Yes, I'm speaking of a crystal-bedecked chandelier.
I've been intrigued by the fantasy of a bathroom chandelier since the mid-90s when a forward-thinking friend mentioned her interior decorator suggested one for her powder room. That was almost two decades ago - she (and her decorator) were way ahead of their time. And for those of you who are thinking that electricity and water don't mix, you're right. I already checked it out:
National Electric Code 410.4(D) Bathtub and Shower Areas. No parts of cord-connected luminaires (fixtures), hanging luminaires (fixtures), lighting track, pendants, or ceiling-suspended (paddle) fans shall be located within a zone measured 900 mm (3 ft) horizontally and 2.5 m (8 ft) vertically from the top of the bathtub rim or shower stall threshold. This zone is all encompassing and includes the zone directly over the tub or shower stall.
Oooh! Did I mention the price? That's truly the best part!
My inspiration for this project was this Pottery Barn chandelier. (Sidenote: they have the coolest, most copy-able stuff. I'm so glad we don't have a PB store in town, because that might prove too much temptation for me. As it is, I only let myself venture into their stores only for inspiration.)As much as I drooled over this photo, I knew there was no way I was spending $300 on a light, especially a (trendy) bathroom light. Not when there were curtains and paint and other needs and wants to fulfill as we settle into our new digs.
|They call it "Bellora" which I'm pretty sure is Italian for "beautiful and expensive"|
I scoured our local Craigslist regularly, hoping someone might be ready to discard their PB or PB-esque chandelier, and I could snag their cast-off for half-price or so. Instead, I found an ad for a chandelier, at the unbelievable price of $25. And the amber glass covers perfectly match the existing vanity lights. But it was too tall. Back on Craigslist it goes.
However, thanks to eBay, I snagged my knockoff for $150 including shipping - back in June. It has hung out in my closet for six months; thanks to my awesome dad and middle son playing electrician over the Christmas holiday, winter bubble baths under the soft glow of a chandelier, here I come!