Wednesday, May 2, 2018

How to Glam Up Your Chandelier







Chandeliers are  inherently beautiful no matter whether they have real rock crystals dangling from their Cinderella-like
glass arms or just sweet pink faux crystals or like mine here ~
the chandy itself is made purely of acrylic plastic.

Chandeliers are glamour unto themselves and today we will be talking about how to make your basic chandelier more beautiful
for any occasion.








Our current chandy with double pearl garlands and acrylic and glass drops and ornaments.




Glamping  a Chandelier
Recently I was asked to do a post on how I glam-up
my chandeliers so today we are talking some
"chandy trash"...
;)

Depending upon the weight your ceiling can carry 
will basically dictate what you can
and cannot hang
from your home's chandeliers.




Several years ago when we were in our last house I must
have been cleaning and redecorating the buffet and our 
small china cabinet. 
At some point in the cleaning process I must have
looked up and seen our boring 1990's basic brass chandelier looking a little sad and that's when I had the bright idea
to really glam up my chandelier!

I had already found and hung ropes of crystal drops and
glass bobeches online and had used them to decorate
our previous home's dining room chandelier.
I brought those with me when we moved in 1994
to the Big House and added to them
for this chandelier.
{not hanging on it in this photograph}


Our last home's dining room chandelier with faux greenery, pearl garlands, large crystal drops and swan ornaments.





Like some things in life

 More is better and at Christmas time it was a free for all adding faux pine boughs and later I thought to use these dangling pearls.
Those pearl garlands?
They are found in the wedding section at the big craft stores!
My friend Kathy had hung some around her powder room
mirror and I thought they would look lovely hanging
off my chandy!
:)


Our current chandelier dressed with acrylic and glass Christmas ornaments.


Dried Queen Anne's lace flowers would look nice tucked in among silk flowers if you want your chandelier
to have a summertime look.
Hanging rose garlands such as in the previous photos above
replaced the wintertime greenery and swans.


This past year I had just been researching chandeliers for our
RV glamper home and ended up having to return
the first chandelier I found.
It was just too heavy for this spot but Home Depot had this
light-weight acrylic beauty and for the money and
only 6 lbs. of weight
it was the right choice for us!

Here's the link in case you are looking for a light-weight
chandelier for a spot in your home ~ it is 24" long x 22" wide
if I remember correctly ~ and it has six arms.




Would you believe not all the pieces are even
hanging on it?
Nope.
We forgot to add the acrylic piece over top of the
bottom chrome bowl.
Actually without that crystal style piece it looks
a little more contemporary and that's
the trend nowadays.
Happy accident!
:)




My usual workspace ~ comfortable, bright and pretty and functional!


Since more than likely we will still be in our little
RV home this next Christmas...
I already know that greenery will be happening and that was 
partly why I wanted to hang a chandelier here
in our fifth-wheel.
Hubby thought I was crazy, btw.

I glamped up the barrel LED light in our last trailer.
The only thing different about putting up a chandelier
in a trailer -vs- a house is the amperage is different
so you need 12 volt bulbs instead of 120 volt
household lights.

Camping World helped me find these 12 volt chandelier
light bulbs and I am thrilled!
No need to rewire your chandelier either.
The voltage runs through the wiring but it's very low
so getting the correct bulbs did the trick.
:)

I am working on a new craft that will change the look
of our chandelier for summer so look for that soon.
Funny that I just bought the supplies to work
on this project when the suggestion came to 
talk about our chandelier!
:)


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How do you glam yours?

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