Friday, March 5, 2010

Light it up, It's Party Time!

Just got paid, Friday night. Party huntin... 

Each week as Friday draws near I can't help but to start humming this little ditty from the '80s.  Around 4pm on Thursday, I get a strong urge to head over to Clossman's {my favorite thrift store}.      

Since I've been shopping there, I've discovered quite a few gems that I haven't shared with y'all due to a lack of time.    However, this latest one is too good to keep to myself.  It also gives me an opportunity to be a PAR-TAY GIRL...woo hoo!  

One of my favorite spots in Clossman's is the 2nd floor Second Hand Store.  A treasure trove of unique items, the lighting department is always my first stop.  It's filled with shelves of old lamps and chandeliers.  

A few weeks ago I spotted a chandelier with potential.  However, it wasn't love at first sight.  It was dull and dirty.  Not exactly what I was looking for.   I wanted something with a little more *SHINE*

Well I found what I was looking for on Ebay.  But at $69.95, I just couldn't do it.  
 


I have this problem called indecision that prevents me from spending more money on something than I have to.  So if I don't like it, I won't feel too bad if it ends up in the attic. 

Funny thing, the more I looked at the Ebay light,  {which is supposedly fashioned after the Restoration Hardware's Library Chandelier} it reminded me of the dirty little chandelier I spotted at Clossman's. 

As soon as the snow stopped, I headed out to pick up my little find. 

BEFORE




For $9.95, I could NOT get to the cash register fast enough!


The chandelier was disassembled, rewired and got a bath in muriatic acid to remove a peeling clearcoat. 


AFTER


Cleaned up in and in it's new home
~Our Living Room~


Doesn't it *SHINE*


I love, love, LOVE this light! I don't think it will be seeing the attic anytime soon. 

At $20 {$10 for the light and $10 for the electrical wire}, it's truly a trash to treasure. 

It's Party Time.  Here's where I'll be linking up...

Frugalicious Friday at Finding Fabulous
Frugal Friday at The Shabby Nest
Saturday Night Special at Funky Junk Interiors
Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch
DIY day at A Soft Place to Land


Sincerely, Lisa

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33 comments:

  1. Lisa,
    What a wonderful find! We are such kindred spirits! Both with our decision making (or lack there of) and with our need to find the least expensive means to our end! I'm looking forward to seeing how this room evolves over time!
    You had asked for my e-mail and yesterday was very busy... here it is wdbernhardt@embarqmail.com
    I would love to keep in touch however it works best for you!
    Dee Dee

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  2. Good for you! Great find at a great price!

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  3. Lisa,
    Great job on the 'new' light. It looks great. Thanks for stopping by my blog...loving yours! NG

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  4. No way! Shut the front door! That is freakin fab! (yes all of the exclamations are really important) $9.99, I wish I could snatch up a find like that. You really brought that chandy to life.

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  5. I'm another one who can't pay a lot for decor. Don't want to be locked into something just b/c it costs a lot. (I do have some pieces like that.) Your find is great! I think yours would also look good with the shades like the ebay one if you ever wanted a change.

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  6. Thanks y'all for your comments. You're right Tammy. I'm thinking some shades would finish the look. Lisa

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  7. Lisa, I think you found yourself a very nice chandelier!!! It is gorgeous and I know you are thrilled.

    Have a great weekend!

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  8. Lisa, what a great find and it looks fabulous! Jude

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  9. Oh wow... it does shine! That is a great find and wonderful fix up! :)
    ~Jennifer
    www.studiojru.com

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  10. Good find and great restoration! Kim

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  11. You have a great eye! What a bargain.

    And, I'm right there with you on not paying alot for things. I change my mind so often so I know there's a good chance my purchases will eventually end up in the garage.

    Thanks for visiting my blog; glad to have found yours as well :)

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  12. wow! you used some elbow grease on this! it looks fabulous. it does shine~!

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  13. Oh my goodness, I love it. What vision you have. I have light fixtures with patina brass though out my house and there a few I need to replace, so I will be looking out for one I can use acid on, thanks for the idea.

    Cha Cha

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  14. love your header!! just stopped by.. glad to meet you! new follower now!!

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  15. This looks awesome. I love the feel of it! I wish I could put it into words. Great job!

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  16. Very nice before and after!
    Paula Grace ~

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  17. I love how shiny it is! I'll have to remember that about the muriatic acid.

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  18. You scored well on that chandy!

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  19. Lisa, What a great find! It looks great in its new home!
    Wendy

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  20. wow- that really turned out beautifully!

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  21. Lisa,
    Mason is where the ATP is played. Do you all ever come and watch? I Love Graeter's Icecream too!
    Dee Dee

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  22. Looks great, love the simple straight lines. And, I agree shades would be cute too!

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  23. Really beautiful! It looks like it was meant to be there and the price tag's not bad either! I'd love to see shades on this :)

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  24. What a score! Love it! Love it! Love it!

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  25. Such a deal! I would've trampled a few small children trying to get to the register (not really, don't email me about this). Beautiful work, Lisa!

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  26. Great Job Lisa! How did I miss this post?! Now I feel bad for ordering mine for the price I paid!!!


    Have a great day!

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