Friday, February 17, 2012


check out the new addition to our family:)
isn't she purty??

our neighbor's daughter, Jodie, recently moved and had an extra chandelier that she no longer wanted to use. after being in our home and seeing my love for junk, old, rustic and antique, she offered to give us the chandelier. give!! i was super excited and couldn't believe she was willing to part with it. after a million hugs and 'thank you's', this baby found it's way into our house.
Jodie has a love home decorating, DIY and specifically, chandeliers. she said in her old house, there was a chandelier in every room, and had found this specific chandelier in an antique shop down in Atlanta, where she used to live.

we actually acquired it over the summer, but it sat in our guest room for months before brandon and my dad got around to hooking it up. the last light that was over our table was much to close to the wall, making it hard to center the table. back in the 50's, when this house was built, this room was the dining room and living room, and i imagine the table was much more humble in size, since the rest of the room housed things like couches, chairs and a t.v.
we like to accommodate all our dinner guests and giving them two inches of room to squeeze into their chair just wasn't cutting it. so we chose to use a hook to swag the chain over about a foot and center the light over the pushed out table.
instead of the usual flame shaped bulbs, i opted for round bulbs, to modernize things a little. my next step is to take off the black tubes that the bulbs sit on and paint them another color, other than black. my first thought would be either oil rubbed bronze or off white, but now i wonder if adding a little pop of color on them could be cool? that's the beauty of spray can change your mind and it's no big deal to change it up again. and with the collection of spray paint that i own, i could definitely try a few different options!
lastly, next on my agenda is to re-paint or find new frames for my friend-less frame wall (as brandon calls it:)) since the chandelier speaks volumes and is such a statement piece, i want to tone down the background colors and do something more neutral and less colorful. i loved the look of that wall at first, but now with two competing design elements, something needs to change.

the rustic jade team is a-thriftin' this weekend, so maybe i will find some things to add and replace on my frame wall.....fingers crossed!

tell me your thoughts on Lady Chandelier! suggestions on colors and options to switch things up a little....i need me some more 'flow' in this room. help!



  1. Maggie! So cool! You're so fancy now!

    You could hang white or colored mismatching plate/dishes on the far wall? Do you get my vision? Tell me what you think!

  2. I like all of your ideas; I'm just around to help bring them to fruition. :)