I have long admired lighting from Aidan Gray. The lovely fixtures are often constructed from architectural salvage and feature hand painted designs and gilded finishes.
One of my favorites is the Charlemagne Chandelier. While I would love to have this jewel in my home the $1350.00 price tag is a bit prohibitive.
Our formal dining room had come with a heavy Tuscan inspired wrought iron chandelier.
After living with it for awhile we decided we wanted a lighter look as it seemed to command much of the attention in the room.
I spied this chandelier at Cost Plus. It had been an online return to the store and was offered at a deep discount.
I understood why it had been returned. The website shows a very pale grey to white chandelier. In person it was a dark taupe.
It first received an all over application of off-white paint, followed by a light distressing. Mr. Décor and I then hung it over the dining table so that I could decide what to do next.
After a month or so I added a bit of gold wax gilding.
I used a very light hand.
Indeed some areas you can’t tell they are gilded until they softly glimmer in the light.
My photography skills don’t quite do this chandy justice. It is so much prettier in person.
I plan on adding a cord cover in the future and perhaps a wooden or crystal drop on each arm.
Altogether it was around $80 for this knockoff and just love it!
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