Walking through a garden center last weekend we spotted a pergola on sale half price. It took us about 4 hours to put together, but it was worth it. As things seem to go, we have had heavy rains since then, so getting pictures was a little tough.
I love this time of year when the Rose of Sharon are blooming, my favorite is the Blue one.
We have all varieties, both double and single, and most colors. They are beautiful this year. Sitting on the terrace with a cup of coffee in the early morning is a wonderful. The day is quiet, the birds are singing, and the flowers look stunning throughout the garden. Okay I am a romantic, I know.
I wanted a crystal chandelier to hang from the center of the pergola. Using an old brass light fixture from the basement was the key.
Using a screw driver, unscrew the screws on the side of the electrical candle holder that hold the wires in place and the unit top and bottom together.
Remove the upper portion of the electrical candle holder. It should slide apart. You can leave the candle cup if you are using taper type of candles, mine were cracked so they were removed to leave a base for wide pillar candles.
Bend the metal that holds the candle flat. I trimmed mine with tin snips, but you can leave them and attach crystals through the screw holes later. Strip the wires from the chandelier. They will pull easily through the top center shaft where it hangs from.
Use spray paint for an outdoor/metal application to change the color to suit your decor. I added plastic crystals since it was going to be outdoors, but old glass ones would be great.
Now where did I put all those extra pillar candles from my daughter's wedding?