Tuesday, October 20, 2009

The most beautiful light

So, I decided over the weekend I wanted the dining room redo DONE. I mean, there comes a point when I just can't take it "almost there" anymore.

Needless to say, I'm whooped. I mean, I kissed my husband last night just for insisting years ago that we get a hot tub. Uh, yeah. I have never enjoyed that sweet bliss of boiling hot water more than the past two nights. My body has been spanked by this room.

The chairs are done, but having the room together finally tonight, I'm going to tweak them just a bit tomorrow, and then I'll show you. Redoing those chairs was a fight of wills -- their will to break me in the process and my will to break them into a thousand pieces before I was done. ;) But, they are GORG. And dare I say, worth it.

The light installation kicked my butt today too. If you've never installed a light, the actual connecting of the wires is so easy it's just silly. The process up to that part can take a very. long. time. Making sure the n.i.p.p.l.e (that's what it's called and I don't want any weird searches!!) is the right length to hang the light just about puts me over the edge.

But again, it was so worth it I can't even tell you. I knew what I wanted for the room, and what I wanted was this ($400 plus shipping!) Pottery Barn light fixture:
And what I got was a cheaper, Home Depot version with free shipping:

I had a new medallion up, but it didn't work with the light fixture (the canopy didn't fit inside the medallion for anyone that knows anything about light fixtures), but it turned out to be a good thing. The one we had up is simpler, albeit a little small. (I have read to go smaller or larger than the light fixture, just not the same size. I have no idea -- but that's the consensus.)
This light was a serious splurge, even from Home Depot. But after the pain I went through with those chairs, I figured I deserved it. :) See how I reason??
The little candle things are yellowish and don't look right, so tomorrow I'm going to spray paint those white:
But oh dear Lord, I love it. Like, it was worth-the-pain-in-my-rear-putting-it-up, love it. It makes me soooo happy I installed a dimmer in here years ago.
But on all the way, it gives off a TON of light, which our old light did not. That drove me batty!
Isn't it magnificent?? This is shaping up to be one of my favorite rooms in our house. LURVE. I will be back tomorrow with the chairs. If I can move that is! :)

56 comments:

  1. Nice! My parents have the exact same chandy. :) I think my mom replaced the yellow "candlesticks" with white ones, too (or maybe she sprayed them like you said - I don't remember).

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  2. Sarah,
    This is soooo gorgeous!! I really need something like this to go above my table.

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  3. Ooooh, pretty. And I'll bet it creates some great ambiance in the room too.

    DI

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  4. Congrats to the giveaway winner !!
    I love your chandelier and the dining room looks beautiful!!

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  5. I heart that light fixture from Pottery barn!!! I have been admiring it for some time! Glad to know home depot has a similiar light that is just as gorgeous! Your room rocks! Can't wait to see the chairs!

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  6. Your new light is just beautiful!

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  7. I actually think I like the Home Depot chandelier better. I love that chandelier, and I admire it every time I go to HD. I wish I had a place for it in my home!!

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  8. Ah, it is beautiful! And I love that you were able to find a similar one cheaper - really gorgeous.

    Chelsea

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  9. Wow. Its georgeous.....did I just spell George-ous? Whatever, typo, I'm keeping it.

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  10. The comments to my giveaway were awesome! Thanks ladies! Sarah is right, there were so many heartbreaking stories out there!

    Now back to the dining room eye candy ... gorgeous! I think that chandeliers are that one accessory that pull the whole look together (like jewelry!). LOVE IT!

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  11. The light looks gorgeous! Great job. Hey, my son's birthday is 11--21 too! Great day to celebrate!
    Blessings,
    Traci

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  12. I love that light! Great that you found the almost exact thing at Home Depot for less. It really looks very much like it. Can't wait to see the chairs!

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  13. What a beautiful light! It looks wonderful in there - I can't wait to see the whole room - and the chairs!

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  14. I love it!! Can't wait to see the chairs.

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  15. Love the fixture!! I am a little bit obsessed with light fixtures - I have to admit! The room is beautiful!

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  16. Definitely the icing on the cake! This room is GORG!!

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  17. I love it when my body gets spanked, especially in the dining room.

    New light = Perfection. Even if her n.i.p.p.l.e.s are the wrong size...

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  18. Good shopping job, I can't see the difference between the two except for a few less "twigs".
    I love it!

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  19. This is beautiful, Sarah. And thank you for the note that connecting the wires on the light fixtures is easy. I've been reticent to try that, but it sounds like it'd be something I could do pretty easily. Now I just need to do it!

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  20. This is breath-takingly beautiful! I absolutely love it.

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  21. I'm totally drooling over your new light fixture! It reminds me of the centerpieces of frosty birch branches & crystal that we'll be using in our wedding reception in December. Just beautiful! Great job!

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  22. My my my this is lovely! It's just the right touch to complete the room :)

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  23. Beautiful light fixture & looks perfect in your DR! Hope you are feeling better after the hot tub!
    bonnie

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  24. I would not have picked that light out, but when I see it up I LOVE it!

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  25. The room looks amazing with that Chandy...as always: you have amazing taste!

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  26. I am in. love. with that chandelier. What a perfect fit for that room!

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  27. I love it! It looks so great up!!

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  28. I have been thinking about the PB light for some time, but I actually like your HD light better!
    Good Job!!

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  29. Talk about GORG, wowie wow. It looks so pretty in there! Good idea with painting the sticks white, the yellow does look a little funny.

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  30. WOW! Your son is a mircle baby if he was conceived before you even had your first kiss. :)

    LOVE, love the chandy! Sooo beeeeutiful!

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  31. Sarah,

    I love your new chandelier. OK, I adore, want to steal, need, crave it. LOL Since you had such a time getting it up, I think it should stay where it is. I can't wait to see the chairs because you have such great taste, I know they will be spectacular.

    Hugs, Gretchen

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  32. Yowzah! That is a fab dining room. I love your new chandy...soooo pretty! I love how you were able to shop for something similar to the PB one. This is turning out to be a wonderful room!

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  33. Beautiful! It really finishes the room. So worth it - sometimes you gotta splurge!

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  34. I love love love it. so sparkly and pretty. good job can't wait to see the chairs

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  35. Such an amazing light! YUM! I can't wait to see your chairs!

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  36. Your new light is just gorgeous! Love it. Your room is going to be incredible!

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  37. Whatever it cost ... it was worth it. BEAUTIFUL. Can't wait to see the whole room.

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  38. beautiful! and i think it's so sweet about that special date in november :)

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  39. Wow, it looks great!!
    http://growingupcarlley.blogspot.com

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  40. I am in love with it!!!!!!! It looks SO good!

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  41. Oh my that is a beautiful light fixture! Great find!

    blessings
    mary

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  42. Love the chandelier!! I bet the chairs turned out great...just saw in a decorating mag about redoing those kind of chairs!! I'm adding the finishing touches to the entertainment center, but so far I am loving it!! We almost have the hardwoods finished in the upstairs hall (waiting on stairnose to arrive)...it turned out great!! Can't believe how much more open it looks.

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  43. It is gorgeous! And I say it was totally worth any pain it put you through. (She says from the comfort of her bed while sipping a latte completely pain free.)

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  44. Gosh! I love your dining room. I Have a chandie (an ebay steal) that also has those yellow candle sticks--I was going to cover them with contact paper, but now that you're going to spray them, I might too. Let us know how it turns out, if you can. Thanks!

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  45. Love the chandelier! I'm on the hunt for a new one for our house and may have to follow a few of your ideas. I'm attempting a DIY spray paint chandelier project first ... and if it doesn't turn out I will be purchasing a new one. Thanks for the inspiration! And, I just sprayed painted my laundry room (baskets) like crazy - all thanks to you. I love your ideas.

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  46. That looks amazing and just like the PB one so great choice! Love it!

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  47. Amazing! Gorgeous! Can't wait to see the rest. Oh what I would GIVE for a hot tub. Well, frugally of course. ;-)

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  49. Sarah...in love with the chandelier!! I too just bought a divine chandelier for our new Whimsy French Cottage...it is on order at Lowes. It has lots of leaves, prism flowers and an antique finish...so excited! I love the way your dining room is turning out...gorgeous friend!!!

    Hugs and love,
    ~Victoria~

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  50. just saw this chandelier in the new PB catalog and thought it was great! good choice!

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  51. I think you did great finding a replacement. I love it. Chandeliers are love. :)

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