I always always look for chandeliers when I'm at resale shops, garage sales, estate sales, etc. I LOVE chandeliers. I always notice them when I go places.
Sorry the after picture isn't great because the reflection gets in the way.
I bought this white and brass chandelier for $12.99 at a resale shop last week. I loved it. It was the perfect size for a small bedroom.
First I spray painted it. I used a paint and primer in one spray paint (Valspar- Lowes). I made sure to get every nook and cranny. I painted two coats. Looks better already doesn't it? Almost just kept it like this!
Next I added the best part - the glitz. I used this same wedding beaded garland on my last chandelier. It's $11.99 at Micheal's. They always send a 50% off one item coupon in the Sunday paper so I always use that. But I still think that's expensive. I've looked everywhere else for an alternative but have found nothing. Does anyone have any suggestions? Maybe something online? Help me out.
I also used silver beaded necklaces that I had leftover from my last chandelier. Each necklace is $0.20 at Party City. Now 20 cents I can handle. Plastic necklaces are a bit cheesy but it looks great when it's up in the room.
The next step is fun. I basically draped the beads around until I found a way that looked nice. I changed it up many times. Again I used wire to wrap the garland around the arms of the fixture. For specifics check this post. Using wire on this chandelier turned out WAY better than the last one - you can't even see it.
This chandelier sold right away. I was sad to sell it at first because I wanted to use it in my own house but I already have one in each of my bedrooms. I need a bigger house just so I can fill it with more chandeliers. Anyway, selling it was actually a lot of fun because the woman who bought it was SO excited. She was surprising her six year old daughter by redoing her bedroom. She was so sweet! It was fun to see so much excitement over something I made. It was really encouraging, made my day!
Have a beautiful day,