Flea Market Chandelier

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

I found this great chandelier at the flea market a couple of months back.

I loved her curves and I even loved her aged, chippy, gold color.  I've been wanting to put a candelabra over our bathtub for a while and thought she would be perfection.

First, I pulled out the plastic covers and unscrewed the thing-a-mabobs.

Then, clipped off the exposed wiring.  Both on the arms and the top.

Gave her a good bath because she was NASTY.  See what I mean?

And sprayed her with primer and black paint.

She was ok, but not great.  So I took some pewter glaze and slapped it all over with a chip brush.  I was hoping for a much lighter color, but she has grown on me.  I put in some taper candles, hung her up with rope (cause I'm cheap thrifty like that), and sewed a sleeve with some left over white twill to cover the rope. 

Here she is in her new home!

After I hung her up I was so excited to show my hubby.  The first thing he said when he saw it?  "I really like it, but it's hanging right over where your head would be."  Blasted!!!  I didn't think about that.  The other night when I was taking a bath I kept looking up thinking, "Please don't fall on me, please don't fall on me!"  Oh well, at least it looks pretty ;)



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  1. Wow! Amazing! You know I've always where I learned my habit of talking to inanimate objects using she/he and I think I just figured it out! :)

  2. Great transformation!
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  3. Lovely!!! Fabulous improvement!! :) Thanks for sharing in Fancy This Fridays!! Hope to see you again this week!

  4. i love your chandy! you totally transformed it! great job!

  5. Great work, I have a tub that needs the same treatment!

  6. Wow. What a difference the black makes...so modern!

    Thanks for linking up to Creative Juice last week.

    FYI: Creative Juice is on hiatus until the week of Valentine's Day because of The Beat the Winter Blues Party.

    If you have any cool photo project you'd like to link up...stop by!


  7. I love your chandelier. I have been looking to fancify (it is a word) for some time. You did a great job. I can't wait to see what else you do. I am your newest follower and would love for you to follow me as well.

  8. It's absolutely gorgeous, however, just a word of caution. I didn't know this until I was looking into remodeling our bathroom, but chandeliers directly overhead of a bathtub will not pass an inspection. For example, an inspector told us that if for some reason the water splashes up and hits the hot bulb the glass can shatter into hundreds of tiny pieces and get in your bathwater... Yeesh!

    For it to pass inspection either the chandelier has to be 8 feet above the tub (measuring from the top of the surround) or you can swag it over so it's 5 feet away from the edge of the tub itself.

    I think it looks lovely I would just hate for something to happen to you! Magazines with pretty chandeliers over bathtubs don't always tell you this stuff :)


  9. Great tips!!! I love the look of this Chandy! Saw you on A to Z!

  10. very cute chandelier!! you did a great job!

  11. It's beautiful! I love chandy's over tubs :).


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