We take the chandelier back down, string the painted medallian, make sure the hole is covered, connect the wires, test to make sure it works, start to screw in the base...only to find that the new screw is not long enough for the darn vintage base thats about 3 inches deep (refer back to pic 1 to see the pretty scalloped base). So down it comes...again...and by this time Tom wants to throw the darn thing out the window (and me with it.) We already know that Home Depot doesn't have a long enough screw so we try Menards...no luck...they just don't make the 1/4" screws (nipples) anymore, they're all 1/8". As a last resort we head to our local Frattalone's Ace Hardware and they actually have another 1/4" screw the same length as the one we got at Home Depot BUT they have a little coupling that hooks the two together and VIOLA! We now have one that's long enough and that pesky (but pretty) vintage chandelier finally gets hung at 3:30. I don't know why Tom was so upset...it only took 7 hours and 6 trips to various hardware stores.
Final cost of the $79 chandelier = $302.00 (and almost my marriage)
Moral of the story = Don't buy a friggin' vintage chandelier (ok...maybe one more, just don't tell Tom)