Since the day we moved in, we have had a dining room chandelier on our list. It wasn’t the kind of item I was in a mad rush for. Don’t get me wrong, the one we had was terrible for our dining room: too casual, hung way too high and cast a yellow haze on everything.
But I knew that someday I would just find what I was looking for. Even though I didn’t exactly know what that was.
Enter my Dad. First thing you should know is José loves a deal. So while we were visiting St. Louis over Thanksgiving I mentioned that I was in the market for a chandelier and I liked the one he and my stepmom have in their half-bath (which you can see a glimpse of here.) He said he had a similar one just chilling out down in the basement that he had bought for something like $35 on Craigslist. I think Dad just stalks these kinds of chandeliers online. Lucky me. Dad didn’t mind handing it over and I think Sheila was happy to free up some real estate in the basement, so I took all the crystals with me on our flight home and after the holidays this showed up on our doorstep.
It was in great shape. Only 2 small issues needed addressing. 1. The electrical cord was worn and frayed coming out of the top. 2. The ornate chain had been extended with rinky dink links in between.
To address the first problem, Dad had sent extra cord. I bought a couple other colors, the light gold and the brown, just to have some options.
We decided to go with the light gold cord and Taylor got to work on the wiring.
As for the chain, Dad sent some of this more substantial, textured chain.
Since it was black, I used a little Antique Gold Rub ‘n’ Buff to bring it more in line with the bronze. It was amazing and amazingly simple. I just squeezed a little on to my fingers and rubbed it all over the chain links. That’s IT.
I also removed the tubes and cleaned the gunk off of them. Dad sent some white tubes for me in case I wanted them, but the older ones just seemed to fit the vibe better.
Then Taylor hung the chandelier. I think we made the right choice on the cord color, and the links look pretty darn good if I do say so myself.
Next up: the JEWELS. I washed all the baubles in hot, soapy water. I had flashbacks to being a kid when I would unhook these off of my grandmother’s chandelier, hold them up to my ears and pretend I was Joan Collins.
There were so many, I did not know where they were all going to go. I hung them where they seemed natural, then looked down and there were 2 dozen more to go. Finally, there were none left on my soggy Ikea towel and I was left with this…
I really do love the crystals. With the bronze base, they’re not too obnoxious.
I think it was just what I was looking for, even if I didn’t know it. Thanks, Dad and Sheila! Thanks, Craig and your list.
Oh, and our old light? Sold that on Craigslist for 40 bucks. Net profit=$5. Molly likes a deal, too.
If you like the look of this light, search for “Spanish Chandelier” or “Bronze Chandelier”. Or let me know what city you live in and I’ll put Dad on the hunt for you.
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