Monday, February 21, 2011

Shedding New Light

Remember when I said my super sweet hubby bought me an awesome Valentine's Day gift for the dining room? Well, it's all finished and ready to be revealed! But first, a little background information.

Ever since we moved to the new rental house a couple months ago, I've wanted to get a different light fixture for the dining area. This is what was there when we moved in:

A contemporary-style silver chandelier with alabaster glass shades. Or in other words, "ick." (You can see another picture of it here - second to last picture.) So I started paging through a stack of old Pottery Barn catalogs to get some inspiration and found this beauty:

Gorgeous! But expensive. So the search continued for something similar... then I saw this post from The Lettered Cottage and loved the Pottery Barn knock-off chandelier she created for only 75 bucks:

And so, this is where my hubby comes in... for Valentine's Day, he bought me the supplies I needed to make my own Pottery Barn knock-off chandelier! Woo-hoo! He sure knows the way to my heart. :) Here's the final results:

So much better than "ick." I love it! The chandelier and shades came from Lowe's, and the jute trim came from M & J Trimming. I attached the trim with a few dabs of hot glue, and ta-da! A stylish chandelier for about a quarter of the price... in yo' face, Pottery Barn!

I also made a make-shift cord cover with a bit of burlap I already had. Wrap it around the cord, and hot glue the ends.

Hot glue is my new best friend.


  1. Looks awesome and perfect for your dining room!

  2. LOVE the ways yours turned out! Love the thin jute on the top and bottom of each shade. Very nicely done!

  3. Hey I just found your blog through the Lettered Cottage- I'm looking to update our chandelier and yours is beautiful. Oh, and I'm your newest Follower. Keep up the good work!

  4. I know this was almost 2 years ago - but I just saw it! And I love it! We live on military base housing, and had a nasty 80s style plastic lamp in our dining room, and all I could find within our budget to replace it with was a silver chandelier like ya'lls previous one. It's better, but I loveee the PB knockoff you made! I just might have to convince my hubs for this upcoming Valentine's Day to get me what I need to make one ;)