Before and After: The Greenbrier Chandlelier

Couple years ago I spent my birthday at The Greenbrier hotel, and Lord, was it glorious. Let me tell you something: if you ever find yourself in the middle of the Smoky Allegheny Mountains with time to kill and money to burn, go to The Greenbreir.

We are talking about sweeping staircases, flowered drapes, checkered floors, stripes and color everywhere. And I loved every floral printed chintz minute of it!

I took a lot away from that trip, in particular, a fondness for green glass. The whole hotel comes in every color of the rainbow, but green glass is a common thread. Suppose Dorthy Draper designed it that way as a play on the name but I appreciate it just for the aesthetics too. Sometimes you just like the look of things and there is nothing wrong with that.

Shortly thereafter I came across this chandelier on clearance at Target โ€“cute, but way too girly for me. A coat of spray paint, three โ€˜cuffletsโ€™ made from bottle flowers, and a dozen emerald crystal drops later, I had my very own Greenbrier chandelier! It’s probably a little too low budget and funky to hang anywhere so swanky, but I am awful fond of it ๐Ÿ™‚


  1. says

    Oh, see now? That is the stuff! The plastic bottle is such a fantastic (and under-appreciated) craft supply and you’ve proven it here once again with the sheer green awesomeness of it your chandelier! Another craft that goes straight from your fingertips to my little heart… Thanks Peaches!

  2. says


    when are you gonna start an etsy store so we can purchase your amazing craftiness?

  3. says

    Oh. My. Gourdqueen.

    Hang on a sec…picking jaw up off floor…

    That is MY FAVORITE of everything you have rocked so far. The bottles make the most amazing chandy elements!!! I have no more words…looked again, jaw fell back onto floor…

  4. says

    Very lovely! I live about 20 miles from the Greenbrier…never been there…to pricey for me! I have to correct you on one thing, it is not located in the Smokey Mountains!!! It is in the Allegheny Mountains-which are part of the Appalachian Mountain chain. I actually have a Chandelier from the Greenbrier….it’s just white though..needs your touch!!! Every once in a while they redecorate and donate items to the local Salvation Army Thrift Store….They have some display cases from the Greenbrier there now!
    I love your style and always enjoy reading your blog!

  5. says

    That green is incredibly yummy…I want! x ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. says

    You guys crack me up with this eyebrow threading business. Pain= beauty ๐Ÿ™‚

    And Lisa, you are totally right, I stand corrected. Forgive me for listing Smoky instead of Allegheny. I swear, in the back of my head I knew that…but it’s been a couple years and I listen to a lot of Dolly Parton. A thousand pardons ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. says

    Wow, just love your alterations! I have GOT to start thinking outside the box when I go through clearance stuff. lol This is awesome!

  8. says

    Ummm…That. Is. FAB-U-LOUS! Just gorgeous! Are those amber yellow light bulbs?? Genius, I tell you!

  9. says

    It’s amazing what creativity can produce! The chandelier is crazy cool and your use of the water bottles is awesome. Thanks for always giving me new ideas to ponder over!

  10. Holly says

    That is the most FABOO remade light fixture in existence. Now I must make one for my front porch. Seriously, those can lights some knucklehead put in have to GO and must be replace with THESE.

    Peaches… you are pure walking around genius.

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