For me, it all started with this picture:
Of course, I’m talking about my obsession with bright, colorful chandeliers. I don’t know where I first spotted that photo, but I blogged about it two years ago here, so as you can see, this is not a new obsession for me.
And I’m not picky…it can be a spray-painted flea market find, or a gorgeous (and obscenely expensive) Murano glass chandelier. I find them equally as exciting and beautiful.
So about a year ago, I decided that I needed to find a chandelier to go above my dining table in my little condo. And even though my condo is tiny, I still wanted something colorful, maybe a bit oversized, and something that would make a definite statement.
After searching and searching, and coming up empty, I had almost given up. Then I spotted it….THE PERFECT chandelier. The only problem…it was an antique glass chandelier, and was priced at $1200. Needless to say, that was NOT going to happen.
But then a couple of months later, the same chandelier was marked down on clearance. The bargain price? $200.00! I still can’t believe I payed that much for a chandelier (yes, I’m incredibly cheap, and $20 is generally more my price range for a chandelier), but I just loved it so much. And I’ll love it sooooo much more once it’s painted. 🙂 Yes, I said PAINTED!!
I just heard a collective gasp among the antique lovers out there. The truth is, I don’t give a care in the world about antiques, or how valuable they are, or how they lose value when you paint or refinish them, blah, blah. I’m just not an “antiques” kind of person. What I DO know is that the shape of this chandelier was absolutely perfect in my mind, and I can see it now…GREEN! And while it’s not yet painted, I thought I’d give you a sneak peek of it.
Now you might wonder why my hand is in the photo. Well, that’s because I’m actually having to hold that one arm of the chandelier up. You see, somewhere between the store and my paint shed, the chandelier broke. Yep…that arm snapped right off. It’s not a problem. I’ll just use some Loctite Epoxy, it’ll be as good as new (or, as good as antique, I guess I should say).
I can’t wait until the weather warms up a bit so I can paint it. I’m going to use Rustoleum spray paint in Green Apple.
And when it’s finished, it’ll hang right here: