What happens when you give your boyfriend a present you secretly (and not so secretly) want for yourself? Everyone’s happy! I got Dieter a wonderful pendant lamp, and I must say that our dining area has never looked better. Or more finished.
I ordered this particular lamp from La Redoute and it was quite the challenge to install due to its size and our old ceilings. Get ready for a really boring but potentially useful tip.
Dropped ceilings like ours are far less sturdy than their modern day equivalents like drywall, and I’d already had a run in with our living room ceiling when I tried to install a vintage pendant lamp with the help of a toggle bolt. It did not turn out great and I ended up with a big hole in the ceiling. So when the lamp arrived my heart skipped a beat: it was so heavy! Were we going to have to send it back? So I googled and did some research but found no clear answer, and eventually the solution came from the man in our hardware store. Ceilings like ours are apparently often made out of a combination of plaster and wood (or something like that) so if you see little threads coming out of the plaster in the ceiling where your connection is you can just screw in a wood screw without first drilling a hole and inserting a wall plug. The key here is to insert the two screws in an angle pointing toward each other to hold the weight. This worked for us, but i’m not a professional handyman of course, so in case you have some doubts and are afraid to ruin your lamp and ceiling, hire a pro. Anyway, here’s the result! Hope you like it as much as we do?