HEY, I’M STILL HERE! Truth be told, I just haven’t been doing anything around the house to write about! After finishing up the work in my son’s playroom, I took a bit of a home project respite to focus on other creative projects. The most recent time thief in my life is a novel idea that’s been bouncing around in my head for the past year. I’ve been spending nap time working on a first draft of my story, which has been equally frustrating and engrossing.
Maybe one day I will decide what I want to be when I grow up. Until then I will keep faking it until I make it!
Anywho, I did complete a little DIY customization project recently that I want to share with you. If you follow me on Facebook, you may have seen my giddy posts about finally finding a chandelier for our foyer. I’d been obsessed with this turquoise beaded chandelier for as long as I can remember, but at just under $5,000 there was NO WAY I would ever be buying it. So it was DIY or nothing.
Our two-story foyer boasted a small, brass chandelier that was seriously underwhelming. I thought the turquoise beauty would be perfect here.
But then I went ahead and painted the railing bright turquoise, and despite how much that chandelier was still tugging at my heartstrings, I just didn’t think it would give me quite the same pop when competing with the railing.
So I decided to do a little customization project on a chandelier that I loved. Here’s what I came up with!
This project could not have been easier! I purchased the four-light Fanning chandelier from Birch Lane, which I’d never heard of until the catalogue came in the mail one random afternoon. I usually toss those suckers right into the recycle bin on my way in from the mailbox, but there must have been something on the cover that I liked so I actually flipped through it first. That’s when I came across Fanning:
I adored the shape and the simple elegance. But she was just SO white. After a week of deciding whether to spray-paint this not-inexpensive chandelier, I decided instead on a simple and tasteful embellishment to get the custom look I craved. I also found another old brass light fixture to spray paint that same week, which is now hanging above my kitchen table, so that quenched my spray-paint driven thirst and cleared my head of the craziness.
For this project, I selected a few strands of beads from my local craft store to glue around the metal hoops of my chandelier. Turquoise and coral is one of my favorite color combos, so I picked some glass turquoise beads and some natural-looking coral beads in several different shapes. Before setting anything in place with glue, I measured the circumference of my chandelier with a soft tape measure then did a mock-up of the bead design on my kitchen table.
With the help of my trusty hot glue gun, I glued each individual bead into place and voila!
A custom look for the price of a few strands of beads and about 30 minutes of planning/glue time.
I’m really excited about the look. The beads gave me just the right amount of turquoise, and I think the chandelier complements the turquoise railing instead of competing with it.
The light casts really cool shadows on the ceiling at night, too.
So there you have it. My little DIY embellishment that turned my Big Box purchase into something unique and perfect for my home. What tricks do you use to make ordinary items work with your décor? Do you think outside of the box when shopping at big retailers?
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