February 23, 2011

The Ugly Italian Chandelier Gets a Shabby Makeover

I often see these Chandelier lamps, but thought they were beyond help.

Then someone gave me one, free!  

Don't you just love when people go 
"No, don't throw it away, give it to Carol"

Stained lamp shade and all

It had holes for attaching crystal and it's little "Made in Italy" tag still attached.

It needed all new wiring and a complete makeover.

Some heirloom white paint

And some vintage crystal...Oh, I love crystals!

Ruffles from torn and gathered muslin

And some Mary Rose fabric

It was ready for my booth at Orange Tree Antiques
I priced it at $65.00

I almost kept this one for my bedroom!  


Linking up with
Stuff and Nonsense

Transformation Thursday hosted by The Shabby Chic Cottage

Strut Your Stuff hosted by Somewhat Simple
Transformations and Treasures Pink Postcard


Nancy said...

Wow, Carol...it hardly looks like the same chandy! It's so pretty now...good job!


Mari said...



Sue@Uniquely Chic said...

Hi Carol, love what you did w/ this and how perfect, already having holes for the crystals. I tried drilling holes once in a brass one and let me just say, it didn't work for me. My friends too pass their "supposed" junk my way, love it!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Carol, That is quite a transformation and so adorable now! Love the fabric and ruffles.

Brenda ~ Shabby Cats and Roses said...

OMG Carol! I LOVE what you did with this chandelier ~ I think I would end up keeping it for myself :) Or at least, enjoy it my home for a little while, then "pass it on" to someone else. Truly gorgeous!!

Warmest hugs, Brenda

Olivia said...

Oh wow! I am in love! What a fabulous job and it would be very hard for me to part with! Gorgeous darling!
go to Paris, send me a postcard, one day i will get there too!

Char said...

Oh girlfriend, that lamp was ugly (sorry) and just like the black duck, it turned into a beautiful swan. You did a gorgeous job. I love the Mary Rose fabric and the ruffles. That was quite the transformation. Magical, Char

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

This is oh! so cute!!! :D

Ricki Jill

Josie said...

Hi Carol. I'm a new follower and I am already in love with your blog! This is a great transformation. I am only an hour away from Winter Park so I'll have to come by your booth sometime and bring home some goodies. I love your style! Great job!

Suzann said...

Hi Carol,
Just LOVE that shade, you did such a great job!!!
Suzann ~xoxo~

⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜ said...

That is adorable Carol! Love the transformation...you worked your magic...that will be gone real fast!

Createology said...

Lovely transformation. You really do have the eye. Happy selling...

Debbi said...

just gorg-juss Carol!

Laura Wilkerson said...

That lamp is really cute. If my poor 10 yr old daughter saw it she'd want me to get it and change her whole room around that lamp!

Stacy's Shabby Shoppe said...

Carol ~ you did a great job with this! It looks beautiful. Actually, I never pass these up, they sell really well and alot of my customers love the original finish as it gives it more of a French style, but sister, that shade definitely had to go! What a great job! Keep it up! ~Stacy~

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

It's gorgeous- love it in white!!! Stopping by from Transformations and Treasures- Nice to meet you! :)

Farah Muzaffar said...

So adorable change Carol...I cant believe it if I don't saw the previous one... its very beautiful ... great job
Hope you would like to spare a little bit of your time for my new post, it’s something different I hope you will enjoy …

Lori Katies Rose Cottage said...

That came out awesome !!!
I love how you put the torn
muslin around it ~
Soooo cute ~


Curtains In My Tree said...

That is wonderful I could not have came up with putting the ruffle around the top and bottom . Love how you painted the hardware white.
Someone is going to be happy too own that


Betsy said...

You sure saw the potential, I love what you did with it. I'm sure it won't be around long.

Erin said...

Holy WOW Carol!! You totally saved something I would have been throwing away too and made it beautiful! :)

Erin said...

Holy WOW Carol!! You took something I would have been throwing in the trash too and made it beautiful!! :)

Gina said...

Wow, that's some transformation! You've done an amazing job here.

Deborah said...

You did an amazing job as usual. I wish I had your energy and know how. I bought some chandeliers recently and almost set the place on fire when I plugged one in. Not even going to try the other. Do you have any tips on doing this? I have googled to no avail and besides you are so good at sharing instructions in a way that is easy to understand. Could you please help?

PEACHES said...

whoooweeee!!! You sure cleaned that one up! Looks FABULOUS! So scrumptious, I just just want to gobble it up!


Very pretty and see you soon!

sissie said...

Ooh Carol! This is so pretty and I bet it doesn't stay in your booth for long!!!

How's the little table doing? LOL! Mine is still awaiting a new home.


Lina - Fancy Frugal Life said...

Gorgeous! Well done!

Denise at PinkPostcard. said...

Carol, I am so glad you found me, however you did it! :) Absolutely stunning redo. I am in total love. I see these frequently at thrift shops and this is beyond anything I could have dreamed up. You need to make more! Thanks so much for linking up!

Debbie said...

That's such a beauty, Carol.Of course, I'm crazy about the pink pattern so that's an added bonus.

raggygirlvintage said...

hi Carol,

Thanks for stopping by my blog, I see we both love vintage florals!

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Love the raggedy ruffly on this fabulous transformation Carol. I bet someone has already got this beauty hanging in their home by now. xo

Cozy Home Scenes said...

I love it! I think I've told you that I love anything pink with roses. Hard to believe your beautiful lamp came from such an out of date lamp like the original. That is one I would have had trouble parting with too!

Ozma of Odds said...

...oh my, how lovely it is now!!
No wonder others say, "don't throw it out, give it to Carol!"

xo, Rosemary

Nita {ModVintageLife} said...

I love how this turned out soooo much! I never tire of a chandelier painted white.

alison said...

i wouldn't blame you a bit for holding on to this lovely little thing...such a pretty transformation and a freebie to boot...you lucky girl...thanks for sharing at fridays unfolded!


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