One day while puttering around one of my favorite thrift stores, I spotted a vintage brass chandelier on the floor amidst some other 'junk'. It was missing its crystals, but it was so pretty and the smaller scale I was looking for. I just knew it had potential.
The price was very reasonable-I believe they were asking around $30.00-but I got it for $20.00. I took it home, ordered some inexpensive replacement crystals online and my husband hung it in our bedroom. I decided after it was up that I really wanted it to have a distressed white finish, so yes, I stood on the bed and painted and wiped and painted some more until it had just the look I wanted. I loved it!
When I decided to move from that home during our separation, I really wanted to take my chandelier, but for reasons too long and boring to share, it just couldn't happen. This isn't a sob story. In the scheme of things, we are just talking about a thrift store light fixture, right?
But I was a little sad that I had to let it go. And my grandmother's bench. And a darling vintage buffet. But I digress : )
Guess what? This Christmas, my brother gave me another vintage chandelier!
It needs the candlestick sleeves, but most of the original crystals are with it.
Here's the "help" part-
It got broken on our way home from California. Ghaa!
When we left southern California on Wednesday I had it wrapped in a blanket on the back seat of my van. We stopped overnight in Cedar City, Utah where the temps were well below freezing. Thursday morning, as we were loading up for the second leg of our drive home to Colorado, my six year old son forgot what was under the blanket, and fell on top of it.
When we got home, I unwrapped the blanket and this is what I found.
One decorative arm and one wired arm were broken off.
I'm speculating that the freezing temps in the van overnight caused the metal to be extra brittle and snapped when he put his weight on it.
So what do you think guys, can you help me?
I can't spend a lot of money on this, so I'm sure hoping there is some way to glue the pieces back on. If you have ever repaired anything similar to this, or had to glue metal together, I would LOVE it if you would share your experience or give me your best advise for how to approach this repair!
This is one that's hanging in my brother's vintage craftsman home and what mine will look like when she's put back together : )
I'll be back soon with a fun tour of a darling shop near my home town!
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