7.08.2009

Chandelier Lovin' OR My Bathroom DIY

As promised, I'm offering a few peeks into our home over the summer. Over at A Soft Place to Land, Kimba is having a DIY Linky party and that was enough to motivate me to post.

DIY Day @ ASPTL


When we were building our home, I poured over design magazines looking for just the right everything. I discovered that compromise was necessary as many of these things were out of our price range. My creative juices really flow when faced with this sort of dilemma. How can I figure this out? How can I get what I want without paying what they want?

One thing I knew for sure is that in a house full of testosterone, I needed a feminine sanctuary: my bathroom. This bathroom would be a no-holds-barred romantic space full of calm colors, candles, nudes, statues, and to top it off... a chandelier hung over my tub! I collected pictures, it was going to be perfect!

Just like this, with a jacuzzi tub:



Or like this, but a little more romantic:



Or maybe this!



I brought my pictures and all my ideas to my builder, who sent me to my electrician who shot me down on the spot. Some nonsense about "codes" and "danger" and "electrocution" and "death", blah, blah, blah (I'm very sarcastically air quoting as I type this). The Big Guy was like, "oh yeah, a light hanging over water will never do" (Man, I thought he'd have my back on this one!)

So, needless to say, my plans for my beautiful chandelier tub design idea was shot and I set it aside since more pressing decisions needed to be made (round or oval toilet seat? knob or lever faucets? marble or ceramic tile?)

I was pretty bummed when lo and behold my mom bought a fixer-upper ranch and I spent the weekend helping her tear up carpet and gut the kitchen. Over in the corner was an old chandelier. It was covered in inches of dust and dead bugs, with a special topping of splattered paint. It was disassembled and laying in a heap in a cardboard box, but it was definitely a chandelier! A crystal one with the fake candle light bulbs, way uglier than this one:



Dude, I had an IDEA! Mom gave me the mess of glass and bulbs and didn't give it a second thought. I brought it home and the Big Guy looked at it skeptically and re-explained what the electrician had said. Yeah, yeah, yeah...

I filled a tub of water and disassembled the entire thing. I took out the bulbs and pulled all the wires and fake candlestick parts and scrubbed it in hot soapy water. It's so easy, everything either unscrews or just lifts off a center bar.

Now I had a sink full of glass pieces that I attempted to reassemble it as best I could. I was left with a chandelier skeleton with no electricity. But how to make it sparkle? CANDLES! Target has these mini-pillar candles that balanced on the crystal saucers perfectly!

I let the candles burn down to get a nice wonky edge, and the big guy hung the whole thing from a plant hook in the ceiling and VOILA! On a sunny day the room is filled with rainbows!





When I look up from the bath I see this:



When the sun shines through the skylight above it sparkles and sends rainbows across all the walls:




You can see the ordinary ceiling hook here:



But at night is when all the magic happens:




So get out there and start combing junk shops and garage sales for your own diamond in the rough!

Ps (I misspelled chandelier 6, oops 7 times in the writing of this post!)

93 comments :

  1. Such a great way to get what you want and say phfft to contractors!

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  2. your bathroom is incredible!! i love that chandelier (sp?) and your window treatments, too. it's beautiful!

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  3. Oh I so love it, oh I just do. I wish I could do something like that, not possible but to dream. One day, a couple years down the line my son will be off to college and I'm going to take his room and make it into my room so then, just maybe. Anyways, I love it and love your blog. Take care, God Bless!!

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  4. Yo Jennifer, what's up my PA friend. Sorry that I've been away for a few days. I was traveling for work, but survived The Big Easy. I'm trying to catch up on your posts I missed as we speak!

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  5. That is FABULOUS! I love the candles even better. And good for you that you even take a bath..it's been WAY too long for me. :)

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  6. Oh wow....that makes a great statement!

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  7. Beautiful! I love it all lit up at night. :) Visiting from Kimba's party.

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  8. I can't even tell you how MAGICAL that looks! I bet you feel like a goddess when you take a bath with all your candles lit.

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  9. Thanks for visiting my blog. I love your work!!! I will definitely be buying something when you open your etsy store back up. I look forward to reading more of your blog. By the way, your husband would hate the "Target Graveyard". I don't even tell my husband that I've been, but I guess the cat is out of the bag once he reads my blog:)

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  10. This is absolutely beautiful!

    I want to put this in my new master bedroom. I am going to start the search.

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  11. So beautiful, especially at night. Funny, I picked up a similar, brassy, crystal-hanging, chandelier at a G-sale on Sunday. You've definitely provided some inspiration!

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  12. I'm so jealous! It's beautiful!!!

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  13. I really like that...I passed up an ugly brass chandelier at goodwill last week..hmmm may have to go back and get it. I really like the idea of using candles.

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  14. So terrific! Love your big tub too!

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  15. It's gorgeous! I "Ooohh'd and Ahhh'd" at the romantic version!

    Man, how lucky that all of the pieces and crystals were still there!

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  16. Ohhh - love it! I'm not a bath kind of gal but this post may make me change my mind!

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  17. amazing work, that is just beyond me. God job...
    m & j @zcouple.com

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  18. That is simply amazing. The dark shots with all the candles lit..I would never leave that bathroom. Ever.

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  19. I'm a chandelier freak as well!!! I DID hang one over my tub!! On a dimmer!!! It helps to have a hubby who does electrical!! When we built we just put in a cheapy fixture and he swapped it out for my antique chandelier with drippy crystals!

    And how 'bout the brown nasty one I found by the side of the road?? I spray painted it white, with a coat of glitter over the top and put moo-moo pink feather boa stuff around each of the candle things for in Cindy Lou's room! She still loves it!!!

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  20. This project is absolutely awesome!!! You are so lucky to get that chandelier, it truly is beautiful hanging over your tub :)

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  21. DUDE! I am SO doing this over my tub! thanks for the grand idea! BEAUTIFUL!

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  22. What a FANTABULOUS idea! Sooooooooooo pretty and ingenious! You show those code inforcers! :)

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  23. I'm so jealous! Your bathroom is gorgeous.

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  24. How fabulous! Love the fact that it offers rainbows by day and candles by night. Contractors, shmontractors :)

    Thanks for stopping by my blog to say hello!

    :) Amy

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  25. Gorgeous! Love the idea and now the search is on!

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  26. Very impressive. Dear, "chandelier" is a french word, from "chandelle". bises from Paris.

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  27. you are such a ROCK STAR!! love the candlelit chandelier ... you definitely achieved your girly/romantic water lounge ... Well Done!!

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  28. Can I come over and have a bth please?! Sooooooooo pretty.

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  29. OMG, I'm i love...just gorgeous! Lucky girl!

    Hugz,
    Michele

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  30. OH my goodness gracious! I will be happily looking for one now too. This is an incredible idea. Thanks for sharing the blessing!

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  31. All I can say is WOW!!!! This is definitely one I have to remember. I am moving soon and have no idea where Ill land but always wanted one of these too. Never thought about using candles instead tho. Awesome!

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  32. I have one just waiting for this exact same purpose! Did you anchor in the hook? I'm scared it's gonna fall on my head! :)

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  33. OMGOSH! LOVE IT! It's perfect!

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  34. Hi Jennifer! I'm so glad you stopped by my blog. That chandelier is gorgeously amazing, truly. I just love it. I would try to squeeze one into my bathroom, but I don't think that's quite possible...

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  35. Fabulous I sooo jealous but I'm glad you persevered and got what you desired
    Sandy

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  36. whoo hoo!! So happy you were able to see your dream carried to completion while honoring hubby's concerns - what a gal - it looks soooo FAB!

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  37. That's about like us moms that have a house full of boys. We have GOT to work our girly stuff in wherever we can! I'm currently working to make my laundry room girly. I'm painting it a lilac color and I'm going to put flowers, and all things girly in there.

    Thanks for visiting my groovy blog! I hope you'll stop back by soon!

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  38. You've been tagged - check yourself out!

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  39. Oooh, I love it. So feminine and pretty. I have thought about doing this too with a candle chandelier.

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  40. You have certainly made your bathroom a sanctuary. Love your "candle"lier. Delightful!

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  41. Ooooo, how I love that. I will start looking today. I hope I find one and can make it as pretty as your. Way to go!

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  42. Shhh, don't look now, but I'm moving into your bathroom!! It is just gor-juss!!

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  43. Where there's a will there's a way ;o) I love it! So beautiful and beautiful bath too.
    Lisa

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  44. I adore this diy ! woo hoo, it's even more beautiful with candles !

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  45. Wait! How do you light those candles?! Do you have to stand on the tub, or does hubby do it for you?!

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  46. I have to stand on the edge of the tub to light the candles :) But, considering I have 3 boys and rarely have time for a bath, it's not too inconvenient.

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  47. I think I like the third picture the best.

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  48. Hello Jennifer - I love, love your chandelier! It's so fabulous. I've been on the hunt for one of my own! Thank you for sharing!

    Blessings,
    Marie
    http://emmacallsmemama.com

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  49. I heart your bathroom and that dangly thing hanging from the ceiling (not EVEN going to try and spell it!!)

    I would have taken it apart and it would have been left in the soapy water for 3 days before I got back to it!!!

    Good job you!! (can you tell I'm jealous!!)

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  50. Oh wow, that is just so beautiful!

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  51. SUUURE! Scroll down past 55 comments...WHOAH girl!
    I LOVE the fact you put a chandelier in your bathroom! And that the SITS people got a kick out if it!
    Man oh man alive! I got to get writing good posts. You are AMAZING!!! I have no idea how you survive your house with ALL that testerone. How many children do you have?:) We have a house of estrogen MINUS the hubby of course!

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  52. Oh my goodness! I've seen this in hotels and such, and design magazines, but I've never seen it done in a real person's home - this looks so gorgeous! Wow, I totally want this, but my bathroom is all of 2 feet by 3 feet, so I'm sure it would look silly. Maybe in our next house...

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  53. As much as I loved the look of the chandelier over the tub, it did make me a mite nervous for the pesky problem of getting electrocuted. I love your alternative. Because if it ever did fall into the tub, the water would put out the flames instantly!

    Congrats on your SITS day!

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  54. I don't think this would work over my Master Bedroom's stall shower would it? :) It is beautiful and someday I hope to have a MB bath with a tub so I can do something like this!! Happy SITS day :)

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  55. OMG, I love this so much - I have no words...

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  56. Wow that night photo is fantastic. Good for you not giving up because they say so. I had a builder to the same to me once about why I couldnt move a wall..blah blah blah.

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  57. This is gorgeous. I love your window treatment too!

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  58. LOVE that idea! Just love it! I took an old chandelier down from our dining room and replaced it with a new one, but saved it because it's unique - I think I'm going to be converting it into a candle chandelier and see where I can hang it - or save it for our next house since our bathroom doesn't have room for a jacuzzi tub which our next house will have, you know, because it's on my 'wish list'. ;)

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  59. I.Love.It!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Now all I need is my own home, a gorgeous bathroom with a huge garden tub and THEN I can get a chandelier!

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  60. So pretty! I love the whole design of the tub area...really nice. It's great that you get some "me" space...we all need it, don't we?

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  61. AWESOME! We settle on our house in about 3 weeks. So now I just need to rip down a wall and expand so that our master bath actually has a tub (so sad that it does not...) and a big one at that! Then I need to find a chandelier, clean it, gut out the electrical parts, blah, blah, blah, blah... I'll stop back with pictures in about 5 years.

    Happy SITS day!

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  62. Dont ever tell a woman what she CANT do...right??? We always manage to make it work somehow..and that chandelier was no exception..its looks great!! What a super find!!

    Laura
    mybde.blogspot.com

    congrats on your sits day!

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  63. I so love this idea! It is beautiful with all the candles lit and the yellow glow. Good idea! Happy SITS day!

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  64. WOW! This is gorgeous and I love the colors and light coming in to make the chandelier really pop!

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  65. That's awesome...I'm glad you worked it out in an electrician-approved way!

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  66. I absolutely love this idea and it turned out beautifully! Definitely going to keep my eyes open for a chandy now. Happy SITS day! Hope you have a wonderful day.
    pk @ Room Remix

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  67. happy sits day!! And wow I am pretty sure with this post alone you will spark a chandelier frezie!! This is so fantastic

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  68. Wow! I love it! I am so doing this in my bathroom! i have a chandelier that we are replacing! It will go in my twinkies bathroom! How romantic!!!

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  69. WOW!!! Simply stunning! I live in an old farmhouse, and was planning on doing a "froo-froo" girly spare bedroom, but that got taken over by hunting, fishing, and moose. I have muscho testosterone here, too, but only 1 son and hubby. And since Jacob is only 3, I still don't even get to go to the bathroom alone yet! : P
    Beautiful!!!

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  70. That is such a beautiful chandelier and it looks perfect in that room! I love the nude painting, also! You have such a gift. We will probably be moving in the next 6 months or so, and I am SO gonna copy this idea!
    Thanks for sharing this with us.
    Have a wonderful week.

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  71. Happy SITS Day! Your bathroom is every woman's dream. How awesome to be able to retreat to a space like that!

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  72. Beautiful and amazing. Those boys and their concerns about electrocuting ourselves. Just silly!

    Happy SITS day!

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  73. You should so rent out your bathroom!!! Lovely, just lovely. I may have to ask Mr. Escapades for a chandelier for my birthday this year.

    Happy SITS day!

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  74. Love,love,love it! You have inspired a future post for me!!!! Go creative girl! Happy SITS!!!!
    Sandra

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  75. Happy Sits day!
    Always good to have a sanctuary when you're a mom!

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  76. Okay, so that's awesome. I have the same problem. I'm designing our 'dream home' and have poured over magazines and design books and have a gazillion ideas on how I want my home and decor to look. Never occurred to me anything would be against code. If it's in a book or magazine, surely it's legal, right??? :o) Love the pics.

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  77. That is so gorgeous...especially at night.

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  78. Love your lighting. Check out http://www.teatimeconsultants.blogspot.com

    You might want some lace with your lights.

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  79. So cool...thanks for sharing! I think I might need to do this to my blue/brown bathroom...apparently I let the testosterone from my three boys get the better of me when I was decorating my bathroom!

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  80. Definitely best with the lights off, and I love all the sparkles!

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  81. Fabulous. I can't believe your electrician wouldn't wire a chandelier for you, but then this is a much more relaxing and romantic solution anyway.

    Happy SITS day

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  82. Hi, happy SITS day. I was able to get a chandelier over my tub when we remodeled. Fortunately, I had our handyman hang it :).

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  83. I love this...If I didn't live in a Brownstone w/ a boring tiny bathroom in Brooklyn I'd do this...wait maybe I still can. All I need is a chandelier...and low and behold I have a 'junkman' up the street from me:) I'm desperately seeking a fixture for directly over my bed...this would be perfection to the tenth power. If he has one I'm doing it. yay

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  84. Oh my heck - that is just amazing. I would have never thought to use candles. I love love love it. Way to beat the system & electrical codes! Happy SITS day to you.

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  85. wow, it's beautiful. What a wonderful job you did. The night shots are the clincher!

    I can't believe what big windows you have though right beside your tub. I'd be worried about privacy or cold air. :)

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