BAM. New chandelier.
It’s big. It’s bright. It’s celery green. I can’t make up my mind if I like it, but I’ll tell you what, it was a $19.99 fixer-upper from Goodwill. And aint nuthin’ wrong with that.
The new (to me) Cesca chairs in the dining room made me anxious for a new lighting fixture. And since I’m sorta big on chandeliers, I thought I’d surf some Ebay for a thrifty vintage alternative. Good idea – Bad results. The least expensive fixture to my liking came in at a whopping $800. Muchos Cheddaros!
So, when I saw this big 80’s Williamsburg brass bugger at Goodwill for under $20, I snagged it. Inspired by Jenny(Little Green Notebook)’s makeover a larger version of this same style light fixture months earlier, I knew spray paint and round bulbs would turn this into something awesome. And I was right – it did indeed, come out awesome. But, errrrrm, maybe not awesome in this room.
Problem 1. I picked the wrong spray paint. The celery green is too pale in comparison to the table, too fluffy-girly seen next to the pale pink walls. It’d look cool in another room, but in here it’s too coming off granny, and not in a granny chic sort of way. More granny mothball. Or granny panties. Fun.
Problem 2. See above – there is a dimmer switch on the wall. I love that thing. However, dimmer does not love the light. If I leave it on for more than a few minutes the switch plate starts to buzz and get warm. Apparently this is a common problem that happens when the dimmer does not agree with the light bulbs. It’s not a problem when it’s on 100%, but if I dial it down in between, the buzzing starts. It’s not the worst thing, but 15 bulbs at 100% is A LOT OF LIGHT.
Conclusion: It’ll do for now. I think it’ll migrate to another room as soon as I can find another fixture I like better, and in the meantime, it can play dress up in my favorite party dress: Christmas balls.