the height of the bottom of the chandelier. For a chandelier hanging over a bed, the bottom of the fixture should be approximately 7 feet from the ground. My bedroom ceiling is 9 feet high so that means the bottom of the chandelier to the ceiling  should be 2 feet. However, that actual chandelier is almost 2 feet tall so the fixture ended up hanging about 6 1/2 feet from the ground.

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Step 2
Now that you’ve determined how long the chain should be, it’s time to adjust the length. The electrical cord can be fed through the ceiling cap and adjusted in step 3. For now, you will focus on the chain (if there is one). I pulled the electrical cord through the ceiling cap until it was the length I wanted. The excess chain should be hanging around the bottom of the cord. Starting at the bottom of the chain, I pried the bottom chain link open and removed it from around the top of the chandelier. Every 5 links or so, the chain will be attached to the electrical cord. I worked my way up the chain links, unattaching them until the chain was the same link as the electrical cord. Once you have the desired length, you will need to reattach 1 chain link to the bottom of the chain and to the top of the chandelier to reconnect the two.

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Step 3
Now that the chain is the correct length, you have extra electrical cord above the ceiling cap. You should have the ends of the white, black and copper wires exposed to connect to the electric box in the ceiling. (that additional white string you see in my photo is just that, a string that you cut away) You only need a few inches of this wire exposed so you will remove the outer layer of the electric cord (the black plastic outer layer) by making a tiny cut vertically, without cutting through any of the internal wires. You’ll be able to pull the wires apart in order to remove the outside layer down toward the ceiling cap. Remove the outer layer until you are approximately 2-3 inches from the ceiling cap.

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Step 4:
Now that the outer layer of the electrical cord is cut away, you can shorten the wires connection wires. Each wire has a colored covering protecting it and also distinguishing which wire is for which connection. You need about 1″ to 1 1/2″ of copper wire exposed from under the wire covering. About an inch from the end, use a wire stripper to remove the outside layer. A wire stripper will allow you to do this without cutting any of the actual wires. (I did this with scissors, but if you do this…be very very careful to not cut through any wires). Once cut the covering, you should be able to pull it away to exposed the end of the interior wires.

IMG_5635  Your chandelier height should be adjusted! Now time to remove the old fixture and install the new one for an updated look! See my post How To: Change A Light Fixture for those steps.

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Surprise!

I can finally let you all know why I’ve been a little MIA lately…

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That’s right! Baby Blackwood is arriving in Fall 2016!!!!

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We are beyond excited for this little adventure and I am already so obsessed with this little munchkin!

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I’ve certainly been lucky to not have much morning sickness, however, the fatigue is no joke! Working a full time job, keeping a house running smoothly and trying to work on projects for blog has been a huge challenge during the first trimester. I came home from work so exhausted everyday and on my days off, just getting out of bed, showering, going to the grocery store and cleaning the house was a win in my book. I am 13 weeks now, and feel my energy levels getting somewhat back to normal, although, every once in a while I push myself too hard and am useless on my day off…like today. So I thought I’d just lie in bed and post to you all!

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Not only is our family expanding, but the blog is expanding too! I’ve added a “Baby” page to the menu to share all the updates, planning, decorating and preparations related to baby. My hope is to be open and honest about this journey, to share excitement and fears, and to maybe inspire someone else along the way. This is our first child so I really don’t know what to expect but I have to give a shoutout to my friends and family. I have an amazing support system and lucky, most of my girlfriends have had babies and are the most supportive, non-judgmental group of women and I am so lucky to have them through all of this. And a shout out to my amazingly talented photography friend Janine, of J Soltman Photography, who took these beautiful photos of hubby and I. On top of that, my husband has already been absolutely amazing! Helping me out when I need it and being so understanding when I’m not feeling well or…when I start crying…out of no where…and he has no idea why…:)

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I hope you all are excited for the new blog addition, probably not as excited as I am 🙂 I would love your comments and suggestions about things you’d like to see me post about.

Inspired by…2016 HGTV Dream House

The weather lately you guys…it feels like summertime in the Northwest! And I am LOVING every minute of it!! It is making me ready to get back outside and get some outdoor projects done, like finishing our back deck which sat half-finished all winter…oops. Currently, I’m working on finishing up the breakfast nook and it’s almost done. I am painting some old dining room chairs white. This is taking some time because they were originally black so it takes about 3 coats of paint to cover. But yesterday I found THE MOST adorable chair cushions and Homegoods and I’m so excited for you guys to see them! Super plush, tufted, paisley and floral in white, grey and tan!!! They are going to be perfect for my space! Yep, these are the things I get excited about…

I think you all know that I have a slight obsession with HGTV. There is a new show, Good Bones, where a mom and daughter are renovating houses around Indianapolis. It’s pretty cute, and pretty much my dream. Did you hear that mom? Put your house on the market, move to Portland and start thinking of t.v. show names. 🙂 Anyway, every year HGTV does a Dream House that they renovate top to bottom and then give away to a winner. This year’s house is on Merritt Island in Florida and I wish I was that lucky winner because this dream house is truly dreamy. You can view photos of the entire house on http://www.hgtv.com as well as take a virtual tour but for now, here are some of my favorite shots. Enjoy!

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