Upon moving into our new house I told my five year old that she could decorate however she liked. She has gone through and remained in a “Princess” phase for quite sometime now. Her and I were looking through room ideas on Pinterest and this is what she decided she wanted…
Alright, definitely not something I would have chose, but I want to make this move a positive experience so I agree. First things first, she wants a chandelier. Alright, this seems like a reasonable request so I start looking.
Um, yeah pretty sure that’s not going to happen. I cannot believe how much a silly princess chandelier goes for! I then start looking locally as there are a few shops around the area that might have what I am in need of. That turns up to be just as expensive. So again being thrifty and frugal I start researching and looking into making my own chandelier.
My daughter’s and I take a quick trip to the Habitat for Humanity Restore and are pleasantly surprised. They have a lot of different orphaned chandeliers ranging from $15-$35 dollars. Now, this is my price range. She picks out:
It’s really ugly right?! I text this picture to my husband, telling him we have found exactly what we are looking for. He immediately calls me and tries to talk me out of the purchase, but is too late. We have paid our $20 and are happily on our way.
Kind of a funny side note: so I purchase this chandelier and then remove all the glass and set it back on the counter and tell the cashier that I would like to donate it back to the store. The cashier looked at me like I was absolutely crazy, but accepts my donation. My husband opens the trunk of the car when we get home and inquires as to where the glass globes went. I tell him the story and I’m pretty sure he is mad at me. These people just don’t understand that I have a vision and I don’t need those pieces.
Anyway, our purchase sits in the garage for about two months before we finally get around to it. I had purchased an off white spray paint and some items to “decorate” the chandelier. I still needed to order the battery operated candles, but I’ll get there I tell myself.
One Saturday afternoon I head out to the shed to paint the chandelier, but my plan is quickly shut down….see a few years back I purchased some used folding chairs at the local thrift store. I then proceeded to sand them down and repaint them at the end of our drive-way apron on a somewhat windy day. My actions resulted in a film of spray paint being deposited on both mine and my husband’s vehicles windshields that needed to be removed with a razor blade. Another time I set out to spray paint something or other on a piece of cardboard out in our yard. I had a bit of an over spray that resulted in some dead grass. No big deal you would think right?!? Well, that’s where you are wrong. My husband spent hours on our yard and spent considerable time mowing a diamond into it. Therefore, my killing of the grass didn’t go over well. I figured the third time is the charm right? Yeah, we’ll never know for he and my daughter painted the chandelier alone, without me.
We allowed the paint to dry a for about a week before bringing the piece into the house to hang and decorate. In the meantime I found the perfect lights to add to the chandelier.
I mean seriously, they have a remote! What child would not want this in their room. I didn’t realize it at the time, but these particular “candles” have various flicker speeds and options, as well as, a setting to not flicker. My daughter thinks it’s the greatest thing ever and I look good, everybody wins.
My husband assisted in hanging the chandelier and I decorated. I think that for about $50 we did an amazing job, but I’ll let you be the judge.
It’s simple, elegant, exactly what she thought she needed and cost me next to nothing to make. This is my kind of craft. In fact this craft has inspired me to start looking at high end furniture and decorating websites and find ways to remake their products for a fraction of the price. It really feels good to turn something out that looks as good, if not better than the original product. However, I’ll have to save some of those projects for another day.