This is the story about the chandelier I rescued from certain death which Dave hated (perhaps still does).
This fixture was resting in a garbage pile at my friend's home. The crystals--not real crystal, just glass I'm sure--caught my eye and I liked the shape and designs on the lamp body. I asked her if I could purchase it from her. "Heavens no," she declared, "just take it!". And I did.
The "crystals" were covered in dust from years of neglect. The first thing I did when I brought the piece home was to wash them up in some hot soapy water.
I liked the swirls and motifs on the body but I did NOT like the color. It was brass. That is, the color was brass, the actual material was plastic. Yes, I know that sounds horrible to have a brass colored plastic chandelier. But I really liked it so I painted it. It is now a brownish metallic--is that pewter? I'm not sure but I like it a lot more and love how the light plays off it's new surface coat.
The thing Dave hated the most about this fixture when I brought it home was that it had loose wires hanging out the top all frayed and crazy looking. When he saw it I'm sure he saw work--he didn't want more work. I rewired it and then slipped a fabric cover over the wire and chain to hide my sloppy workmanship. Don't worry, though it is sloppy it is also safe--no more loose wires.
After washing the glass crystals, painting the body and rewiring the piece I added some small black shades that I purchased at Lowe's. So far the project had only cost me a few bucks for paint and an extra long cord. The shades were a bit more pricey but they were perfect. I went ahead and got them anyways. I love the gold interior of the shades it makes everything sparkle just a little bit more.
The finished chandelier with new bulbs and everything else. I don't like how the wire hangs down in the corner and will likely get a cord cover thing that I can attach to the wall and then paint the same color as the wall--can't remember the real name of those things--anyways, it's done for now and I like it a lot.
I like it but I'm not sure it looks right in the spot I've got it in. This is the view from the front door--it is the first thing you see when you come in the house. It kinda offsets my offset Klimt (the artwork) on the left I hope. I asked Dave if he likes it any better and he just kinda shrugged and smiled and said nothing. I don't know if that means he likes it and doesn't want to admit it or he still thinks its junky but knows I worked hard on it. I would really like some real feedback so if any of you have an opinion I'd love to hear it.