Friday, August 26, 2011

My Colorful Gypsy Chandelier

4 of the 5 kiddos went back to school yesterday and I am excited to get this blog humming along with some consistency again. I hope you are too.

If you know me. . .if you have been in my home. . .you know bright bold colors make me smile. Here's a little peak of some of the color in our living room:

Two years ago I spied the below chandelier at Nofo.

Have you been to that eclectic, whimsical boutique in the former Piggly Wiggly in the Five Points neighborhood of Raleigh?

Two years ago, I taught a coupon class at Nofo and I could hardly teach because I was mesmerized by this chandelier that was dripping with colorful rainbows:


I was ready to make a major impulse buy. . . but there was one problem.

Nofo wanted $299 for the chandelier. That's 3 weeks of groceries for this coupon girl!

I came home and googled colorful chandeliers and found the exact same chandelier.

It is the large gypsy chandelier from Urban Outfitters for $159.

Better price, but when I read the reviews, many said it had to be rewired and adapted because it was an European fixture and many said the plastic came scratched. And $159 was a lot for that, especially when I did not even know where I was going to hang the chandelier.

And then I found this at a yard sale for 50 cents:


And ideas started brewing.

A little red spray paint.

A bunch of cheap colorful plastic crystal necklaces. I found these in the party favor section of Walmart, but you can order them online here.

Some plastic beads/crystals from Ebay

I went from $299 to $159 to $15.

And I got this:





And it may be a little over the top for some. Ok, a lot of over the top, and just wait til I find some bigger colorful plastic crystals (anyone know where I can find some like those on that Urban Outfitters chandelier?)


But I love it. . it makes me smile. And that is what creating an intentional home is all about. . . creating a place that serves you, a place that makes YOU smile, a place that nurtures you and your family. Do you know what nurtures you, what makes you smile?


I am sharing this project at some of my favorite linky parties. I usually just browse these parties for inspiration. But this time I am participating in: Thrifty Decor Chick's Spray Paint Party,  Skip to My Lou's Made By You Monday, I (heart) Nap Time's Sundae Scoop, C.R.A.F.T's Making Mondays Marvelous, Ask Anna's Weekend Warrior, Keeping It Simple's Motivate Me Monday, Today's Creative Blog's Get Your Craft on Tuesdays, Beneath My Heart's Best DIY August Projects, Thrifty Decor Chick's Sept Before and After Party, Miss Mustard Seed's Furniture Feature Friday, and Tip Junkie's Tip Me Tuesday

And get this:

20 comments:

  1. Love it! Wonderful work. The best place I've seen those beads is www.firemountaingems.com but they're $3-5 each. I'd keep my eyes open for Halloween costume, stuff as Princess jewelery would probably have some cheap.
    -Amy W.

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  2. i have a similar chandelier to your yard sale find (maybe the same, in fact) that i would gladly give away to a crafty reader who wants to copy your work!

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  3. You may be able to find gems like that in the beading section of Michael's or A.C. Moore. Color makes me happy too! Great job on the chandelier.

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  4. Oh I looked for those plastic crystals everywhere. . AC Moore, Michaels, Walmart craft section, Joanns, Hobby Lobby. . .the only place that had red ones was Walmart. . I of course want some in each of the 6 colors. I'll let ya'll know when I am able to add to my chandelier.

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  5. I LOVE how colorful this is!!

    Please feel free to link your beautiful chandelier up to my new Make Yourself Monday Blog Hop!

    -Jamie
    For Love of Cupcakes

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  6. Such bold colors, but I really love it! And yard sell finds are always the best! I redid my chandelier and I got my off KSL.com for free! That always makes the project so much better! Thanks for sharing!
    Ky
    http://burstofcreations.blogspot.com/

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  7. Super cute!!! It looks great with all your other bright colors.

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  8. Some jewels here...
    http://www.orientaltrading.com/ui/search/processRequest.do?D=jewels&Ntx=mode%2bmatchallpartial&Ntk=all&requestURI=searchMain&N=0&No=0&y=0&Ntt=jewels&Dx=mode%2bmatchallpartial&x=0

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  9. That is one cute whimsical chandy! I should start scouting for great finds like that ;)

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  10. I just saw you on Knock off Decor. How cool to see someone I know featured!

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  11. Michaels floral department should have some similar crystals, check seasonally cuz the colors vary. at christmas they'll have red & green, & you can pick them up cheap in the after holiday sales :)

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  12. i am loving your chandelier.. although im a zebra print and hot pink kinda girl .lol i redid 2 different chandeliers, and bought the string beads. however i haven't put the beads on. would you mind sharing how you attached and where . thanks so much!

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  13. I was at JoAnn fabrics the other day and I saw the acrylic flat back gems. You could always glue two flat backs together and then use those for the big tear drop crystals or whatever shape/size you choose. They won't be transparent, but the silver backing may reflect enough light?
    Just a thought...
    ellery
    medusarossa@hotmail.com

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  14. Sorry if you mentioned this already, but what brand and type of paint did you use? Did you have trouble with the paint chipping or flaking off the electrical cord after you painted?

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    1. I think I used Valspar Paint and Primer In One Spray Paint, Gloss in Cut Ruby. I just looked at my spray paints and this is what was on the shelf. And I have had no trouble with the paint chipping or flaking off the electrical cord. I can't believe it has been 3 years since I made the chandelier. I still love it. It still makes me smile. I'd love to see your creation if you make one :)

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