Thursday, February 6, 2014

Crystal Chandelier Love

I know I am not alone in my love for chandeliers.
I am contemplating where the next one will go.
I have one waiting… but I need Bill's help to hang it.
I thought we could take a look around at the various examples in our home.
The light fixtures in this house were so ugly. We systematically replaced them as we saw them at garage sales or for free. 

This one hangs in our entry way. 
This one is the only one we bought for retail. It was an oops from Lamps Plus. 
Someone sent it out for a custom color and then didn't want it. We got it for a steal @ $90.00 but hanging it cost a fortune. 
This light needed proper bracing in the attic and a lift to hang it.
Worth it in the long run, but we were both cringing at the bill.

The dining room chandelier came from the Jr. League garage sale. 
It was $25.00.

The scale was perfect for this room but it didn't have crystals.
It was antique brass for years until I painted it oil rubbed bronze two years ago. 

I went all MacGyver on it, adding crystals here and there until it couldn't hold anymore. 
They are wired and hot glued like crazy.
I love it so!

The kitchen chandelier came from the ReStore for $20.00. 
It was a brass color not real brass.

I painted it O.R.B. and added the crystal drops.

They were about $5.98 for packages of 4 or 5.
I actually took the time to drill holes for this one.  
It looks dialed back compared to the dining room even though I covered every possible arm.

The laundry room fixture was only $5.00 at an antique store. 
It was also antique brass. 
(I was convinced antique brass would be the next finish to come back into style.)
Still waiting...
I dabbed it with black paint to cut down on the gold color.
I think my husband thought I was crazy, but it's crazy cute.

The little chandelier over the piano came from a garage sale 20 years ago.

It was 25 cents! It came with some crystals but many were missing. 
I don't understand why people don't put them back on if they fall off during cleaning.  
The guest room has a ceiling fan and the powder room has a bathroom fan with no light. I'd like to put a smallish one up in the powder room but it wouldn't be code for resale. 

The chandelier in Rebekah's old room also came from a garage sale. 
It was 50 cents.

It has its original color and candle covers. 
I am wild about this fixture!

 I used to be able to pick up bags of crystals at my favorite thrift store. 
Every time I saw them - I bought them. 
Unfortunately, I don't see them anymore. 

Jonnie's room on our tour is off limits for the time being. 
It's been stripped of its shabby roots since my youngest moved back in. These pictures are old.

This one came out of my step mom's house in Tulsa. 
It was already painted when she bought the house. 
I tried to strip it back to its original pastel blue and pink but this paint would not come off. 
I just love it and now I'm happy the paint was so stubborn.
This room will get a makeover when Jonnie moves back out. 

The last one is my faux bathroom chandelier. 
It wouldn't be code to have this wired and I haven't found candle cups yet. So it waits for its final transformation.

I thought the days for finding vintage, gilt chandeliers were over but as I was driving through a 70s neighborhood, I spied this number out of the corner of my eye. 
There is no shame in rescuing something destined for the landfill.

It has many of its crystals and I'm in the process of getting more. 
Sadly, my Lowes doesn't have them anymore. 

Can you guess where it is going to go?
It means taking down a ceiling fan, which I may regret in August, but I can't wait to see this one in its new spot.


  1. I love all of them! I wish we could have one, or two, around our little cottage. But, I'm afraid that my husband would flat out refuse to give up his ceiling fans - I would never hear the end of it come summertime. :)

  2. I have a friend who has chandiliers in most of her rooms too! She loves them! You have quite the collection!! Beautiful!

  3. They are all fabulous, and I cannot believe the prices you paid. 50 cents???? Boy, I'd love to go shopping with you! I'm guessing the new one is going in your guest room?

  4. You got some great bargains on your vintage chandeliers, Katie! I've found a few in my day, but my daughters claimed them before I could decide where to hang them!! I was afraid we wouldn't be able to buy candlelight bulbs anymore, but my Consumer Report magazine recently informed me that decorative incandescent light bulbs are still being manufactured. Whew!

  5. Hi Katie! Thank you for finding me and leaving me a sweet comment about my brother. I am still taking a couple of days off from blogging but wanted to pop over here and say Hi! Love your chandys! That one light fixture is gorgeous but YIKES at the $345 to hang it. I am your newest follower and will put you on my sidebar right away before i forget. xo Diana ps. Did you know that when you leave a comment you are a No Reply blogger? No one can respond to your comments....just thought maybe you didn't know.

    1. Thank you. I have tried to fix that. I will try again.

  6. You have the greatest chandeliers throughout your home. I can't believe the deals you got. Wow...I need to move to your town!! Love how you added crystals to some. Crystal chandeliers are a favorite of mine.
    Thank you so much for stopping by and for your very sweet comments! I'm already a follower. :-)
    Mary Alice

  7. You got some fabulous deals on your chandy's and every one of them is sooooooooo beautiful!!!! Have a great weekend!!

  8. I can't believe what great bargains you've gotten on your gorgeous chandies! Love them :)

  9. Okay, you are officially the chandelier queen, my friend. I cannot believe how many pretty ones you have and how little you paid for some of those beauties-crazy! I'm going to be working on my broken one this week. I think I'm going the DIY epoxy route for budget reasons. Then I'll be asking for advice on where it should go :)
    Have a good week, Katie!


  10. Lovely chandeliers. How in the world do you get around to clean them all? I like the sparkly crystals you added to the plain ones.

    1. Every so often I will hit the crystals with a wet rag. That usually does the trick. If not I'll use vinegar or windex. For deeper cleaning I'll take them off and soak them.

  11. Oh wow, they are all amazing. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  12. I have a thing for chandeliers too. Yours are all lovely. I would love for you to come and link this up to my Winter Blues Wednesday party going on right now. Hope to see you there.

  13. Your chandies are all so beautiful! I've though about adding crystals to my dining room chandy, but wasn't sure where to find the crystals. I'm guessing HL or Michael's might have them.

    1. I've gotten them at Lowes but last time I was there they didn't have the tear drop kind. Check e-Bay or a lamp store.

  14. Beautiful collection of chandeliers. I love it that you created these lovelies from this and that and a little spray paint. I have a chandie stored upstairs in my bedroom that I up-styled in O.R.B. I just need a little help to hang it in the dining room. Back when I was sixty I still had the the chutzpah to get up on the ladder and do it myself. Now that I am on that path towards seventy I have become a little more careful. Bummer!

  15. I signed up to be a follower so I don't miss out on seeing your projects. Happy Valentine's Day!

    1. Thank you so much, Candy. I don't blame you. I have pushed it a time or two! Good luck with your chandelier.

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  17. This light needed proper bracing in the attic and a lift to hang it. Worth it in ...

  18. Oh my gosh, you are NOT alone in your love of chandeliers! And the funny thing is, I never paid much attention to them until we moved to our current home. I swear this place has some of the ugliest light fixtures that have ever been manufactured, so I’ve been on a mission to find some pretty ones to replace them and make this place presentable! I love your fixture choices, by the way. Very nice!

    Brandi Bradley @ Rotax Metals

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