New Project & Mini Chandeliers

Hello, football season! Goodbye, husband!

That's my joke this time of year because once football starts, Scott works really long hours and I get to fend for myself. From August to November, he's working 7 days a week. Yes, they take their high school football very seriously here! The Friday Night Lights mentality is alive and well in Texas, which means the coaches work very, very hard.

What does this mean for home improvement? It means I have to think of projects I can accomplish myself, without his muscles and extensive knowledge of power tools.

My first big project I have decided to tackle by myself is my closet. We did a mini-makeover back in February during the great ice storm of 2011 when we were stuck at home for four straight days. The organization of the closet has been working pretty well, but I wanted the space to feel bigger and brighter. I started painting it yesterday, but it's going to take some time because there are quite a few nooks and crannies in there. The cedar really soaks up paint, but that's OK because I'm trying to accomplish a whitewashing technique instead of painting the closet solid white. I've never tried whitewashing before, but I like the way it looks so far. Can't wait to share the finished product with you sometime this week!

Here's how the closet looked before I started painting it yesterday. Cedar explosion!

Once I've finished with the painting, I'm going to continue the flooring from the master bedroom into the closet (which still has the yucky old carpet). The floors will make a huge difference, so I can't wait for that!

One final touch I really want to add is a mini chandelier. All of my favorite closets have a snazzy chandelier, and I think it makes the spaces feel really girly and fancy. Right now my closet is neither girly nor fancy, so I think a tiny little chandelier will add that vibe I'm looking to achieve. (I should add that Scott and I do not share closets, so this is my space and can be as girly as I'd like!)

We're always on a budget, and I don't want to spend a lot of money on the light fixture. Considering the fact that we already had leftover paint and flooring for this space, I haven't spent a cent so far. The chandelier would be the only part of this to actually cost us something, but I don't want to spend much.

I asked Scott what he thought was a good budget for the chandelier, and he said $50 or less. While I would love to spend $50 or less, I have extended by search to $100 or less so I can actually have some options. I'd like something that looks like a crystal chandelier, but it doesn't have to be real crystal.

Here's the first option. It's from Overstock.com and is currently $71.99. I like how it feels a little bit modern.


I also like this one from Overstock, which is priced at $64.99.


This one from Gallery 802 is pretty cool and modern. I think it might work well because we currently have one recessed light in the ceiling, and it looks like this mount would be about the same size. The price for this one is $72. Is it too modern, or would it be a cool contrast to the wooden walls? Decisions, decisions...


 This one is more traditional and comes in at $88. It's also from Gallery 802.


This next one is intended for baby nurseries, but it may work for my purposes. It's from Amazon and costs $59.99.

This one from Lowe's comes in a little over budget at $104. I think it looks very classy and I love that it has such positive reviews. 


This next one is on sale at Home Depot for $77 (down from $100). This one also has really positive reviews, which is always a good sign. 


So, do you have any favorites? I'm taking votes! 

Keep in mind that the walls and ceiling will all be off-white with a whitewashed effect, and the floors will be a brown wooden color like the flooring link I provided at the beginning.

Tell me in the comments which one is your favorite! I can't decide if I should go antique-y or buy something with a more modern feel. Help!

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