TGIF sweet friends! I admit I’m a little proud of myself for posting (almost) every day this week, living up to my blog name. It’s been busy a crazy few months, but thanks for sticking with me! Without further ado, come check out my new French Chandelier!
Well, I say it’s a “new” French chandelier, but it’s actually vintage. I wish I knew the age of it, but supposedly it’s from France and quite old. But, it’s new to me! I bought this little beauty about a year ago at an antique store. It was one of those things that once I saw it, I kept coming back to it. But I resisted because it was more money than I typically like to spend on a chandelier. So, I decided to play my game. If I didn’t buy it the first time, then went back and it was STILL there, then it was meant to be. In other words, if it was still there, I HAD to buy it, no questions asked. So, long story short, it was there and I bought it. And it hung in my treasure room ever since. (I think you’ll agree it was a must-have.)
Then, a few weeks ago my husband and I finally began our basement improvement project. We replaced all of the old worn carpet with a pretty vinyl flooring that mimics the look of real hardwood. And when you give a mouse a cookie, she’ll want some milk (and a chandelier) to go with it. One thing led to another and we ended up switching up the office with one of the guest rooms. I’m still working on the guest room and adjoining bathroom, but when I was able to get my favorite electrician (Bob) to come by this week, I jumped on the chance to have him hang the chandelier!
To refresh your memory, this is the room in progress. I think you’ll agree the old ceiling fan doesn’t quite fit in with the French Country vibe I’m going for. Au revoir ceiling fan! (Except we won’t meet again.)
And here is the chandelier in place of the fan! Bob put the fixture on a dimmer switch and I am in love! It totally changes the look of the room! This will be our younger son, Nicky’s room when he visits. He is one of those people who prefer a ceiling fan but hasn’t just met his Mother, so he deals with it. At least he has an adjoining bathroom now! You’re welcome, Son.
I mean, just look at these crystals! This sparkly beauty has 6 lights, which is a lot for this size chandelier. We used 40 watt incandescent bulbs because we wanted the wattage at night, but it’s on a dimmer so we can easily adjust the brightness, no matter the time of day.
And a closer peek at the pretty crystals! I love the mix of the clear and the amber/purple crystals. Bob realized a few of the crystals were missing when he hung it so I’ll need to keep an eye out and try to find a few replacements. After two years, Bob is accustomed to working with me on my vintage chandeliers and often has to get special parts and do a bit of finagling to get them to work. I really appreciate his efforts. Most electricians would probably roll their eyes and refuse to even try to make it work. So, thank you so much, Bob, for making my (many, many) crystal chandeliers become reality in our house!
And a quick before and after! What do you think? I love the look of a chandelier in a bedroom! I’ve put so many of my favorite ones in this house, I hope we are here to stay for a very long time. I’d hate for someone to have to take them all down….
And I would be remiss if I forgot to give a shout-out to my sweet sister-in-law, Shana, who was with me the day we came back and the chandelier was still there. Knowing now I had to buy it (since it was still there) I was too chicken to ask for a discount, so Shana asked for me and I got it for 15% off! We were so excited when the seller said yes, that Shana forgot to ask for a discount on her own purchase! Oopsy. But thank you, Shana! You are a great shopping buddy!
Well, time to sign off! Thank you for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful weekend! Until we chat next week! xoxo Dell