Remember way back when, when we scored some freebie and garage sale finds HERE? Well we're putting this piece to good use as a mobile-like option above our little man's changing table. If you look closely, it's actually missing one of the five pieces of glass, which is perfect, because we would've removed the glass anyway. It's from IKEA and we were contemplating putting it in our master toilet (HERE) but decided against it once we wanted to make it into a mobile.
We were looking at a host of utilitarian looking mobiles and couldn't find exactly what we were envisioning. We knew we wanted something interactive, just like our metallic display board HERE. Walt like THIS one and I loved THIS one, but neither was screaming buy me so we sat tight. We were out in the garage and I can't remember who (most likely Walt) had the genius idea of using this old chandelier as a type of mobile. Then my Mom and Walt even agreed that we could turn it upside down and wow, that opened a whole new can of worms.
Once Walt removed the wiring and glass covers, we decided we wanted to hang it, as is, as we have other plans up our sleeves in the near future. Read on to see how we hung it on the ceiling (super, duper securely as we don't want any baby smooshing mobile changing table drama) and some of our ideas for mobilizing it too! Walt removed removed the wiring and chain-link cord and we got down to business hanging that sucker.
Trying to line it up in the center and decide how far out we wanted it from the curtains. It was actually harder than it looked. Why? We had to make sure it looked centered above the changing table (yep, we're using an old desk we scored HERE for free, but more on that in another post) while also being functional with the opening/closing of our curtain panels. It was the perfect size and would work beautifully, SCORE!
Walt already had a screw anchor with eyelet in his bag of tricks and I purchased some of these hanging hooks from my recent trip to IKEA when my parents came to visit. Combining the two was the perfect way to hang our makeshift chandelier mobile above the mister man's changing table. Walt used an electric stud finder (haha, the name of that device always makes me laugh) to locate the stud and it just happened to be in the center of the window. The DIY gods were on our side with this one. He pre-drilled a hole and then screwed that puppy right in...easy peasy!
Using his manly brute force to screw it in.
Using a set of pliers to bend the s-hook from IKEA so that it would close a little bit tighter. He was thinking ahead because he didn't want any chandelier mobile shenanigans falling from the ceiling, on his DIY watch.
Eyelet with s-hook attached...and we're ready for the chandelier mobile.
Seriously, he does look all cute and proud, doesn't he? Ahhhhh, I way love it. It looks great up there!
Umm, yeah, worst...design...picture...ever. What can I say, we're keepin' it real! This was pre-hemming of the curtain panels (more on that HERE) and the addition of the roller shade too. You can also see that the changing table has become ground zero for all of Walt's tools while we work on the nursery. But at least you can get the idea of how it looks, hanging in front of the window and above the table. We made sure we wouldn't bonk our head at all while bending down to change lil' man's bottom...it's the perfect height and we're smitten.
Whoops, I had to remind Walt to remove the stickers and light bulbs...we won't be needing those. So as for our ideas on how to mobilize this old chandelier for mega baby viewing pleasure...here's some of the things we're throwing around. Please feel free to share any genius thoughts in the comment section too!
- spray paint it a brighter, vibrant color
- place mini world globes on each pedestal
- incorporate planes/rocket ships
- hang felt animals from each arm
- create some sort of ribbony goodness like Lindsay did HERE
- layer hanging shells or capiz for a more natural look
- wrap it in twigs/sticks to create something that looks like a nest with birds
- place mason jars on top filled with a collection of something
- spray paint hot wheels cars and attach them
- do something with vintage neckties
So yeah, we obviously have some more brainstorming and research to do in order to figure out a game plan for this freebie, fun and whimsical chandelier mobile. We just want something to grab little bubs attention while we change him so whether or not that's a hanging addition or a colorful addition, we still haven't decided. Suggest away, we'd love to hear from you.
Also, another thing we've tackled recently is Scotch Guarding the glider. I know, I know...it's like spraying chemical laden nastiness all over our glider but I just wanted it to stay pseudo-clean. Believe me, that sucker has been off-gassing in our detached garage for weeks because I surely don't want it up in the nursery yet. Hopefully, it protects the upholstery and we'll have this glider for years.
I literally ran my preggo butt out there, snapped the quickest picture and ran back in. That junk is so toxic that I didn't even want to be around it for a hot second. Maybe I should have researched greener options for us. Oh well, you can't win em all...right?
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