Something that I have been dreaming of since before we even knew about this house came to life this week. I have dreamed of having a beautiful farmhouse chandelier made up of three chandeliers hanging above our dining room table for the longest time now. What a silly dream right? It’s just something that I never thought I would be able to do because I never thought I would have a dining room that would have the space to do that in. We all have different dreams I guess & that’s what keeps the world going.
Finding more affordable chandeliers
I posted on Instagram [here] a few weeks ago that I was interested in getting [this] chandelier from Pottery Barn & someone so kindly told me about one that was almost exactly the same from Lowes [here] for a lot cheaper. So, once we got the ladder hung up [here] in the dining room, I hurried my little booty to Lowes to see what these lights looked like that everyone was talking about.
Making them our own
I’m not going to lie when I saw them at Lowes I was a little disappointed. They were great looking lights & were basically identical to the more expensive Pottery Barn ones, but the finish on the metal parts were completely different & not the look I was going for. Instead of an aged brass they were an antique silver & I wasn’t a fan. So, right before I was going to call it quits & just pay more for the PB lights, I remembered who I was & what I did… a little spray paint & some altering & I had my dream chandeliers…
All the heart eyes!! I want these lights on in our house 24/7, but they look amazing when they are off too…
A little touch of DIY
So, now you are probably wondering what I did to the lights to make them more of what I wanted. It was actually super easy. This is how the lights came from Lowe’s…
The antique silver wasn’t bad, but I wanted more of an aged bronze/brass look so I chose to spray paint them with Rustoleum flat chestnut [here]. Want to know the best part of all of this? The lights came wrapped in the box with all of the crystals wrapped in plastic & only the metal parts were exposed so it made spray painting the metal super easy. They needed a little assembly as far as connecting all the inside pars together, but it wasn’t terrible. I also don’t recommend spray painting in your laundry room. You may think that you are being neat & tidy, but the overspray will make your floor sticky & the same color as your chandeliers. Or so I hear. Want to see how Jose made a light fixture out of our ladder? You can see his post on how he ran all of the electrical & all that good stuff you can see his blog post about that [here] & now the lights are looking a little more like this…
These lights are so bright in the dining room which I love because I feel like in our past dining rooms our lights were so dim. In these photos that I took at about noon today the lights were dimmed to almost off if that gives you any idea of how much light they put out with the three bulbs a piece. & yes, like I said before, I am going to give that ladder a wash of paint hopefully tomorrow, but you know I couldn’t wait to show you the light fixtures. Every time I look in the dining room it doesn’t seem real yet, I mean this whole dream house of ours doesn’t seem real. When will that happen? I’ll let you know when it sets in, but for now I will keep updating you on the progress of our farmhouse fixer upper daily. What do you guys think of our lights? Let me know in the comments below, find me on facebook, & chat with me on Instagram. xx
Luv Them <3
Are you sure you want to wash the ladder? (I think that the light wood tones carry some needed contrast to the ceiling.)
Could you give us a little DIY on how you wired them?
Your farmhouse is turning out beautifui also live in Michigan 35 mins from the Ohio boarder
Jessica Bruno says
Looks beautiful!!! 🙂
Jessica Bruno says
It’s like “super elegant farmhouse style” now 🙂
Kim @ IrishmanAcres says
I’d be nervous to paint the ladder, what if you don’t like it as much? Can’t take it off and get that amazing wood look again! I’m really loving the variations in this room, gives it more of that collected farmhouse feel! And those chandeliers? PERFECTION!
Dannyelle @ www.lifeisaparty.ca says
Wow, these look amazing. I’m loving following all your house updates, everything looks so great so far!
Love! Did you remove the fixed bar so that only chain was visible? My ceiling is low so i could never get many lights that have a fixes bar attached.
Hard to catch my breath! Love, love, love! You inspire me …….
Amanda Taylor says
Love this so much! You never cease to amaze me with your awesome ideas 🙂
Gorgeous!! I just love how the whole room is coming together and I love love love your light extravaganza!! Every time you say you’re going to paint something, I hear my dad’s voice in my head say, “you don’t paint perfectly good wood” but every time I see the end result I love it that much more! Keep doing what you do, I love it all!!! thanks for the daily dose of inspiration!!
Unique and gorgeous! So happy you got your dream house!! it’s been 6 months to the day since we moved into our fixer-upper dream house and it STILL doesn’t feel real!!
stacey grimes says
Where did you find your lovely dining room chairs at?
Jaclyn | One Thousand Oaks says
I love Spray paint! It is like the DIY life saver! lol The lights look great, I would of never of thought to hang the ladder just above the lights like that, I love it!
Wow Liz, I can see why your so happy. It all looks gorgeous. But agree with one comment, why do you want to wash the ladder? I like the wood tones that go with the great table. But you’ve definitely got style so I’m sure it will be fabulous.
And also how did you write the two sides ones?
Kim - Sand and Sisal says
Absolutely breathtaking Liz ! I glad you sprayed them. I thanks for sharing Jose ‘s link too! I was wondering how in the work you all wired that! Great job you two!
Amy @ My Life From Home says
Stunning!! Just beautiful. You really knocked it out of the park this time.
Larissa ~ Prodigal Pieces says
I can totally relate to your dream and love it hen God sees fit to give me the delights of my heart. It is all so beautiful, Liz!
This looks AMAZING!!! All heart eyes over here!
Lisa A. says
Please don’t paint the ladder, it is so nice to have the wood tie in with the table and contrast the ceiling. Does everything have to be white?
Michelle. C says
They are perfect. Love them.
I absolutely love your chandeliers and your lovely home!