How I Saved $3,900+ Upgrading a Dining Room Chandelier
Getting a deal feels good, creating a deal feels better!
If you have $4000 to drop on a new chandelier, by all means, do it!
There are some gorgeous lighting options available and they can greatly enhance your space! I was researching prices on a new chandelier for my parents’ dining room when I stumbled on Restoration Hardware’s 1920 Odeon Clear Glass Fringe Chandelier for a mere $3595! And those pennies only cover the chandelier itself! Bulbs, the extension chain, tax, and delivery actually make it closer to $4000!
For that price I would expect the chandelier to light the entire freakin’ house and pay the electric bill for a year!
Still, I have to admit…it is pretty!
Work with what you’ve got and make it massively better!
After my conniption (yes, I had one after seeing the price), I decided to do what we always do which is to work with what we’ve got and make it massively better! Here’s what we had to work with.
You can see the obvious connection between the Restoration Hardware (RH) chandelier and our current chandelier…so close yet, so far away! The biggest change that I wanted to make was to get rid of the brass. It immediately dated the chandelier so it had to go! Some positives for it were it’s crystals, shape, and multi-level tiers. There was hidden potential in this little fella!
The other upgrade I wanted to make was to add a ceiling feature to the dining space. When designing a space remember that the room is made up of 6 surfaces not 4. People always address the 4 walls, but the ceiling and floor should also add something to the room! Don’t leave’em out!
One of my all-time favorite ‘go-big-or-go-home’ designers, Candice Olson, is known for creating incredible spaces and often includes detail work on the ceiling. For this little project, I definitely took my cue from her.
Here’s one of my favs of her work! Peep the ceiling!
Since we’re on a tight budget and we’re D-I-Y-ing it, I wanted, as always, to keep it as simple as possible. After how well the living room wall feature turned out, I knew a’ wash-rinse-repeat concept’ was in store. Except this time we took the concept and applied it to the ceiling…literally!
Here’s how it all went down:
Before we removed the light fixture, we took down all the crystal strands. I organized them in bags by tier to keep the re-install easy. Then we removed the light fixture (this was a little scary because this was our first time) but it ended up being fairly easy with a little supervision from family friend, Jose, who is a Jack of All Trades!
Now we had a blank canvas!
Next we prepped the chandelier for paint by wiping it down, removing all the bulbs, and stuffing each socket with paper towels to keep the paint out. Then we spray painted it a deep rich brown which almost looks black. Yes, I completely stole the color idea from the RH chandelier. No shame! 🙂
The painting took several coats over several days.
While the chandelier was being finished we started on the ceiling treatment. We used another one of Home Depot’s Acurio Lattice panels and centered it over the hole where the chandelier would hang. Then we traced the border.
You can barely see the pencil lines but they’re there.
Once the outline was drawn, we used the Behr’s Frosted Briar Green to paint the ceiling.
Everyone was little nervous at this point LOL!
Once the paint dried, we finish-nailed the lattice panel over the painted green area and trimmed it using leftover molding that was originally used to border these stenciled panels in the old dining room.
Once the trim was installed, we rehung our newly upgraded chandelier!
Just to recap: Restoration Hardware’s chandelier was about $4000. Our chandelier upgrade was $60.
We’re happy with the progress and hope you’ll stick with us to the end. There is a light at the end of the tunnel and we’re finally starting to see it!
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