My husband was convinced that it was a necessity. We would have the same debate every few months. I would wake up and stare at the ugly, dust-collector fan and beg for a pretty chandelier instead. Justin would sigh and say no. One day last week, I decided that because men are visual creatures, it might help Justin to see alternate lighting options. I sent him over a link to 5 different light fixtures and casually asked his opinion. He really liked #1 (which happened to be my fave too) and then asked where I was planning on putting it. Uh, the bedroom.
We did what any civilized, mature couple does when they reach a crossroads...we flipped a coin for it. Heads won (me!) and the chandelier was ordered in about 2.1 seconds after the coin landed.
I have stalked this chandelier online for months. I first saw it in Restoration Hardware and Justin had to pull me away before I started drooling. I was in love. The price tag? Not so friendly at $2095.
After a quick search on Overstock.com (my go-to for affordable lighting options), I found an exact replica, sans the four digit price tag. Score. I checked the measurements, number of crystals and finish and they were the same. I imagine the RH version is a higher quality, but the Overstock version is a great, budget-friendly option.
Because Overstock's prices can fluctuate sometimes on a daily basis, it may be priced a little more or a little less on any given day. When I purchased, it was $315. After a quick Google search, I found a 10% off promo code withe free shipping, bringing my total to $284. A savings of $1810!!! I ordered it on a Monday evening and had it by Thursday.
We carefully removed the ceiling fan and got to work installing the new chandelier. It is definitely a two-person job. I held the chandelier up (before hanging all of the crystals!), while Justin wired everything together.
I then had to unwrap all 144 crystals and hang them individually. Yes, 144 crystals to be exact. It was a little tedious but went a little quicker than I expected.
Once hung, we flipped the switch and viola! Our bedroom felt like a posh hotel suite. I cannot describe how beautiful this chandelier is in person. Although, it could easily be the most difficult thing to photograph ever! My photography skills are lacking and because the crystals reflect so much, I couldn't get a great photo.
*If you happen to install this chandelier (which I strongly suggest you do), you'll want to hang it before putting the crystals on. With all 144 crystals installed, it is quite heavy. Also, start putting the crystals on the bottom row first, working your way up.
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Oh, I apologize for the radio silence. I have about 7 wedding-related posts that are written ready to be published. We're just still waiting on our wedding photos, which should be received soon. Can't wait to share our DIY wedding items with you!