Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Medieval French Chandy found in a barn

 I found this in the rafters of a barn in New Hampshire and bought it. 
Normally I think of what I am going to do with something 
in a magical kind of process~it just pops into my head.
No deliberation, just pure vision.
However in this case, that is not happening!
The neat parts of the chandy are the shape of the base is kind of like a crown. 
Instead of crystal strands these are wooden. 
Wooden beaded strands are all the rage in decor right now!
 Little cutouts of a quatrofoil design go all around the metal base, and are very french.
 A bronze colored metal finish with black candle sleeves.
This fixture feels very masculine as is.
 You know I like to paint things white and get that cottage or shabby look. 
I have to say I wasn't sure this was the way to go with this particular item.
Look where I spotted it hanging in the rafters~
It was in this big old New Hampshire barn.
I had already checked out and headed for the door when I noticed 
it hung way up high and so I back tracked in, 
much to Mr. MD's delight.
It has about a 12-14' cord with a spliced in switch for turning on and off 
so I was able to see that it works. 
I guess you could just take a ceiling hook 
and hang this light fixture wherever you like.
I'll call this a Medieval French Chandelier,
(isn't that grand?)
and won't you tell me what you think of the
 following options for a makeover on this light.

  1. Paint the wooden beads turquoise and add some gold leaf to the metal base and cups.
  2. Just replace the wooden beads with crystal strands and call it a day.
  3. Paint the entire thing off white, add crystal strands and some drops, and change out the candle sleeves to ivory.
  4. Leave it as is, and put it in my Etsy shop.
  5. Nita (Mod Vintage Life) suggested painting it with Paris Grey and doing the same to the wooden balls.
Please let me know if you had
 an automatic magical thought when you saw this chandy
and how you think it should look.


  1. What a great find... Don't part with it!
    I would go with #3, but knowing how good you are with paint and color choices, #1 would be phenomenal!

  2. This is a tough one. I REALLY like the way it looks right now, and could work perfectly in a more masculine space. However, I understand that it doesn't go with your decor. I think Option #1 could look great. I also think a weathered wood look (ala Restoration Hardware) could work really well with this piece. I'm sure you'll make the right decision and do something fabulous!

  3. What a great find, I like it the way it is, But if you change it I sure you will make it a masterpiece...


  4. This is one of those pieces that I'd have to walk by and look at for a little while before coming up with something, Amy. I love that portion that really does make me think of a crown! You've thought up a few good ideas already! I could see the crystals in place of the beads, but I don't see it white either. Actually, my first thought {which I'll just throw out there} was a silvery grey. Maybe with some "aging" to it, but not too much so it looks "dirty".

  5. I would paint it aged white and go with the paint on the bottom kitchen cabinets on the beads, then add accents if needed later. xo

  6. I would never change the wood beads this is what makes it. I would probably leave it as it is. It is a beauty!

  7. It's just gorgeous! What a show stopper! Good luck with the kitchen cabinets too :)

  8. If it was mine I would paint it a light grey
    dolphin fin by Behr and add a few crystal drops to go along with the wooden beads
    Its lovely Please let me know if you decide to sell it

  9. You have an eagle eye - I never would have seen that. It's a true talent what you find and what you do with your finds. I'm in favor of option #1, but I'm sure whatever you do will be fabulous!

  10. Oh it is gorgeous!!! You find the best stuff! I would go with number three but either way you will make it beautiful I am sure!
    jen xo

  11. Oh that's a tough one. I would probably go with #5. I don't think it needs crystals, and it is so lovely the way it is, but I can see that you will probably have a hard time leaving it dark.

  12. I can picture it painted pink with a few crystals and hanging in a little girl's room ala Princess style!! (lol)

  13. It turned out fantastic! I love it in grey but I knew I would!


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