it’s a chandelier fiasco

Salutations fine ladies of blogland!  I hope your decorating endeavors are working out much better for you than mine are for me.  You guys remember my sweet little roadside chandy from last week, don’t you?  The one I found while taking Miss Paisley on a stroll through our neighborhood.  Well, Mr. Handy was so sweet this past weekend and offered to hang it for me in the dining room.

Cottage Fix - chandelier

I was so happy with myself and this chandelier find, but unfortunately it quickly turned into another chandelier fiasco!  One of my reader’s left me a really sweet comment last week and also added to be careful to check the chandelier because the wiring could be shot — I’m paraphrasing here. I responded to Vanessa saying I had a lot of experience with old ratty tatty chandeliers and this one had already been rewired.  Which it really does look like it has been. Mr. Handy even agrees.

Cottage Fix - chandelier in the dining room

So we skipped the rewiring as it seemed pointless to rewire a fixture that’s already been done. As my honey was hanging the darling little light I noticed immediately that it was so small and looked almost ridiculous in our medium sized dining room.  So I just put it out there “Hmm… it looks a little small and weird.”  I was told to live with it until I find a new one that I like.  Rats!  So I flipped on the switch to see how much brighter the room would be at least — that’s what motivated the change in the first place.  When snap, crackle, pop, that’s not good! So down she came immediately and back up went the dim one I originally had hanging.

Cottage Fix - dining room with blue Ball jar and white hydrangeas

In the end, the new-to-me chandelier is waiting to be rewired in the basement.  I’m thinking of saving it for our upstairs bath remodel, it seems fitting for a smaller room.  Then it was off to the market to get four 60 watt bulbs for the old chandy and guess what, it’s nice and bright in there! Oddly enough, honey had suggested just that about 8 months ago.

Cottage Fix - white hydrangeas in blue Ball jar

xoxo Sally


8 thoughts on “it’s a chandelier fiasco

  1. Lin

    Eeeeep! Snap, crackle, pop is not a happy sound. But I LOVE this room – so fresh and pretty, and I’m sure the chandy will find a great place in your bathroom remodel. 🙂

  2. Julie

    That chandy is so pretty! Sometimes our design “fiascos” end up better than we imagined. You’ll find a great way to use it!

  3. Vanessa Bower

    I’m so sorry to hear about the wiring being “shot”. But, I’m glad that you’re going to have it rewired and give a good home. It’s still a beautiful piece.
    If it’s of any consulation, I’ve had this same experience with my hubby and the same outcome. 😉

  4. Kathy

    I agree with everyone, snap, crackle, pop is never a good sound, with electricity, cereal on the other hand…
    Thank you for sharing. Can’t wait to see what you have planned next!
    Have a good one.

  5. kelly

    I think the only time a “snap, crackle and pop” sound is good is when you’re eating rice krispies! Sorry to hear that the chandelier didn’t work out, but I’m sure you will find a place for it elsewhere after it’s repaired. I have several old chandeliers in my home too. They worked without me having to rewire them, but sometimes I’ll notice a light go out for no reason or even flicker on and off. Ugh! I just live with it. To be honest I rarely use them turned on anyway since it’s in my family room and bedroom. I mostly use the table lamps in there. I also have a small hanging lamp in my hallway that suddenly quit working. My husband fixed it (so he thought) and now it stopped working again. It’s not even an old light fixture! Not sure if it’s the light fixture or our light socket area that’s causing it. Having to live with that at the moment too. It’s always something, isn’t it?

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