(Ok, sorry about the pun)
When I think of a beach house, I think of coastal colors, lots of white and glass. So why wouldn't a beach house have a crystal chandelier? What better way to bring the feel of water than crystals?!
You don't have to spend tons of money on a expensive custom coastal chandelier when you can easily make your own. Shop either Facebook marketplace or Craigslist for chandeliers. There are even free ones on there if you wait it out.
Once you find a chandelier you like (and that works) it is SO EASY to go from drab to fab! Make sure to clean the chandelier really good. I recommend using a deglosser/degreaser. You can buy one from Lowes or Home Depot. It is usually under $10 for a bottle. Don't be scrimpy. Use the deglosser/degreaser freely. This is going to strip down the surface so the paint can adhere to it and give you a nice finish. Once it cleaned and dried, (if you are impatient like me, take note - SERIOUSLY LET IT DRY ) you have your choice to either spray paint it or hand brush it. I generally spray paint a chandelier.
A couple of MUST FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS.
- Tape off the area where you screw in the light bulbs
- Tape off the wire to connect it to ceiling
- Use multiple light coats (THIS IS THE KEY TO LONG LASTING FINISH)
- Let each coat dry 1 hour in between
Once your chandelier is spray painted, fully dried and ready to hang, have fun adding crystals to a chandelier. What if your chandelier doesn't have any pre drilled holes to hang crystals? No problem, Cristalier Crystals has tiny, yet strong magnets to attach crystals to any chandelier. They are so simple to attach and come in silver, gold or bronze.
If you chandelier isn't metal then you can buy a spool of jewelry wire (think 30 gauge) and use that to hang crystals. Or get creative, you can use sisal rope for a more beachy look or how about fishing line?
Once you have your crystals hung, why not try adding some seashells or even pearls for a "mermaid" inspired finish?
Looking for color ideas?
Silver chandelier with clear and aqua crystals
Soft blue with clear crystals
How about adding seaglass to your chandelier
Just have fun and relax with your beach house crystal chandelier. I mean, isn't that what the beach is all about...relaxing?
- Jun 10, 2020
Several modern crystal chandeliers are often very ornate with dozens of lamps and complex arrays of glass shapes to illuminate the room in many intricate patterns. More often, you can observe such from a five star hotel or from homes of wealthy families. Buying a crystal chandelier could be of a luxury to any average family but to some filthy rich people it is their pride to expose the grandeur of their house. The fixture's popularity has been a status symbol from the 15th century up to this point of time. No average family could ever afford to buy this lighting fixture for the purpose of illuminating their house. Not to mention that crystal chandeliers are use to efficiently lighten up large halls during medieval period. They were used in medieval churches and abbeys.
Way back in 15th century, chandeliers based on ring and crown designs began to become popular decorative features. This paved the way to the status symbol in every society. By early 18th century, chandeliers made of ornate cast brass flourished among the house of merchant classes, also development of glass making during this time lead to the production of cheaper lead crystal. The light scattering properties of this highly refractive glass became more prominent which piloted the production of crystal chandeliers. Through out the years more complex and elaborate ceiling fixtures continued to develop until the widespread introduction of gas and eventually electrical lighting which devalued the traditional form of its lighting appeal.
Towards the end of 20th century, crystal chandeliers were used as a decorative focal point to any room, which defeated the purpose of illuminating large rooms. Now, the world's biggest crystal chandelier is located in Dolmabahce Palace, Turkey. It was a gift from Britain to His Imperial Majesty, The Emperor of the Ottomans.
This majestic charm of crystal chandelier is attracting people to decorate their houses with grandiosity. Currently, you can have a variety of different designs of these ceiling fixtures being sold in the market. Your taste would actually depend on how you would like to exude classicism on your own house. You may want to have it made from crystal, wrought iron, brass and others. To find the right style chandelier for your home, simply begin with a color or a material that is predominant in the decoration scheme of the room. What catches your eye in the room? What type of statement do you want to make? If the room is more traditional, choose crystal chandeliers with more ornamentation and decorative details. If your home is modern, opt for less ornamentation and simpler details.
- Mar 11, 2020
A wedding is one of the most important events that anyone can experience with the person they love. This is also an important and very relevant moment for the families of the couple that is joining forces as a team. The process of creating the best looking decorations for this special day is very important, but it’s hard to think of a good way to do this sometimes. This is the reason why using crystals at weddings can be such a powerful and way to make this happen.
There is nothing more important than having the chance to upgrade your wedding with an even more memorable setting. This is a moment that is meant to be captured forever. Your guests are going to love it as much as you and that special someone that is becoming your spouse.
Make it an event that is event truly unforgettable with the elegance of crystal!
- Jul 01, 2019