Chandeliers - never in my life did I ever think I would be drawn to them. I've never been a "girlie girl", not a huge fan of pink and certainly not a lover of all things white (gets dirty WAAAAY too fast!). Well, hold onto your hats, this girl is coming of age!!
When I first moved into my little house, I went on a lighting campaign. All the fixtures in the house were cheap crappy ugly ones that I couldn't bear to live with. I bought nice new fixtures until that budget ran out and then I bought stuff on huge markdown to replace the ugly stuff until I could find exactly what I wanted.
In my bedroom I thought I wanted a Moravian star. I love those fixtures! So I bought and installed one in there. Wait for it, the BEFORE shot from my take no prisoners master bedroom makeover madness project:
*shudder* That orange and brown with stained wood trim... so glad it's gone!
I can tell you now, that light fixture mocked me. It was off-center (hate that). It was a single 60 watt max bulb in a 200 square foot room with the closet at the opposite end of the room. It was ALWAYS DUSTY. Crap. It was also $200 out of my lighting budget, so it stayed.
This past year my love affair with the chandelier began. My favourite kind of chandelier is a bare basic model that looks like the candle chandelier I got from Ikea for my last house:
I still love this fixture...
But Ikea doesn't sell that one anymore and I don't like what they do sell and it wasn't wired anyway. I bought a cute smaller version of this fixture at a yard sale for $5 and after a few months, painted it shabby white (shabby being more the way I painted it rather than a colour).
and here it is painted with a few crystals added for good measure.
Then, wonder of wonders, I found a similar wired chandelier at Home Depot for $70. That baby was coming home with me!
I didn't take a photo, too excited to spray paint the fixture. Here's the best I can do - photo from side of box:
The photo on the box makes the wrought iron look like it's one colour - it isn't. The actual finish is mottled light black/dark black and I didn't care for it much, that's why I painted it antique white. When I get tired of the white, I'll spray paint it satin black. Cause that's the way I roll. Give me a year or so and it'll change again...
After I spray painted the fixture, I hung it and swagged the very long chain over to dead center of the ceiling - WIN-WIN!!! Well not really, cause I didn't wait long enough for the paint to dry and so I wound up touching up the paint with latex paint that didn't quite match. That's why I have embraced the shabby chic style, it matches my impatient, instant gratification junky nature.
The chandelier looks kinda wonky in this photo, but you can take my word for it - soooo much better!
Then I decided I wanted some bling on it. I live in the boonies - have I mentioned that enough? No Michaels, no Home Sense, no craft stores to speak of... Luckily it's close to Christmas and the decorations are beginning to appear. I found one container of crystals at Target and one length of a chunky crystal garland. I attached them to the chandelier using single strands of picture wire.
When the light is turned on, it's so sparkly - I love it!! And when I decide I don't love it anymore I can easily remove the crystals. (The remaining crystals are on the candle chandelier above.)
I'm still searching for even more crystals to add or maybe some lamp shades with prism tassels, hmmmm... Isn't it fun to take something and make it yours? Happy decorating!
With a small budget, big dreams and a love of a challenge, Anne blogs about renovating and decorating her tiny 1930s bungalow. A self-taught artist and professed power tool lover, she enjoys writing, gardening, photography, nature and diy'ing. And she's never met a dumpster she didn’t want to root through! Come along for the ride!!