Happy Tuesday, friends! You’ll never in a million years guess what happened last week! (Unless you follow me on Instagram) My gorgeous new Restoration Hardware chandelier fell! What happened? Come see!
Well, you know how much I LOVE my chandeliers? So, you can imagine how happy I was when I recently purchased my favorite crystal chandelier EVER. It’s called the “33 inch 19th Century Rocco Iron and Crystal chandelier” by Restoration Hardware. I’ve had my eye on it forever and was saving my money for this particular one. Then, when I found it for sale on Facebook Marketplace, you can imagine my joy! (And at a significant savings.) The sweet lady selling it was re-decorating her house and selling some of her chandeliers and furniture.
I had my electrician come and hang it for me in our master bedroom and I put a large, round mirror over the bed for double the fun. The chandelier is on a dimmer switch and guess who is completely smitten?
Then, last Wednesday we got home from the lake and my husband and I were about to go to bed when we heard a loud noise. We didn’t know where it came from, but as we were about to go to bed, I noticed the chandelier was hanging a lot lower than it had been. When I looked up, the canopy had pulled away from the ceiling! Oh, dear!
The chandelier was hanging by the wires alone! So, my husband, Brad, got the 10 foot ladder and devised a plan. We gently gathered the chandelier and the crystals into a large round basket. Brad would hold the basket and chandelier and I would climb the ladder and clip the wires. So, that’s what we did. I had to brace myself with my left hand on the ceiling and clip the wires with my right. As I cut the wires, the canopy fell and broke the glass bottle in the middle of the fixture. I nearly cried.
I tried to glue the pieces of glass back together, but it looked terrible! I knew I would never be happy with my dream chandelier with my tacky looking glue job. So, I contacted Restoration Hardware via email. Describing the glass piece, they identified the part number and and sent me this diagram of the parts (below) to confirm which piece I needed. They also gave me the number of their “Client Delight Center”. I called today and ordered the part for $65. I am pleased to report their operator was indeed delightful and helpful! Once the replacement part comes in 3-7 days, I’ll have my electrician come and replace the part and rehang the chandelier.
Meanwhile, the chandelier is sitting in our bedroom awaiting the replacement part. My electrician is having a special cross bar and hook welded so this will never happen again. This appears to be a freak accident where the fixture loop that connects the hanging chain to the cross bar failed, causing the chandelier to drop. We are thankful we were not hurt and the chandelier didn’t fall and shatter! We are also thankful we were home and able to safely take the chandelier down ourselves. (at 11:00 pm) Talk about being in the right place at the right time!
So, catastrophe averted! And only the glass bottle was damaged. Not one bulb or crystal was broken. Whew! We are expecting out of town guests in a few weeks and they’ve never been to our new house, so I’m hoping the chandelier will be hung by then. Fingers crossed! I hope you have a great day! Thanks for stopping by! Let’s talk soon? xoxo Dell