Where to buy a chandelier and what to look for:
1. I LOVE buying things used. So I'm most likely to head off to the nearest second hand and antique shops to find an old chandelier to breathe new life into. I found this one at a yard sale. You can also find a plethora of them on eBay on any given day. Just make sure you double check the measurements to be certain you find the right size. Photos can be misleading and often the chandelier will appear larger then it really is in a picture.
I have paid anywhere from $50 to $300 for a used chandelier.
2. I am partial to thinner more delicate ironwork. The older chandeliers are usually this way with modern ones being heavier in weight and bulkier in design. At least that's what I've found.
3. When possible buy a chandelier that has no glossy paint or lacquered finish. This creates an extra step of needing to sand the finish before you paint.
.4. Don't worry if crystals are missing. You can pick up cheap ones at a local hardware shop or go upscale and order some of the new Swarovski chandelier crystals online. I'll tell you where later when we get to that step.
5. If the chandelier isn't wired or you don't trust the condition of the wires you can take it to a lamp shop and pay to have it professionally wired. This usually costs me around $50.00 (US) to do. The cord can be then be made to be any length so if you know where you'll be displaying your new chandelier pre-measure the length from the lamp to the hook, then the hook to a second hook along the wall then to your outlet. If you're hardwiring straight into the ceiling pre-measure that as well. Hey it's a custom fit so as long as you're starting from scratch why not get it right?
6. Don't worry if the little plastic sleeves are missing over where the light comes up. We'll be replacing those with beaded covers later so that's ok if they're missing or in poor condition.
7. There isn't enough chain attached to the chandelier. Not to worry. Again a trip to your local hardware shop and you can pick up some chain at very little cost.
Just for fun. That's my dog in the background. He has his own website www.CutestDogEver.com
Be sure to message me if you have any specific questions!
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