That term isn’t quite as redundant as it may sound.
Chandeliers, traditionally, are as dressed-up as it gets, at least in terms of whole-room lighting. But in recent years, any lamp that’s a little fancy and hangs from the ceiling has been called a “chandelier,” particularly by the staff of the big-box decor stores that want to sell new lighting.
My house has low ceilings, and the fancy crystal-draped classic chandeliers have never been an option. (My wallet has a different kind of low ceiling, for that matter.)
I found this lamp at Habitat for Humanity in Pittsboro, NC. I think it was $25.
I hated the color but loved the amber drops and thought that $25 was a decent price just to get the drops.
Notice there’s only one row of glass beads along each arm of the chandelier.
The little rosettes are plastic, but at least the cups under the “candles” are glass.
I unbeaded the whole thing and spray painted the frame metallic blue. Then I bought a few strands of Svarovski crytals and went to work. I had a big party in June that year, and I was able to get the re-beading finished in time to install the lamp over the kitchen sink.
Since then, I’ve added a few more shiny bits– a pair of earrings made from Svarovski dangles that was too heavy to wear. Not shown in this picture is additional crystal (real crystal, that is, not glass) around the candles. I found the new cups at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Cary, NC.
I left most of the little plastic rosettes off. You don’t notice that they’re gone.
I’ve seen similar chandeliers dressed up in a different direction at Affordable Chic in north Raleigh.