Every log cabin needs a feature piece, and a deer antler chandelier in the great room fits that description. It adds a unique, rustic feel to the space. Doing this yourself from natural shed antlers can save you a significant amount of money.
Step 1: Clean the Antlers
An oil-based soap and some elbow grease are all that’s necessary to clean up deer antlers. If necessary, you can sanitize the antlers through boiling. Make sure you allow the antlers to dry for a day or more before moving on.
Step 2: Seal the Antlers
Since you don’t want your log cabin chandelier to deteriorate over time, you’ll need to seal them. Polyurethane spray is the best choice, though it does require a few layers. Make sure you allow the antlers to dry thoroughly between applications for the best results.
Step 3: Add Bulb Sockets
Presuming you want to light up your log cabin’s chandelier, it’s time to add bulb sockets. Bear in mind how big the devices are and where you plan to lay the electrical wires when selecting antlers for this step.
Step 4: Drill Holes for Wires
At this point, you should have a rough idea of how you want this project to come together. You can now use an electric drill to create small holes in each antler. These holes will support the necessary shape wiring in the next step.
Step 5: Wire the Antlers Together
Now it’s time to pass the wire through the holes. It’s best to start loose with this step, and then tighten once all the holes are threaded. This way allows you to adjust the final shape until it’s perfect. Once you’re satisfied, tighten the wires down.
You will also want to place the light socket wires at this time. These wires will need to join in the center of the chandelier so they can then wire into an electricity source. To do this, you may need to pass the electrical wires through the small holes in the antlers so they do not stick out.
Step 6: Add Bulbs
At this point, you should have a log cabin chandelier shape completed. Move the antler near where you intend to place it. Then, add the light bulbs to the arrangement. From this point on, be careful not to jolt or bump the chandelier. Otherwise, you’ll need to replace bulbs sooner.
Step 7: Hang the Chandelier in Your Log Cabin
Before you can let your chandelier hang in your log cabin, you need to anchor it to the roof. Since it will be on the heavier side, you’ll need to ensure your anchor is at a structurally sound point. This anchor may also require you to do a bit of shoring up.
This step is best completed with your log cabin’s electricity switched off. Installing a chandelier requires a ceiling box for the electrical, the anchor, and some wiring know-how. Install the ceiling box first. Then attach the chandelier. Lastly, make sure all the wiring lines up. Now you have a beautiful new fixture for your log cabin.