A few weeks ago I gave you a peek of my latest Craigslist purchase, a vintage crystal empire style chandelier. I've finally had a chance to get it all cleaned up, and Ray installed it for me a few nights ago. I think I'm in love!
Here's the photo from the listing on Craigslist. I wanted to show you a few tweaks that I made on the light. I'm keeping the old dining room light that we removed in the attic to reinstall just in case we ever move. However, it had gorgeous crystals on it and there was no way I was packing those up too! I started looking at the vintage chandelier and didn't really like the small string crystals hanging around and under the candles, so I used all of the crystals from my other light in those spots instead.
We also completely added some large prisms to the flower petals on the top by drilling a small hole into the bottom tip of each one so I could attach it with it's wire. I have no idea (and don't really care) if I completely ruined the integrity of the style, but I like it even better now! It's *right* on the verge of maybe being a tad too small for the space, but the larger crystals made it a bit more substantial, and definitely added even more sparkle!
A sweet reader suggested replacing the plastic candle covers with real beeswax sleeves. I'm not sure yet if I'll look into that or keep what's here. I did order a crystal ball prism to add to the center bottom after playing around with how something would look there and I think I'll like it. This piece also has a very yellow hue to the brass, which another reader thought is probably lacquered brass. I don't think I want to go to the trouble of having the lacquer stripped off, but I might entertain the thought some day of toning it down a bit with some rub & buff (does that make anyone cringe?). ;)
This piece is definitely fancy and formal, but you all know I like to mix styles and colors, and pretty much anything that catches my eye goes around here. You've heard it before but it's so true, buy what you love and it will work in your home!