Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Knock-off Aidan Gray Chandelier

Ever since I first started seeing the Aidan Gray Chandeliers popping up on decor sites and in the mags, I've loved the antique-look of them.  They have delicate, spindly arms with iron and gray/white distressed finishes.  They look like something you picked up in a flea market in France or Italy.  What I love about them is that they can go with many different styles.  I've seen them in the fancier Italian or ornate rooms to cottage to shabby chic to french country to vintage.  They have visual punch without being overly heavy.
Cote de Texas
Cote de Texas
There are other versions of turned wood and metal by other makers and different styles.
via cote de texas
via pure style home
11 magnolia lane
in the fun lane
Restoration Hardware
Tami owen
They range from $3000 to around $1400 for the Aidan Gray ones.  While the Aidan Gray are considered "reasonably priced" that's still about $1000 above what I could ever spend.  I really wanted one for my newly redecorated den, so I looked for some alternatives.
This Low-priced Option  is $400 and my Mom got it for closer to $300 on Cyber Monday.
Salento 9-light by Quorum
This one is $300:
Salento 6-light by Quorum
And then I found my budget one: $110 (I used a discount coupon and got it for $90!)
Cost Plus World Market
 Yup, that's my price for this project!  It had the smaller scale I needed for this room and the spindly arms so that it didn't hog the room visually.
(messy desk, sorry.  The teens are in the middle of finals.)
The one down to this light is that it has this ugly black wiring that is just plain weird.  It sticks out way too much.  Luckily, I only have a few inches of it showing.  If I were to use this as a dining light, I'd either paint the black wire or use a cloth cord cover.
Lovely holes, huh?  The builder didn't put in any wiring for a light in this room so my hubby had to cut a few holes to run wiring.  Patching comes next!
You can see the fun gray distressed finish.
I'm very happy with this finishing touch for our den.  Patch the ceiling holes and hide the computer wires and we are done in here!!! YEAHHH.


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