Sunday, August 12, 2012

Ladies, F-R-R-R-O-S-T yourselves...

Remember this!?  Feisty Mrs. DeLauer delivering the slogan cleverly thought up by Benjamin Barry (Matthew McConaughey --more like McConaughey-hey-hey!) in How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.  Love that movie.  I also love the idea of "frosting," oneself with diamonds but I have a budget to think about so my "frosting" is in the way of glass crystals and a DIY chandelier :)

I found this brushed nickel finish 15 light chandelier at the Restore in Richmond:

It was marked $65 with 25% off the price, bringing it down to $48.

And here it is now, F-R-R-R-O-S-Ted:

It is not completely finished yet.  I've decided to add glass bobeches.   I'll also need more crystals (I ran out for the bottom tier) and one more strand of crystals for the middle tier (so that there are two crystal drapes around the mid-section as well).   I really wanted vintage crystals for this project but I needed almost a hundred drops and 11 yards of strands so not only would vintage ones be pricey - albeit most were lead crystal - it would be tricky to find all the same ones.  So, I turned to Cristalier.  I found them to be most economical and I am impressed with the quality of the crystals, etc.  I was also very excited about the fact I could customize my fixture (notice the turquoise drops!?).  Should the color palette in the Master Bedroom change, I can always change out the colored crystals with another color.  And, maybe someday I will switch out all of these for Swavorski ones :)   I'm pretty darn excited about this one though - I have a custom chandelier for under $175 :)  

I have some awesome thrifty treasures from this weekend's thrift but I couldn't wait to share the chandy!  I'll be back later this week with those.  

I'm linking up!

Cap Creations, Thrifty Love
Southern Hospitality, Thrifty Treasures Party, Showoff Friday, Perpetual Parades, Favorite Thrifty Finds 
From My Front Porch To Yours, Treasure Hunt Thursday
The Thrifty Groove, Thrifty Things Friday 

Have a wonderful week!


  1. Oh wow, it's lovely! I love the touch of blue crystals you've added too. Very nice! Thank you for joining us at Cap Creations.

  2. Gorgeous! It is a real beauty! Thank you for sharing at TTF. Have a wonderful week!

  3. The turquoise drops were the first thing that caught my eye! Subtle use of color -- I love it. Great restoration!

    Visiting from You're Gonna Love It Tuesday.

  4. This is so pretty! Can't believe you did this, I loved seeing the before and after pics

  5. It turned out beautiful! Thanx for moving to THT!

  6. This is really amazing - can't believe it's the same light!
    Your newest follower - would love to have you drop by for a visit
    and follow back when you can :)

  7. Oh how pretty! Love the turquoise crystals, they add a little something
    Saw you featured at Treasure Hunt Thursdays
    Debbie :)

  8. I love it I love it I love it. I am obsessed with chandeliers and this one is fabulous.
    Thanks for the inspirations

  9. It's very pretty!
    Is this difficult to do?
    Was it a lot of work?

    1. Hi Crystelle - Thank you :) It wasn't difficult AT ALL. I ordered my crystals from Cristalier and they came with rings (you specify which you prefer) and with my jewelry tools, I attached them to the fixture. It took about an hour and a half -- but that's because I decided to go back and put a little more drape in the crystal strands. It was inexpensive and totally customized to what I wanted. Now I'm going to make my daughter one :)

  10. Wow that is some gorgeous Frrroooosssting!