I was going through my photo archives and I came across a project that I thought I'd share with you.
When I first moved into my current home, I was dying to install a fancy crystal chandelier in my guest bedroom. I had installed this wallpaper....
And I needed a chandelier to achieve the look I was going for. Something like the look here.
Needless to say, at $700, the large crystal chandeliers available online were out of the question.
And the local big box stores just didn't offer the price or selections I was hoping for.
So, I decided to hit the pavement and try to find a DIY option. It took me a little time, but eventually I ran into the perfect item with the perfect price at Hobo's Consignment in Greer, SC.
I must admit that I first had to look past it's gaudy gold finish and see it for what it could become. With a $22 price tag, that was pretty easy to do.
Honestly, the whole project was really simple. (Sorry, no pictures. This was a while back ago)
- I started by removing ALL of the crystals and giving them a good cleaning in the dishwasher.
- Then I simply spray painted the metal framing with the desired finish color. I selected hammered spray paint by Rust Oleum in Dark Bronze
- The chandelier candle sleeves were damaged so I purchased an inexpensive set at Lowe's and sprayed them with the bronze paint.
- Then I simply reattached all of the crystals. Some found new homes, since I couldn't actually recall how they were attached exactly. There were alot of them.
So for about $40 and very little labor, I got a beautiful chandelier that is always a hit when people come over. And frankly, anything I can do, you can do (maybe even better).
If you try it out, or already have, share a picture with me at firstname.lastname@example.org