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DIY French Farmhouse Beaded Chandelier

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Some of you might have noticed that my dining room chandelier has been through a couple of transitions since I’ve had this blog.  When we first moved in, my style was more Mediterranean, so the Rodeo Collection Round Twelve Light chandelier was a great option for our dining room.  Pretty, right?

 

Well, after a while, I decided it was too “heavy” looking and so to make it more delicate and give it a French flair, I added crystals.  You can find the full tutorial for adding crystals {HERE}.

French spring dining room

 

And now? Well, it looks like this!

 

Recently, I’ve been drawn toward the Farmhouse trend and so for the Fall season, decided to give my chandelier a more Farmhouse look with the addition of beads!  I’ve been loving the looks of beaded Farmhouse chandeliers like the one below from Target, so this was my inspiration.

 

This project was an easy and inexpensive way to not only change the look of the chandelier, but the dining room in general.

Supplies

  • Beads
  • Paint
  • Paint Brush
  • String
  • Scissors

Seriously, that’s it!  It really is that easy!

 

Step 1: Calculate Your # of Beads

I purchased 24mm wooden spacer beads from both Doreen’s Beads and Amazon.  Ultimately, for this size chandelier, it took almost 500 beads.  You’ll need to look at how many sections you want and how much drape you want each to have in order to calculate the total number needed.  I have 33 per section on the top of mine, and 18 per section on the bottom.

 

Step 2: Paint {Optional}

There are lots of colors to choose from, but I decided to go with plain wood.  What I didn’t realize with the batch I ordered from Doreen’s Beads is that they were lacquered, so I didn’t really like the look of them once they arrived {while less expensive than the ones from Amazon, these are no longer available}.  They were shinier and more yellow than I wanted.  Instead of returning, I decided to paint them.  Now, I wouldn’t really recommend this route, not because it’s difficult – because it isn’t – but it IS very time-consuming!  {Note, the beads from Amazon aren’t yellow or lacquered and are plain, unfinished wood.}

I used CeCe Caldwell Young Kansas Wheat chalk paint because it’s odorless and dries quickly, which meant I could sit and do this at the kitchen table while watching TV.  For each bead, I painted one end first and turned over to let it dry for 30 seconds or so.  Then I placed a wooden skewer inside the hole, which allowed me to tilt the bead and paint all sides and the top without putting my fingers on the wet paint!  When done, slide the skewer out and let dry.

 

 

Step 3: String

I chose to use brown 1mm wax cotton cord for this project for two reasons.  One, I needed a material that wouldn’t stretch and sag over time and that could be knotted.  Second, I chose brown so that it would blend with the bronze look of my chandelier.  I simply strung the beads on to pre-cut lengths.

For most areas, I was able to tie each side to the chandelier to create a draping effect.  At the bottom, though, I had a length of bead that was freely hanging.  The holes on these beads are quite large and I wasn’t able to make a giant knots, so instead, I double-backed through the last bead and then made a knot.  I then painted the cord that showed on the outside.

 

Step 4: Center Bead

When all was said and done, I decided to add larger beads along the outer edges and one large one hanging down from the center.  The outer beads are 2″ and the center is 3″.  These larger beads didn’t have holes and I didn’t trust myself with a drill, so I simply hot glued them on!!  {I keep waiting for that moment during a dinner party when a guest get bonked on the head with a falling bead!}

 

That’s it!  The total cost was $75, which seems like a lot for a craft project but it’s WAAAAY less expensive than replacing the chandelier!  And don’t worry….For those of you that liked the crystal version better, I saved them and can swap back at any time.  I love projects that aren’t permanent and can be changed over time, don’t you?!

 

 

 

 

 

NorCal Fire Aftermath – Free Inspirational Printable

As some of you might now know from my recent Facebook post, my hometown of Santa Rosa was devastated by wildfires that started late the night of October 8th and have continued to burn into this week.  While I no longer live in Santa Rosa, my mom and many friends still reside in this beautiful part of Sonoma County and it was such a helpless and terrifying feeling to watch the news from afar while amidst so much uncertainty and active fire danger.

{via NY Daily News}

 

Those first 48 hours were terrifying, as my mom was evacuated and I panicked as to whether she’d be able to save enough memories of my dad during her frantic rush to leave the house.  The devastation is tremendous…as of the time I am writing this, Santa Rosa alone lost 3,000 structures and has a death toll of 34 and counting.  Over 220,000 acres have been scorched across series of fires currently burning in Northern California.  To put that in perspective, that’s over 260 times the size of New York’s Central Park.

{via LA Times}

 

In the days that have followed, what became evident was how many good, kind, generous, and wonderful people there are in this world.  My guess is that most news stations showed video of the fire’s destruction, so what you might not have seen were the photos of police stations overflowing with food for rescue personnel, not to mention donations for fire victims.

{via Santa Rosa Firestorm Update}
{via Santa Rosa Firestorm Update}

 

Or lost ones being found.  Or pets being treated for injuries and reunited with their families.  {Izzy, the dog below, survived the fire and waited nearby for her owners to return!}

{via NBC News}

 

Or homeowners providing hot meals to rescue workers or just those that were without power and needed a meal.  Or the free services offered to those in need, no questions asked.

{via Santa Rosa Firestorm Update}

 

Or the pictures of burned family photos or other mementos that people were gathering and posting online in an effort to find their owners.  {And the owners were found, by the way.}

{via  KTVU and Jessica Riveras}

 

Or those who had power, setting up phone charging stations for those without power.  Strangers helping strangers out of the goodness of their hearts.

{via Santa Rosa Firestorm Update}
{via Santa Rosa Firestorm Update}

 

And the help didn’t just spring from within the affected areas, but from ALL OVER.  My mom evacuated to my home in the Bay Area and I wanted her to get some necessary supplies before she returned to her home.  Would you believe that respiratory masks were sold out everywhere??? People here snatched them all up when they heard of the need for them in affected areas and were sending them by the truckload.  Thankfully for me, a kind-hearted stranger donated a mask to my mom so she would be safe to return home.

{via Santa Rosa Firestorm Update}

 

This recent disaster really got me thinking about how much strength we have, both as individuals and as a community, not to mention as a nation.  We have the ability to overcome and persevere through the most challenging of situations.  So today, with this in mind, I’m sharing one of my favorite inspirational quotes with you.  This is a FREE graphic that you can click, save, and then print at whatever size you choose, up to an 8×10.

For those interested in helping victims of the fire, please consider donating to the Redwood Credit Union, a local non-profit organization where 100% of your tax-deductible donations go to help victims of the Northern California wildfires.  For more information, you can visit them HERE.

 

We are NorCal Strong and yes, the love in the air is thicker than the smoke.

 

 

For more free printables, you can sign up to receive updates HERE and gain access to all free printables.

 

 

 

 

 

P.S. – My mom’s home is near an active fire, so she has not yet been allowed back home.  The brave men and women that continue to battle this blaze day and night will forever have my gratitude.

 

 

 

Free Fall Printable – Grateful & Blessed

Today I’m sharing a free Fall printable with you that I recently made for my guest bedroom.  While I decorated other rooms for Fall {tour HERE}, I haven’t updated my guest room in a while, so to give it a bit of a Fall touch, I made a print that I could frame and display in the hutch.  And then as a bonus for YOU, I made 9 more!

Fall printable is styled bookshevles

 

I’m a sucker for hydrangea and peonies {real, fake, dried, digital – you name it, I love ’em!}, so I decided to create just a small grouping of flowers, along with feathers, leaves, and other stems.  I love the mix of blues, greens, and pinks because it’s feminine without being froo froo {does anyone still use that word??}.

Grateful and blessed free fall printable

 

The digital download is sized as an 8×10, but you can shrink it down to fit your needs.  I printed it full-size and placed it in a wooden frame, tucked away next to some books and ironstone…

Styled bookshelf with vintage books, ironstone and free fall printable

 

While not a huge change, I like the subtle hint of Fall in this room.

Fall French style guest bedroom with twin beds

 

For those that already subscribe to receive new posts via email, you can go directly to my Free Printables section to download {remember, the password is at the bottom of emails you receive from me}.  If you’re not already a subscriber, simply sign up HERE and once confirmed, you’ll have access.

Styled bookshelf with free fall printable

 

Free fall printable Grateful and Blessed from Tidbits&Twine

 

Plus, over the weekend, I created several other Fall printables for you!  All 10 of the Fall graphics below are available to you for your personal use in the Free Printables section of my site.

10 Free Fall Printables from Tidbits&Twine

 

If you download and use these, please send me pics!  I’d love to see how you’ve used them in your home. :)

 

 

 

 

 

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