I have long admired the French antique inspired chandeliers from Aidan Gray. The Charlegmagne Chandelier caught my eye but the $1,300.00 price tag caught my breath.
You may remember that I found a similar knockoff version on clearance.
Through the power of paint and gilding it was transformed.
It was however still missing one thing ~ the hand painted drops. But I just couldn’t bring myself to pay $66.00. So I put on my thinking cap and searched for inspiration.
I found some 3 1/2” spindles at Hobby Lobby for $1.99. You can also purchase them HERE. I bought two bags as they are sold in groups of 3.
I wanted them to appear less spindle like and more drop like so the bottom end was cut off with a hackshaw. Next, a small pilot hole was created at the top of the drop so that a small hook could be screwed in.
Two coats of paint were added. I improvised a drying rack with our fruitbasket. (smile)
Lastly a bit of gilding was added with gold metallic lustre.
The only thing left to do was hang them up!
I adore how the intensity of the gilding changes with the light.
It’s a small transformation that makes me happy.
Since I already had the paint, gilding and screws, plus I used a coupon for the spindles, this transformation was a mere $2.58.
I think I might make a cord cover to hide the chain next.
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