The successful ones. The ones to inspire. Because that’s sort of the point, isn’t it?
But what about all the failures? The mistakes? The learning curve when trying something new?
Doing It Yourself sometimes means lots of redos, readjustments and a bit of frustration. And sometimes it ends up being just a big old mess. An impossible failure.
I’ve always had a thing for the Orb Crystal Chandelier from Restoration Hardware. Those lovely iron circles. The sparkly, shiny crystals.
It’s a tad on the pricey side though, so I’ve been content with just admiring it from afar.
I’m grateful to have my very own vintage crystal chandelier hanging above our kitchen table. It belonged to my grandmother back in the day. She and my grandfather purchased it brand new in the 1950’s. I remember it hanging in their dining room when I was a wee lass.
Now, I briefly thought about doing a similar DIY as the Restoration Hardware version, using my chandelier as the base. I looked up other DIY’s and tried to figure out the best way to craft the metal rings. The main problem was, that I didn’t want to remove the chandelier from the ceiling. When I inherited it, I had it re-strung and installed it myself. I wasn’t about to mess with removing and installing it all over again.
And then I came across this chandelier DIY by Teryn at Vintage Romance Style. She recently posted the full tutorial at Remodelaholic. Her light turned out great and she was able to make it without removing the chandelier from the ceiling. It seemed fairly easy to make so I excitedly decided to give it a try.
I ended up buying a smaller coil of wire with a slightly bigger gauge, but I thought it should still work. I first cleaned the crystals (they needed it) and removed the light bulbs. I then did my best to put together my very own spectacular orb of light.
And what about you? Have you ever experienced a slightly disappointing DIY failure?