There was a time, not long ago, when we lived in an enchanted world of elegant palaces and grand parties. NAME THAT MOVIE!
Sorry, let me try that again… there was a time when I stenciled the wall at the top of the stairs and mentioned briefly in passing that I planned eventually to slap some curtains on the window and slap a chandy on the ceiling.
CHECK AND CHECK!! (I just high-fived myself)
So today I’m going to lay out the evolution of the chandy. My original plan was to get an old brass chandy like this, only instead of pink… paint it bright yellow. Or orange. Or turquoise. Or something.
We’re last-minute decision-makers around here.
So I picked up a brass chandelier on the list-of-Craig, and was super excited to get my paint on… only to have my hopes and dreams ripped out from under me when Nick confided… ‘I think those chandy’s are trendy and boring.’
Everyone has a right to their opinion. And ok, since it’s OUR house that’s this one’s going in, I totally respect his feelings on the matter. So I said, ‘baby, what kind of chandelier would YOU prefer?’ He thought for a brief moment and said… ‘I like the one in Justin and Nicole’s (our friends) entryway.’
Yep, I’m pretty sure we won’t be ordering one similar. In fact, I’m confident this chandy was handcrafted by a medieval jouster during the off-season, some 300 years ago. We’re talking wrought iron and wood. Not a joke.
Even though I knew that Nicole HATED that chandelier (it was in the house when they bought it), I still felt pretty awkward when I said… ‘Hey! Nicole! Can we have the chandelier in your entryway? You know, the one you hate?’
It happened to be impeccable timing, because she had just recently talked her hubs into ordering this chandelier for her entryway! (which is crazy-beautiful I might add)…
And that’s the story of how we acquired their Medieval chandelier.
Did you follow me through all of that? Thanks for sticking with me. I know I’ve been pretty chatty lately, but I deemed it important that you knew the back story.
It was ‘rough’ enough, that I just straight-up primed it without even sanding. Rebel y’all. REBEL.
Then I painted using Rustoleum’s ‘Lagoon’. Which is the PRETTIEST BRIGHT TURQUISE COLOR OF ALL TIME.
Do you not agree?
I love the turquoise, but didn’t love how the details that ‘we’ loved about the chandelier were a little bit camouflaged. So I decided to hit it with a little white glaze. And I’m glad I did! Really makes those Baroque-esque details POP!
Here’s the things that I love about this chandy:
1) It’s unique. Very…. VERY unique.
2) It turquoise, and turquoise makes me happy.
Here it is with the lights on! at night!
So this is the newest addition to our home! We’re totally sold.
You might be noticing the curtains in these pics? I’m going to do a post about them sooooon! You’ll love what I used as a curtain rod. HEHE!
ALSO!! Nick has been busily composing a post explaining how simple it is to wire up a new light fixture! (Cutest thing EVER). That’ll be up later today! So be sure to check back!! (And be sure to leave him lots of positive feedback! He’s a little timid about this whole idea of blogging…)