I finally found a new chandelier for my dining room. I’ve been wanting one for a really long time and last month the stars aligned when I spied her at overstock.com…
Dripping with crystals, the perfect finish, on sale and in the price range I was looking for – she had me at hello.
Of course getting ready to have 50+ people to the house for Ashley’s bridal shower gave me the push to nab it. Parties are such a great motivation to get things done around the house, don’t you think? I highly recommend having one at least one per year.
When shopping for something specific, I like to think out my requirements ahead of time. Sometimes you need to adjust along the way, but establishing beginning guidelines can help avoid costly mistakes….
My Shopping Guidelines
- Finish. I wanted an antique bronze finish – my house has lots of stained wood trim and 20-year-old brass door knobs. While I would love painted white trim and brushed nickel finishes, that’s not going to happen in this house.
- Price. My goal was to stick to a budget of around $300.00, although I bumped it up a bit and ending up spending $332.09 including tax and shipping. It was worth every penny and I’m especially happy right now, because as I type this, the current price tag for it is $459.99.
- Sparkle. I wanted a chandelier dripping with crystals… a bit of glam and drama. Specifically, I wanted glass crystals – you should always read the manufacturer specifications to make sure you are getting what you want. Many inexpensive chandeliers have plastic crystals and in my opinion, glass crystals have it all over the plastic ones.
- Designer Look (with a budget price tag).
- Size. Picking the right size is critical. I wanted a chandelier that did not get lost in the room (too small) or one that overpowered it (too large). My dining room is approximately 12′ x 14′. I could have gone a bit bigger, but a chandelier that was much smaller would have bothered me.
Tip: Read reviews. I am a huge fan of customer reviews and they have never let me down. Reviews are especially helpful when there’s more than one or two – mostly because I think that the more reviews that there are, the more reliable they are. I tend to ignore the one’s that are over the top good or overly horrible – unless the majority of the reviewers agree with them.
In this case, the reviews were really high with a few cons – most of which proved to be true – fortunately, I was prepared to deal with the cons and (because of the good price) was totally satisfied in the end.
Consider a Ceiling Medallion
I knew that I wouldn’t be happy unless my chandelier was paired with a ceiling medallion and I picked up this plastic moulded 27″ round medallion at Lowe’s a few years ago for a bit under $50.00…
The white wasn’t working for me so I decided to paint it the night before we hung it. Isn’t it amazing what a little paint can do?
I love them together, don’t you?
Tomorrow, I’ll share the details on painting the medallion. It’s a super simple project to do – you really can’t mess it up and if (like me) you decide half way through that you don’t like it, it’s not big deal to change it up along the way. I’ll walk you through it step – by – step! … xo Amy