a merry mistake

19 April 2011

Do you remember this Goodwill chandelier I got back in September for $19.95? We decided it would be perfect in Lauren’s room, but we had to make a few modifications.
chandelier goodwill 1

You can see how I felt about the “pineapple” top, but Kerry mentioned in the comments:
“I used to have the larger chandy. We figured out that you can unscrew the points coming out of the top. We preferred it that way…”
I love Kerry for suggesting this! We did just that:
February 2011 001 1 Unscrew the top, and then use a wrench to take off the screws holding the individual rods.
Then, we painted it. I was in a hurry, so I did a mighty sloppy job with the yellow spray paint and it looked awful, so I grudgingly went back out to sand down the bubbles and start again. I actually was loving the way it was looking as I was sanding, so we kept it shabby to look like we found it that way at a quaint little antique shop along a civil war trail here in VA {okay..stretching it a bit there}
april 2011 035 1
and also added a little rub ‘n buff in patina (a lovely turquoise color)rub buff We covered the chain with a strip of fabric hot glued around the chain and added some pink pom pom fringe from JoAnn’s around the shades.
april 2011 088 1  Don’t you love mistakes that actually turn out to be good things??


  1. Looks great! I'm always in a hurry when I paint too!

  2. So cute, Melissa! I love your use of bright colors...very fun!

  3. What a super cute chandelier! I love the combination of colors, the fabric, the pink tassles. Great idea for me to file away in my head.

  4. How pretty and fun! Glad your mistake turned into something beautiful, as I have been having the opposite luck on my end! ;-)

  5. I love it! Looks awesome. :)

  6. It is adorable! I love the colors you chose.

  7. Anita @ Goingalittlecoastal1/18/14, 8:33 PM

    I would never have guessed those things could come off! It turned out so cute. Love the color combo!

  8. I Love this! I have been searching for a chandy for my daughter's nursery and can't find one anywhere. I am so jealous!

  9. It turned out so pretty! Love it!

  10. Looks great! Love a good "mistake". Any tips on working with Rub-n-buff? i bought it and can't quite get the hang of it. Do I put it on and let it sit and then rub it off? Or put it on how i want it and leave it there? Sorry!

  11. melissa*320 sycamore1/18/14, 8:34 PM

    I just apply it with my finger and let it dry. If it was too much, I lightly
    sanded it off, but mostly it was just wiping on and letting dry...


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