Wednesday, June 29, 2011

You're Throwing WHAT Away??!! {The Chandy}

Some trash curbside days are duds. But the days that I come across something like this little chandelier make up for it.
I gave you a sneak peak of this chandy (or at least a piece of it) when I told you about the 19-sided lightbulb
Yep, I found the chandy with a lightbulb in tact.  I didn't care for the brass and it needed rewiring but it was so adorable, I couldn't just leave it for bulk trash to pick it up.


First, I took it all apart and washed it in warm, sudsy water.

I spray painted the brass parts in white. (Tip: To keep little parts, like the little hooks that connect the crystals, from blowing while spray painting; it's a good idea to lay them down on the sticky side of painters tape.)
After I painstakingly took all of the hooks off and spray painted them, I laid them on the kitchen counter. Sun Kissed Husband thought they were garbage and threw them away. (I won't go much into this part because just thinking about it gets me mad all over again!)

I went to the craft store and the largest rings I could find in the jewelry section were square, so I made do.  
Yes, this part was time-consuming and it's what dragged this project along.

Apparently the previous owner just cut it off so it needed to be rewired.

Here's what I used for that.

Tip: When taking things apart, with the intention of putting it back together, always take pictures of the original item. It had been a while since I got the chandy until I got to rewiring it.  It helped to have pictures to refer back to to put the pieces together.

The switch that I purchased had directions in the back of the packaging. However, it takes me a while (sometimes reading several different directions) before I get things.  If this is the case with you, you might find this tutorial helpful.

I covered the gold cord with this Christmas trim I purchased after the holidays at Joann's. I'm not sure what about this trim was Christmasy but the fact that it was considered a "Christmas" item meant it was 75% off. :)

It now hangs over my nightstand in the master bedroom.  Click here if you missed that post.

Here are some gratuitous shots just because I like the shimmery!

I wonder what other kind of chandelier I can score off the trash next?

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Ashley Sisk said...

Genius - I wish I had a fraction of your craftiness.

Screaming Meme said...

I love you...so creative...:)

Kelli @ RTSM said...

It is so pretty! I have been looking for an old chandelier that I can turn into a candle holder for my back patio, but we don't have many good trash day finds where I live:)

Susan said...

Oh how gorgeous! Great recovery! I have a chandelier that I rescued from an old house that was to be torn down, but still have to put it together... Love the idea of the sticky tape for spraying the tiny pieces.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

It is stunning and what a great find. You did a fabulous job of restoring it. Beautiful. Hugs, Marty

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

You my dear, are the queen of trash picking! Love that trim. Wish I had found that on clearance.

Suzanne@Meridian Road said...

You FOUND that?!!? WOW! It's gorgeous! And you made it so much better, too.

Tara said...

It is beautiful! I think its my favorite part of your bedroom. I cant believe you found that in the trash.

Melissa Spitler said...

I want it :) It looks wonderful. I do not know if I like the dresser or the chandy better!

missyg said...

So beautiful and you did a great job with it! I am still cringing that those little hooks got put in the garbage.
After seeing your bedroom redo and seeing this as your bedside light made me think that is what I need next to my bed. :)

gina3 said...

Good save!!! It deserved a second life :)

Holly said...

I am so, so impressed! Those pictures are so beautiful it almost hurts. What a find. It's so cool you know how to get all hardware-y too.

Joselyn @ The DIY Spot said...

Wow, what a great find! You did a wonderful job making it current. It is stunning.

Jenn said...

Very pretty, I wish I could find stuff like that on the curb!

Brandi said...

It's gorgeous! Great transformation!!

Tres Chere said...

Totally Gorgeous! I can't believe someone was going to throw that away! Thank goodness you saved it. I love it!

Lizzy @My Mind..My Life said...

So pretty!

Dear Lillie said...

LOVE these! What a find!