Thursday, June 23, 2016

A Nursery Fit for a Princess

So if you haven't guessed it yet by the title of this post (or if you don't follow my Instagram or facebook) then I'll just come  right out and say it: We're expecting our second little one! And it's a...

So what comes with the arrival of a new baby besides joy, new clothes and sleepless nights? Why a new bedroom of course!

Ever since I dreamed of having children I knew that if I had a girl I would go all out (well as much as I could ;) with decorating her room. With this little lady I have lots of big plans including, but not limited to, a chandelier. When Homdox contacted me with a review opportunity for one of their products I went through their site and lo and behold they had some beautiful crystal chandeliers. I couldn't believe my luck!

I chose a smaller 3 light chandelier over the bigger 5 light chandeliers they have since it's for a bedroom in lieu of the typical large dining room a chandelier goes in. When I received my happy mail we immediately set to work taking down the old, ugly construction grade brass light fixture.

I'm so glad to get rid of another piece of brass construction grade ugliness from our house.

When we opened the box for the chandelier it was very neatly packed in individual sections. Cory said he'd be able to put it up in no time so we got out the directions, which were about as helpful as Ikea directions with only numbered parts of where to put the crystals on the chandelier. We got all the pieces out and unfortunately the metal crossbar for hanging the light fixture was far too small to fit our standard electrical junction box in the ceiling. So scratch the, in no time part, of putting up the chandelier.

After we bought a crossbar that would work at our local hardware store Cory got to work. Now Cory is no stranger to putting up light fixtures since he is a landlord and owns multiple properties but he said this fixture was a first for him in regard to the wires.

The wires were all clear, in electrical speak this means there was no indication of polarity (+/-), which at the very least may shorten the bulb life. This is yet to be seen. Cory says he's never seen anything electrical period that showed no indication of polarity.

After Cory did his part I had to put all the crystals on the chandelier, which I didn't really mind although it did take a good 15 minutes. I believe for the affordable cost of $56.88, compared to hundreds that you could spend on similar looking chandeliers, that it is well worth the time and effort to assemble.

I absolutely love how beautiful this chandelier is. It really adds a touch of elegance to the room and our daughter will be able to use it for many, many years (or until we move, whichever comes first).

Now, of course I need to complete the rest of the room, which is currently my son's room. Yes, I'm sure you're thinking I'm nuts moving my son out of his room but I figured it would be the easiest to put our new baby in his room since it's already set up like a nursery complete with the crib/toddler bed and the walls are a pale green color that I chose to use for a boy or a girl when I was pregnant with my son.

I now have two bedrooms to DIY my way through by this fall...I guess I better get started! I really am a glutton for punishment of the DIY kind.

Here's a glimpse into the design palette for the baby girls room. I have quite a few projects that I will be blogging about for her room as well as Jackson's new big boy room so stay tuned ;). I'm also hoping to complete the kid's bathroom in the very near future so I can finally cross that room off the list.
Until the next time!


Disclaimer: I received the crystal chandelier complimentary from Homdox. However all opinions expressed are my own and 100% true. Please see my disclosure policy for more info.


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