I was tra la la-ing my way through my local Habitat for Humanity ReStore a few weeks back, admiring all the great salvage and scheming of ways to put some of it to good use. I was there because I had spotted a few cool cabinets on
Do you love the exclamation point for added emphasis? Like rejected brass light fixtures are something to get excited about? Well actually, I kinda do get excited about them. A lot.
I actually like antique brass fixtures, just not these super shiny leftovers from the early 90s. So with a fixture like this, one that just happens to have a completely fantastic shape, I see no reason why it shouldn’t be spray painted. White. Pronto!
Hello gorgeous. Don’t you just fit right in ?
Aaaaaand, she was free. Fah-reeee.
I was over the etched glass chandy that was previously hanging in our kitchen. I had picked it out at a Home Depot many years ago and I’ve never been totally thrilled with it. I wanted something “Frenchier” looking. For awhile I was trying to figure out how to convert its standard sockets into candle fixtures, but just couldn’t find anything to make the conversion.
I was wanting a new chandelier, but I couldn’t find one online that I was in love with that would make it worth dropping some serious cash. Months dragged on. I’m a lover of all things that look like they came from a French flea market, or could be found in a Ballard Designs catalog, so when I spied the ten arm brass chandy among the wreckage at my local ReStore, I couldn’t help but squeal, especially since it was free.
Did I mention it was free?
The teensy problem? It needed some rewiring. Not every arm thankfully, just the interior portion. Enter
I am pretty proud of myself that I figured out how to rewire this piece all on my own without any help ~ it was definitely a new discovery for me. I’ve
You can find a detailed tutorial about rewiring a chandelier here, and for the step-by-step on installing a chandy, hop on over to This Old House. As for me, let’s just say I spent a solid hour teaching myself how to rewire this puppy ~ here’s a few action shots.
After it was all rewired, I was patting myself on the back. But then something dreadful happened. One of the arms broke off. Dangit! So frustrating! I couldn’t get the arm to screw back into its holder, it was completely stripped. Gah! After all that work, I almost gave up on this, seriously.
But then I decided to give it one more try with some plastic steel epoxy designed for metal, also found at True Value.
It worked !
The last step was painting the chandy, so I bought Rustoleum’s ‘Shell White’, a close kin to ‘Heirloom White’, at
Voila. A perfectly lovely Ballard-esque look.
And to think she once was shiny brass.
Simple. Elegant. Love it !
The fixture actually works too, which made me squeal with delight when I flipped the switch !
Here’s some really cool news. My old chandy with the etched glass shades? It’s already sold! A reader wanted it, so it will be sent to a new home next week. Yay!
The new fixture complements the style of our kitchen a bit better, and I think it was a worthwhile rescue of a shiny brass chandelier. Don’t you ?
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