ORC Week 5: Chandelier Installation
ORC Week 5: Chandelier Installation this the Light at the End of the Tunnel. See how the new Chandelier Installation will bring new light to our project.
Welcome to ORC Week 5: Chandelier Installation as we install the new chandelier and we are hoping this brings us some light as we head toward the end of the project tunnel. This season on the ORC we will have been completing our Master Bathroom, which you all may remember got started last fall with our little toilet room upgrade, for the $100 room challenge, The Game of Thrones. That challenge just left us thirsty for more beautiful things like a chandelier, in our Master Bathroom
WEEKS AT A GLANCE:
Just in case you maybe wondering exactly what The One Room Challenge is, here is the link, and the scoop. This event was started by Linda Weinstein @ Calling It Home and is hosted twice a year, in April and October for the past 15 seasons. The ORC has hosted over 300 interior designers & home decor bloggers, that have joined together in this challenge to makeover one room in their own homes. The participants have total of six weeks, from start to finish, to complete a full room transformation. Over 3,500 rooms have been transformed through the One Room Challenge to date, and many spaces have been recognized and featured by several prestigious sites seen here:
THE INSPIRATION BOARD:
Hanging The Chandlier
This is the last week to really get things done so we have been doing several projects to get this room complete. The chandelier came in and we loved it. Below is the area where it needs to go, but you may notice there is no existing electrical. So we needed to run a box up to the area of the ceiling and add in additional switch to control the light. This is an area I would recommend that you hire a licensed electrician, especially if you do not have the background in Electrical as my husband does. However in the spirit of the competition, we are going to show you the full DIY portion.
Before starting any electrical project you will want to shut off the circuit breaker to area that you are working. Then the first thing we had to do was verify the placement of where to mount a weight baring electrical box. The box below is standard code for any weight barring light fixture or ceiling fan in residential use. This verification was done from the attic. So while you are up there, this is a great time to go ahead and pull the wire you will need as well. This process is done by using a wire snake, and fishing down through the wall and pulling the wire up through your existing box area over to the new light fixture box.
Once you have the wire in place with a little extra it is time to cut your hole, find the center and cut a hole in your ceiling to install the brace kit. The brace is meant to attach or span between your rafters or beams directly to brace your electrical box.
Then you install the electrical box directly to the support bar. Now you are ready to pull the wire through the box and install the chandlier.
For the switches, that will require a little more work since you are going from a double box to a triple box. As you can see I currently have one dimmable light and an exhaust fan in this box. We will be adding a second dimmable switch for the chandlier, and cutting out the wall for the bigger box.
Again, MAKE SURE THE CIRCUT and ALL POWER IS OFF! You will want to remove the the existing switches. You can see where the new line has been run to the far right since the wire is not already cut. This will help you with switch placement too. Since I want the fan switch to be closest to mirror, and the vanity light to be the closest to the door. Once you have the old box cut free from the wall screws you will cut out the sheet rock to make more room to remove the box. Measure the box and draw a basic line on the wall to give yourself a template.We were very lucky and came in just shy of the next stud, so three switches is our max capacity in this space. If we had run into a stud we had a little room to shift back to the left, but we had already done preliminary work with a stud finder and our pre-build pictures to verify what was in that wall. We added the new box with our desired layout of switches. Then stripped down the new wire for the chandlier switch in the middle.Then wired up all the the switches and ground wires accordingly to complete the circuit. Then put all the switches neatly into the box.
Now we have a bank of three switches verses two and both our vanity and chandlier lights are dimmable.
I am so excited to have a gorgeous chandlier above my jetted garden tub, which feels like it should have always been there since day one. It adds just the right amount of formalness to the space but still keeps that modern industrial farmhouse vibe that I love so much.
Also I know I had mentioned using Edison bulbs in this fixture, which I do love. However when I saw this fixture in place I felt like the frosted candle opera bulbs matched the vanity shades better. Also a little birdie at Highpoint Market mentioned that Edison Bulbs were on the the way out as far as trends go.
Plus, Edison bulbs are not very functional for a bathroom space since the amount of light they put out are not so great. They are great for creating mood lighting, so I say if you love them keep them for your media rooms and bar areas, but maybe not in all the other spaces of your home.
DIY Ceiling Accent
This is such a fun and easy project and the wow factor is so amazing. I am not even going to lie, I saw this application last year at the Atlanta Southeastern Designers Showhouse and it has been stuck in my mind ever since. However, they used a brown burlap ribbon and brass tacks and I dressed mine up with a black burlap ribbon and stainless steel tacks.
So check this out…. now do you see why I was completely obsessed with this idea? Okay so here is how I did it. First I painted the inside of ceiling Dorian Gray from Sherwin Williams. I used a black burlap ribbon and 1-3/16″ stainless steel upholstery tacks.
I pre cut the ribbon the length of each side and even distributed the upholstery tacks into the ceiling. No glue, not even big holes will be left if you decide to take it down or change it out. This concept is brillant.
My only tip and suggestion is that you do not allow the ribbon to overlap. Since it is burlap over lapping creates a dark area so you will want to be pretty precise in your cutting at the corners.
The Final Projects:
We also have the installation of our new Designer Drain Cover that I custom ordered. I am so excited about this one and it was such a find. I met up with these vendor while I was at the Interior Designer Conferance in Atlanta in February and fell in love with their products and knew I needed a custom piece for this challenge.
I have a DIY art project for the walls that I will be sharing the full tutorial with you later on this month. Just know this is the before picture and I will repurposing this piece and working my painting magic on this one! Plus we are still making a DIY Tub Tray, but I think I am going to save the full DIY on this for after the challenge since my post is getting so very long.
THE PROPOSED SCHEDULE:
WEEK 1: Introduction, Inspiration Board, Ordering and Procurement of Supplies WEEK 2: TILE- Tile Work in Toilet Room WEEK 3: TRIM- DIY Wainscot Panels & Built In Window Cornice WEEK 4: PAINT – Paint Room, Paint Closet Unit, Work on Linen Closet WEEK 5: ELECTRICAL- Light Fixtures, Chandlier Installation, Ceiling Decor Trim Out, Finishing Touches, (DIY-A Tub Tray?)
WEEK 6: REVEAL