Shabby Chic Chandeliers - Decorating and Lighting

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Decorating With an Antique or Vintage Chandelier

Chandeliers are one of the hallmark decorating pieces of the shabby chic decorating style. Chandeliers are common in the French cottage decorating style and shabby chic takes inspiration from this style. French chandeliers are usually reproductions of antique French styles. Loaded with crystals and beads these chandeliers can be dressed up further by the addition of ribbons, lamp shades, and metal or silk flowers to complete the shabby chic look.

Because of the popularity of the shabby chic style, coined by Rachel Ashwell in the mid 80's, many chandeliers inspired by shabby chic interior decorating are available on the market today. You can by new shabby chic chandeliers, like those designed by Laura Ashley, or you can look for vintage and antique chandeliers and dress them up yourself.

When shopping for an antique or vintage chandelier you do not have to be too concerned about condition since part of the look and feel of shabby chic is to incorporate distressed items into the décor. A chandelier found at a flea market, thrift shop or antique store can be turned into a shabby chic masterpiece in no time. An old or vintage chandelier in ill repair or that no longer works can be spruced up this way:

  • Clean up the piece well, dust and sand lightly then wipe with a damp cloth.
  • Remove any electrical wire by cutting it with scissors or wire cutters. Keep the chain if you intend to hang it from the ceiling.
  • Remove light bulbs
  • Paint with spray paint a light color; white or beige or even silver. Let dry for 24 hours.
  • Sand the new paint to give it a distressed look.
  • Add chandelier crystals by drilling small holes into the base of the chandelier and lamp sections. Secure new crystals evenly with wire around the chandelier.
  • You can also add strings of crystals beads, twist ribbon around the curves of the chandelier, or use a hot glue gun to attach silk roses or peonies.
  • Add candles instead of bulbs back into the holders.
  • Hang your masterpiece.

Chandelier Designers - New Options

Laura Ashley

Laura Ashley designs are inspired by the countryside. Particularly, romantic English designs, rural motifs and charming floral patterns grace Laura Ashley clothing. Interior designs are inspired by the same elements and take on a countryside cottage feel.

Laura Ashley started her design company by producing small Victorian prints for patchwork. She used the prints to make scarves and her design company blossomed based on the popularity of her prints.

The Laura Ashley company is recognized world round. Laura Ashley clothing and home interiors are a welcomed element into your home and can help you design the shabby chic room that you have been shooting for.

Laura Ashley makes a huge selection of chandeliers. French and cottage inspired, these chandeliers will complete your shabby chic look.

Kathy Kuo

Kathy Kuo is a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design. She has designed for Halle Berry and Robert Redford. Her designs take on industrial inspiration but also are inspired by rural elements. Her design line is eclectic. Inspired by French Country, Country Rustic and Modern Industrial, Kathy Kuo makes chandeliers that fit in perfectly to the shabby chic décor.

Use Kathy Kuo's chandeliers in your shabby chic interior for a blend of rural and rustic that is not too edgy. Her style is improvisational and never too stuffy. There is a softness perfect for shabby chic.

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Patty Kenyon 4 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

Interesting and Useful information for the Shabby Chic look!!! Great tips!!


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eHealer 4 years ago from Las Vegas

Great hub and interesting tips. Can you buy extra glass or is it something you have to find in antique shops? I have an old one in my garage, pretty shabby, but I could fix up a few of the crystals and it would look better. What do you think?


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cabmgmnt 4 years ago from Northfield, MA Author

hi ehealer,

Yes, glass and crystals can be found at lighting stores and I have seen them on ebay. You should fix it up that would look great!


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cabmgmnt 4 years ago from Northfield, MA Author

Thanks, Patty!


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eHealer 4 years ago from Las Vegas

Thanks cabmgmnt


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jpcmc 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

They look elegant but I just don't have the patience to clean them. :(


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Dolores Monet 4 years ago from East Coast, United States

I've seen chandelier glass at salvage shops, very pretty old pieces. One of the problems with a chandelier can be cleaning all those little glass bits, but now they have a cleaner (can't remember what it's called) that you can just spray on. No wiping at all. It drips and dries to a nice sparkle!


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cabmgmnt 4 years ago from Northfield, MA Author

Thanks Dolores,

I looked up chandelier cleaning products because it seems to be a concern. I found one at Home Depot called Hagerty - it is drip and dry as you suggested. The other works the same way and it is called Sparkle Plenty. Thanks for bringing this to my attention, I am sure chandelier connoisseurs will appreciate the tip!


Sergio Freddson 16 months ago

I love the chandeliers you posted. It's hard to find them these days! Most chandeliers are either flimsy or much too old looking. I'm still on the hunt for the perfect chandelier for my front room! Thanks for sharing these tips with us. http://www.electrolight.ca/en/chandeliers.html


Sylvia 9 months ago

Those chandeliers look so glorious, where can I buy them these days?

Thanks for sharing these useful tips!

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