Tuesday, April 6, 2010

What Billie Joe threw off the Tallahatchie....




Ok, so maybe it's not the Tallahatchie Bridge, but this was what I found on the banks of the Bosque River under a bridge not too far from my home in Crawford, Texas. It WAS a brass chandelier that had been on fire and I guess that is why someone ditched it. So my husband and I looked at each other as if to say "Somebody threw away a perfectly good chandelier?"




We stripped out all the electric wiring and light bulb sleeves and I painted it and then glazed it. Some pieces were missing, but nothing that a few pearl strands from the Christmas tree, some new crystals, some finials from a curtain rod and a few other baubles couldn't fix. And then, of course, it had to have candles. It hangs in our bathroom near our bathtub.






Clever hubby hung it on a pulley system so it can be raised and lowered to light the candles.



I apologize for not taking BEFORE photos and my good camera is on the fritz so I had to use my iphone. Hey, perhaps Billie Joe wasn't throwing something off the bridge after all....or if he did, maybe he realized its potential and was trying to retrieve it!



Thanks to Kathleen at Faded Charm for hosting White Wednesday! Be sure to visit her!


17 comments:

Linda said...

Wow, beautiful find...you just never know what people will throw out! Great project!

kathi @ traybella said...

so beautiful and love that it is on a pulley system!
kathi

Candy said...

Well I can check that off my To-Do-List for today...a good old belly laugh! I loved!!! this story from the ditched treasure literally in the ditch. You and hubs having the same AH HA moment...someone threw a perfectly good thing away.
I am thrilled that your little peeking eyes came to my dream party...now for a refreshing soak by candle light.
Enjoy ;-)

A Cottage Muse said...

So elegant..quite a mood setter! Glad I stopped by!

oldgreymare said...

The candlelight reflecting off your stained glass panels, yes, I could see them, must be wonderful for a late night bubble bath.
Lucky you.

Suzan

Cindy Geilmann said...

Oh, this is fantastic, love that your hubby helped you give it new life and what a perfect place to hang it.

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cindy@stitches

Allison Shops said...

How pretty! Under a bridge - how odd. Glad you saved her.

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Debra@Common Ground said...

This is a wonderful find, but even more wonderful is that you have a husband that "gets it" instead of rolling his eyes in wonderment!LOL! It turned out great, love your bathroom!
Debra

Jan said...

This is absolutely beautiful!!

Le Chateau des fleurs said...

Great White Wednesday post. Oh i LOVE THIS!! Great taste and great job!! This is so romantique and magic!
Gros bisous
Frenchy

Sandy~Romantique Inspirations~ said...

Aren't you glad some people don't think how we think, otherwise we wouldn't be finding any deals... and speak about deals you can't beat finding something free. Your chandelier is pretty and it has a lovely shape to it and certainly brings that romantic touch in a bathroom that's for sure.

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Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

This turned into a beautiful chadelier! Love the pearls on it. Thanks for your visit and sweet comment on my chalkboard mirror.

Primitiques 'n Poetry said...

I really, really like that y'all rescued it! It looks wonderful! ~Mindy

Ellen said...

Great makeover...very romantic in the bathroom!

Heather said...

putting it on a pulley is pure genius, that is a smart man! it looks great, love how you glammed it up.

Rory from Tools Are For Women Too! said...

This is great fun! I have been lucky enough to have found several chandeliers at flea markets, refurbished them and sold them quickly! Now that we have decided we would like several for our own home, I haven't scored any deals. We have also wanted one for the bathroom. Thanks for linking to Modern Craftswoman Monday! Rory