A new chandelier swagged and centered – finally!

When we moved in to this house I was super excited to finally have a chandelier in the dining room.  This one was the original “antiqued” 1970s brass model with some DIY upgrades by the previous owner. Painted and adorned with fake greenery and some very Laura Ashley shades.  We have looked on and off for a chandelier to replace it and then got serious over the winter.  We were frustrated with what we had to choose from and decided just to spray paint it for now, swag it over the center of the table and, in a few years, replace it altogether.  The project was put on hold while we waited for the coldest winter on record to pass.  You know what happens over time, minds get changed, again.  We searched anew and found something that everyone could agree upon.

Here a close up of the chandelier from when we did our final walk through before closing on the house.


Chandelier before house purchase

I never took any better before pictures because the hubs id a proactive guy and got right into removing the shades and greenery as soon as we had access to the house.  Notice the popcorn ceilings are still there.

This is what we have been living with for about 18 months.  We oriented the dining room table in the opposite direction from the original intention.  The chandelier was totally off center and in danger of head on collisions.

chandelier stripped to copper paint

It had been painted copper, which I preferred, but with a brush – and the strokes showed. Also, it was only partially painted and two tone in a bad way.

brush strokes in paint

We were thinking an oil rubbed bronze finish.  I find that to be the most neutral finish and we already have quite a mix of metals in the room.  The china cabinet has a similar aged finish on the hardware with a hint of verdigris, and there are various brass tones as well.  As you can see, our furniture is very French, but I didn’t want a chandelier that was too frilly.  This chandelier at Lowes worked.  A mix of classic elements with some sleek lines to balance all the curvy floral French Provincial details.  The glass globes are a bit frilly…we can change those later.

CChandelier choice at Lowes

It has an oil rubbed bronze finish with brass accents.

oil rubbed bronze brass accents

Here is the final after view.

chandelier after

Having the chandelier swagged and centered above the table looks so much better.  This chandy also has a bit more volume with a more appropriate scale to the space.  It is such and improvement and the light is also much better.

Still, I am not crazy about the globes.  Hubs likes them.  The debate will continue.  I like these two.

sublte curvy chandy glass globesor even these.

subtle curvy chandy glass globeAll of these styles have a nice amount of curve to maintain the elegance, but with a little less frill without that ribbed texture.  Switching the glass globes is such an easy project to do during the cold months, we will revisit then.  For now the dining room feels a lot more grown up and pulled together.

snowmageddon snowy day sewing project

Snowmageddon? Snowy Day Sewing Project

Well, not for me.  School was indeed cancelled, I believe in anticipation of more snow later in the day.  Said snow has yet to materialize.


While much of the our area has been, non stop, pummeled with snow, we are ALL experiencing the brisk temperatures and blustery winds.  As the kids ran wildly through the house longing to play outside in our paltry two inches of sloppy snow, I turned my attention to a small snowy day sewing project.

We spent most of the warm weather on a long list of winterizing projects for our house.  Our front door needs replacing, but was near the bottom of the winterizing list.  It is extremely outdated, probably original to the house.  In my opinion, with its diamond shaped lights, it does not belong on any house remotely resembling a colonial style.  Actually, I can’t picture those jovial harlequins on many home styles.  Hopefully we will replace it with something more appropriate and efficient this summer.  Anyhoo, we get  quite a draft through the lower corner, as we found out during our first winter living across from a wide open farmer’s field.  A temporary solution was to roll up a towel a la draft dodger style and place across the bottom edge of the door.

draft dodger before

Lovely.  Not only that, impractical.  If one uses two hand to remove the towel to open the door, then the towel stays neatly rolled.   No on does this, because they are using one hand to open the door.  It has to be moved every time the door is opened and re rolled just about every time the door is closed.  By the way did you see what it looks like?  This is an old “rag” towel, but even my best guest towels would be an eye sore.

I needed something more attractive and practical.  For my little snowy day sewing project, I decided to make a euro sham pillow cover draft dodger of my own.  I had some leftover fabric from the window valance that I made for the front door.  I measured it and it was just the right size, at least for the front.  I love this fabric it is from the Downton Abbey collection – Dowager Countess Large Medallions Black.

Dowager Countess Large Medallions Black

I don’t watch the show, but I love this retro reproduction pattern and the black and tan color scheme.  It has a gray background that gives it a textural depth.  I backed it with some solid black poplin and made a quick little envelope back pillow.

draft dodger

I made a standard size of 12″ x 14″ so that I can use this with a form in the future.  Today, I stuffed it with a bag of rice (double bagged in a zipper bag) and a small throw pillow that I stole borrowed from my daughter.

draft dodger assemblydraftdodgerassembly1draft dodger done



Now it can be moved out of the way with one hand and coordinates withe the room and color scheme.  That is my little snowy day sewing project.

Draft dodger pillow after

What do you think?  How do you spend your snow days?