You can display a vintage chandelier in a number of ways. I usually hang them from some item in my house. I like to put LED votive lights in the chandeliers depending on how the chandelier is made. I've never rewired one and that's on my list of things to learn.
My vintage chandelier with pretty teardrop prisms looks perfect hanging from the antique lamp stand. These two were meant for each other.The thing is, I'm not sure what to do next. I need a little advice from you guys.
You might remember I found the small chandelier at my favorite junk shop. The price was $15.
I also got the antique lamp stand at the junk shop. I bought the lamp stand one week and found the chandelier the next week. See, they were meant to be together.
The chandelier was missing the teardrop prisms from each of the lamp arms and I couldn’t see paying $1 each to have them all. That would definitely be pricey. I ended up with a teardrop hanging from each of the top arms, four total.
To put the chandelier on the antique lamp stand I first cut the wiring and removed all of it along with the light socket.
I cleaned the lamp stand with a shop rag. The off-white paint was perfectly chipped. Wouldn’t want to mess with perfection.
The base of the lamp was filthy and I scrubbed it with Simple Green and a toothbrush. Toothbrushes are handy things.
The arms of the chandy needed a little straightening.
The JTS (aka hubby, aka Junktion Technical Specialist) bent the chain link and fitted it on the lamp for me. That brass was really thick and strong.
I cleaned the chandelier after it was swinging from the lamp arm. What do you guys think about my work attire? I let the JTS take a photo of me working. I usually stay behind the scenes but I'm thinking to just let it all hang out now. I've never been the smallest or the prettiest.....just the most fashionable (insert Kathy winky face).
Fun Way To Display A Vintage Chandelier
Now isn’t that pretty. Looks like a match made in heaven to me.
I could leave the chandelier just like this........ or do I want to make it functional. This is where you guys come in.
Do you think I should remove the bulb elements and replace them with battery operated tealights? Or maybe real candles just for display? Or another thought is to replace the candle covers with new and rewire the whole thing. I’ve never done that but it might be worth a try. The display is soooo pretty as is.
One other thing. The chandelier hanging from the lamp arm makes the whole thing a little unsteady. It really needs something on the base to balance the weight of the chandelier.
Let me know your thoughts. I hope you guys are enjoy the holiday. I’m enjoying being at home after back to back out of state trips last week. Oh, and Happy Birthday to my little sister. She was a firecracker baby.....many years ago.
Check out a few of my other junk projects. Click on any of the photos or pink text links to see how the project came together...
Junk Assemblage Art.....
Thanks for spending part of your day with me, Kathy