A few months ago I bought a small chandelier on eBay for my new great niece. I was so excited to find such an adorable chandelier for her nursery! I love giving chandeliers as gifts since they make such unique presents. The seller said it would be disassembled for delivery….
Naturally I assumed that meant taking off the light bulbs and maybe the sleeves. Little did I know how disassembled it would be! So, this is how the petite chandelier arrived. Pitiful.
I called around and got several quotes to have it rewired and put on a 12 foot plug. Most places charge $20-25 per arm plus extra for putting it on a plug and switch. This little jewel has 5 arms so it would be at least $100 or more. Maybe I don’t appreciate the complexity of the process, but it seemed like a lot for such a tiny light fixture. Finally one of my sweet neighbors recommended a local electrician and they assembled the chandelier and put it on a plug for about $30 and they turned it around in a week! MUCH better! (Frater’s Electric for my local friends.)
I bought 5 new white sleeves and cut them to size using a serrated knife. Then my search for crystals began. I stopped at another local lighting store and clearly they thought very highly of their crystals as they were asking $4 per crystal. I knew I could find a better deal so again I turned to eBay!
Without going into too much detail, someone outbid me on 25 beautiful pink crystals by 50 cents in the final seconds of the auction. 🙁 That is exactly the number of crystals I needed. Plus they were PINK and now I really wanted pink crystals for this chandelier. I clicked on the buy it now option and found 25 perfectly perfect pink crystals for $25 plus shipping. They are in transit as we speak. I hope they come soon! Can’t you picture it with 25 sparkly pink crystals hanging over a crib?
I put 15 watt bulbs in the light fixture to try it out, but if my niece decides to use it as a night light, she can add some small 7 watt flickering bulbs or put the whole thing on a dimmer. It can also be hardwired if they choose. My original plan was to paint it white, but my niece specified she wanted it in its vintage brass condition. Classic!
This sweet chandelier has been months in the making but it will be well worth my efforts when I see it in my niece’s nursery! Luckily I have a few chandeliers waiting in the wings for my future granddaughters, too! I hope you have a great day. Thanks so much for stopping by! You can also follow along on Facebook and Instagram. Please share me with your friends!