Monday, November 21, 2011

Chandelier In Bloom - The Reveal - A Favorite Thing

I finally finished this fixture a few weeks ago.

The chandelier was in our dining room twelve years ago. It was moved to the kitchen eat-in area after construction until I found the right fixture for that space. Finally it was moved into "the blue room" which was my study and which recently became Emily's room once the girls decided they needed their own separate rooms.

It blended in but was not perfect. I knew I wanted a different light fixture in this room but did not want to buy just anything and there was no rush. Also, this had a low priority. But as Emily's room started to come together - one can read about the wall decal here - I started to look at the chandelier differently and decided I was not going to put it on Craig's list or ebay but instead transform it.

Shopping at Michaels for something else one day I came across these green petals in the wedding aisle as well as some pink-lilac ones.

I saw the frosted glass sconces as a base around which to create flowers so I removed them. Starting at the narrower end (lower portion) I proceeded to hot-glue the petals with a slight overlap. I did not measure. I glued on 3 layers, ensuring they overlapped and looked like a flower might and ended at the top.

I tested one in the room and liked the look of it.

Love how the color changes with the lights on..more pink.

At night, with the lights on.

I did the lot.

Then I proceeded to glue the green petals in the same way over the base layer so that they looked like leaves.


So far, so good...next I decided to continue with the "leaves" but in order to soften the look of the branches, make it look more natural, I used some wedding tulle to wrap around the fixture first. This would serve as the base on which I glued the other leaves. This was worked on every so often so here is a picture of a break in the project.

I covered the vertical metal piece and chain links with leaves (over the tulle).


Then came the dilemma with the flower bases...how to change the look..all the metal had to be covered/hidden.

Beautiful but still a work in progress.

I found this DecoArt Americana acrylic paint in Foliage Green at my local True Value.

After taping the petals and leaves with Scotch Blue painter's tape I started to paint the metal. I had to use baggie clips (really, these are so very useful) to keep the tulle away from the metal. During this time it was not easy to work around the circular parts and I got paint in my hair and on my clothes.


I found this pretty butterfly at Michaels and decided it would work with the theme of the room. So I clipped onto the fixture so that it was facing the door. 
In some spots the painter's tape did not cover the leaves properly so I got some of the green paint on them and so I decided to add some dimension and paint the outer base of the leaves a little.

The ceiling has some imperfections from when the last light fixture was removed. It was never repainted and I wanted to cover the circular marks left on the ceiling.

I "grew" the leaves upward and onto the ceiling.

Then came this other pretty floral trim (daisies) which I thought would lighten up the fixture in a different way, being white. This was bought at Joann's.


I decided to string it starting from the top.




And lastly, these Martha Stewart crafts floral stickers, again, from Joann's.



And some final pictures of the completed floral chandelier which ties in to the wall decal and the butterfly canvas art in the background.


 

From this..

..to this!

It is a favorite thing!
To recap the list of supplies: 
Scotch Blue tape,
Petals (pink and green),
Wedding tulle
Butterfly clip, 
DecoArt Americana acrylic paint,
Hot glue gun,
Martha Stewart crafts floral stickers.

So, what do you think? Do you like how it looks? It is one-of-a-kind. We love it!

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Lisa
Please Note: I have not been compensated in any way for this post. The views and opinions expressed in this post are solely mine and are based on my experience with the companies mentioned and on my purchase of products.

63 comments:

  1. So fun Lisa, I'll bet your daughter just loves it! You had a vision for this piece and executed it well, that is for sure.
    Cathy

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  2. Wow wow and wow again! It's like a work of art Lisa! The detailing and colours are incredible!

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  3. Your daughter must think this chandelier is the coolest. I bet it feels like a little dreamland in there. Great job!

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  4. Wow! This is an awesome makeover...you created something so unique and beautiful...it is inspiring! Thank you for your sweet comment on my lamps. I'm a new follower, stop by often and follow if you like. Keep up the great work!
    Warm wishes, Lori @ www.bleak2unique.com

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  5. Emily's new light is like something out of a fairy tale it's wonderful. That must be fun to look up to each nght, great job Lisa!

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
    Debra

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  6. This is just beautiful. I bet your daughter is thrilled!

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  7. WOW, Lisa that is wonderful! Very creative and so fun for your daughters room!

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  8. This is SOOO gorgeous and so fun! I just love that you used lighting you already had and make it work with the theme and look of the room. I'm sure your daughter will love having people over to admire her room - it seriously looks like one of those amazing rooms kids on TV have! (Oh, and I'm following you back now - so glad you stopped by my blog so I could discover yours!) : )

    -Mel the Crafty Scientist

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  9. Lisa, that's amazing! Aren't you so glad you didn't sell it on craigslist!? You are totally right... it's a one of kind and I can only imagine how much your daughter loves it! Awesome job! And so creative !

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  10. How perfect is that for a girls room! I bet she just loves it! Oh Ya, us DIYers make what we have work, you did a great job! I'm following, I don't want to miss another post!

    Carol

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  11. Wow, girl!!! That turned out absolutely amazing! It's so whimsical and fun...it would make any room look enchanting (c: Your hard work paid off, it's perfect!

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  12. How precious and perfect for a girl's room! I've never seen anything like it. I love it!

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  13. Oh my goodness, this is AMAZING! I am completely, totally, utterly smitten!

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  14. This is adorable and so whimsical for a little girl's room! Great job! :)

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  15. You did a fabulous job, Lisa! The chandelier looks very pretty and whimsical. I am sure your daughter loves her room even more now!

    Jessie
    www.mixandchic.com

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  16. What a transformation! This was just a very interesting post to read...thanks so much for sharing how you achieved the fabulous look on the chandy. I saw your post over at "Weekend Bloggy Reading."

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  17. I am blown away. Incredible. Just wanted you to know that and that I featured your post on tonight's Motivated Monday at BeColorful. Thanks so much for linking up.
    Pam

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  18. oh my gosh!! really!! I totally shocked.. stunned.. and super motivated.. Way to go!! You totally rock!! :-)

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  19. Lisa! Wow...that is an amazing transformation. I love the little daisy detail. I bet your daughter is delighted with her new light.

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  20. Lisa, Oh wow, it's a work of art!

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  21. What a creative vision you have! I can't believe the transformation.. Your daughter must be thrilled.

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  22. This is so cute!!! I can't believe what you did to transform that ho hum Chandelier! Thank you so much for sharing, will be featuring it tomorrow at my party. -K

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  23. Dear Lisa,
    I'm not sure how I found your blog BUT I'm so glad that I did! You are a decor genius!!! And I have to repeat everyone else in their comments "WOW, WOW, WOW" ... Thanks so much for taking time to share your awesome chandelier project!!! This is so pretty! Can you tell that I'm loving this??!!! ...LOL
    Happy New Year!
    Gloria Brown
    Maine
    p.s. I am going to attempt this same project someday :)

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  24. Love it!! Thanks so much for linking up! Just a reminder also to register for my $50 Stencil Giveaway!

    XO, Aimee

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  25. Your chandelier couldn't be more unique and adorable, I can picture it in Anthropologie! Wonderful job, Lisa!

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  26. OMgosh, I love it! I want one in my room! Well done.

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  27. Beautiful! But how to clean it... ?

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