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"Anything I Can Do...."

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....

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And I needed a chandelier to achieve the look I was going for.  Something like the look here.

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Needless to say, at $700, the large crystal chandeliers available online were out of the question.  

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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

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  • The chandelier candle sleeves were damaged so I purchased an inexpensive set at Lowe's and sprayed them with the bronze paint. 
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  • 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 dwellbycheryl@yahoo.com

2 Comments - Click here to join the conversation!:

BevSatchfield said... Reply To This Comment

Love this! I am a super big fan of spray paint. It's amazing what a little elbow grease and paint can do. I love giving things a fresh look or just a "clean" up. I especially love all the texture paints out there and the hammered finish is by far my favorite.
I also love bargains and this project just proves what you can do with a little imagination.

PS I'm a friend of your lovely sister Chaundra!

Dwell by Cheryl said... Reply To This Comment

Thanks so much!! Spray paint works wonders. I should have stock in Rust Oleum.

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