A couple of years ago, I started looking for a chandelier for Pinkerbelle’s room. I wanted it to be small, and I didn’t want to spend much (as usual). Goodwill and ReStore were busts; for the most part, their offerings were too big, too ugly, and too expensive. In December 2009, I found what I was looking for at a small church-run thrift shop. The antique brass chandelier was small (about 12” across), pretty, it worked, and it was only $8…an unheard of price!
I don’t have any before photos, because right about the time I got around to starting the makeover in November 2010, the Great Computer Crash occurred and we lost three weeks’ worth of photos. This thing is real solid brass (it weighs about 10 lbs), and it had an antique-y patina. Although it wasn’t the super shiny 1980s brass, for my purposes I wanted to paint it. I originally went with satin white, but after a paint malfunction back in Nov., I set it aside until last week.
When I went to Home Depot for some paint, I had decided to step it up a bit by using gloss white. But I came home with gloss hot pink. It was a step out of my “safe” zone, but I’m so glad I did it!
I ordered 10 crystals from etsy and added them, although there are eyelets for 34 crystals on this little 12” chandelier if I had wanted to do that many!
(I used wire to attach them and it doesn’t look that great if you look too closely; Craig says I need to use fishing line.)
Look at the details! I wouldn’t have got that with a 1980s relic.
Pinkerbelle loves it as much as I do!