Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Adding Bling To The Chandelier

When we bought our builder's spec house almost
5 years ago, the builder used an antique chandelier
in the dining room.

It's kind of rickety, thin and wonky.
It's hard to get a good picture without the lights
on as there's only one narrow window and the 
ceiling is a dark brown.
 I wanted to replace the chandelier when we moved
in, but we have two eating areas so we use the
dining room as a sitting room.

Now we're thinking of selling the house next year,
so we don't want to spend money replacing any more
things in the house. We will need to change the room
back into a dining room though, so I decided to
spiff the room up a little before we do.

In a local shop, I found some faux crystals that
have magnets on both ends, which easily attach
to the metal on chandeliers.
See the end piece? That's the magnet.
 The magnets make it easy to add a little bling to
your chandeliers to beef them up...
 I bought some short and long chains and some
teardrop-type faux crystals and started playing
around with them. I need to buy a few more pieces,
but here's how it looks with a few of them attached...
I'm thinking of brushing some white paint on the
metal to shabby it up a little, so I'll be taking the
"jewelry" off again soon.
 The paint on the walls of the room has a green cast
to it so I'm thinking of re-painting the walls a
medium grayish-brown "griege" paint color.
 I have a little obsession with tables and chairs
(and bar stools) so we already have enough
furniture to fill the room and then some.

Hope you'll come back and check on my
progress, and feel free to give any suggestions
you have regarding paint colors or decor.

Thanks for dropping by!





  1. Pure genius to put the magnets on the ends of the crystals! I could have used those when I redid one on our houseboat. What a difference, love the bling!

    1. Thanks Jacqueline. I put 10 teardrops, 6 small chains and 2 long chains on and it really does give it more presence. It is getting addicting though. I'm ready to make my third trip back to get more so soon the bling will be worth more than the chandy.

  2. A great idea! And turned out so glamorous.

    1. Thanks Amalia. It gives it a kind of rough luxe look which I love. Definitely going towards brownish on the walls to show it off.

  3. I've never heard of this - but what a brilliant concept! Can't wait to see how it turns out with the white paint, etc.

    1. I had never heard of it either Rebecca. I will try to get them to let me take some pictures of the chandys in the shop. They look gorgeous.

  4. Wonderful idea and love how it turned out.

    Hugs diane

  5. Wonderful idea and love how it turned out.

    Hugs diane

  6. Little tweaks can pack a big punch - FUN!

  7. Very smart idea! Love the upcycle!

  8. Very pretty! I love, love, love it!!!

  9. She's much prettier with a little bling.. you did GOOD~!

    thanks so much for visiting me and commenting on my mirror find.

  10. Looking forward to seeing all the changes. Sometimes, the subtle changes add the desired "oomph" to a space. Love the new bling! :-)

  11. Wow! what a great idea!
    That will make a HUGE difference
    and I love the idea of Griege too!

  12. It looks great, what a difference a little bling will make!

  13. Rivercrest Cottage,
    I adore how the crystals can be added or removed with ease!!!
    I agree. . .neutral is the way to go with paint!!!
    During our Renewal projects this year, "Mr. Ed" used Sherwin~Williams SW7547 Sandbar for our upper level living rooms!!! I love how it blends with each room!!!
    Thanks for sharing and inspiring!!!

  14. Brilliant idea-I have never heard of crystals with a magnetic, but so glad you shared this great tidbit!

  15. I just came across your blog. I love it! Love what you did the the chandelier. It turned out stunning.

  16. I love the added bling! Never heard of crystals that are magnetic. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  17. That looks great! Thanks for joining Home Sweet Home!