Friday, September 10, 2010
My New (to me!) Chandelier.
I love chandeliers! They epitomize elegance. You can use them in a traditional decor as well as a shabby cottage chic, Paris apartment or eclectic funky country decor.
I have been every fortunate to score five chandeliers over that last few years. I have never paid more than $10.00 for each of them. My largest and most elaborate one I paid a mere $3.00 for!! (start the car, start the car!...no really....the guy selling it thought it was truly very ugly.....but what do (most) guys know about chandeliers anyhow!??)
I picked my latest chandy up at a yard sale last Saturday while I was on my way to Mike's Barn. (See previous post). I had stopped into said yardsale the day before and the owner was asking $35.00 for it. So.....I waited until the weather changed to rainy and windy conditions and stopped back at 2 in the afternoon and offered him $10.00. He gladly said, "Sure!".
Here "she" is hanging from a vintage birdcage stand.
She still had the ceiling attachment connected and the wires had just been cut, so I knew I would need to rewire it. She was also very dirty and grimey. Normally I would just get out my Wundex and paper towels to clean the crystals, but I wanted to make sure she was thoroughly clean.
So I took her apart....very.....very....carefully. I took a pic of the sequence of fittings so I would know how to put her back together. I washed the crystals in a plastic tub with warm soapy water in it. I rinsed in clear warm water and wiped carefully with an old terry towel.
I had a small jar of antique gold leaf paint so I used it up on the frame and fittings.
I went to Lowe's yesterday and picked up a roll of gold lamp wire, a new plug and an inline switch for about $12.00. And......here she is in her new "dress"!!
She is radiant once more!
I'll post another picture of her this evening once it gets dark.
Have a wonderful afternoon.
Warm hugs, Laura
P.S. Here is an evening pic.