Monday, March 3, 2014

Beaded Pirate Ship Chandelier

When I decided that the nursery’s theme would be Peter Pan, I immediately knew that I wanted a beaded ship chandelier dangling from the ceiling. I have seen several different versions of ship chandeliers over the years but my favorite by far is made by Canopy Designs LTD. It is absolutely perfect in every way, except the fact that it ranges in price from $2,000-$4,000.

Isn’t it stunning??


Even though the Canopy Designs chandelier was out of my price range, I didn’t give up on the idea of a ship chandelier. I searched for a lower cost option and decided the Pottery Barn Kids Crystal Ship Hanging Light was the best option in my price range.

It was originally priced at $199.99 but when I bought it, it was on clearance for $159. It was still more than I thought I would ever spend on a light fixture for a nursery, but it was beautiful and after a little extra DIY love, I knew it would be perfect for the room.

The chandelier originally had pink translucent beads on the ship’s sails and since the gender of our baby was unknown, I decided to paint the pink beads a color that was more gender neutral.  I used finger nail polish because there was a huge selection of colors to choose from and the brush was small enough to work around the beads. That’s right, I painted each individual bead using finger nail polish at NINE months pregnant. My husband thought I was insane. I knew I wasn’t insane, I was a nine-month-pregnant-soon-to-be-new-mom with a vision!!

Here are a few pictures of the painting process (I apologize for the picture quality, pictures were taken pre-blog with my phone):




Here is a picture of it after THE BEST BROTHER in the world installed it for me.


This light fixture definitely completed this room for me. I love the magical shadows it casts on the walls! What do you think? Have you found any other alternatives for the more expensive crystal chandeliers?