Saturday, August 3, 2013

DADDY'S SOCKS CHANDELIER CHAIN COVER

When I went back for touch-ups at the New Orleans house, the chandeliers were hung and the canopies at the base looked sooo bare against the ceiling.  I knew they would look so much better with ceiling medallions and I mentioned it to the builder.  He asked me to go purchase and paint three for these particular chandeliers.  Then, he called me and said the electricians would be there the next day and could I have them there by 10: am.  I panicked, but got it done.



This HUGE chandelier in the stairwell had a tiny, dinky chain and I mentioned that it needed a chandelier chain cover.  So, the builder asked me to go find one.  The electricians were already there, taking down the chandelier, so I had to hurry over to Steinmart to see if they had any chain covers.  They didn't and I was walking around the store, back and forth, searching for something that could be wrapped around that dinky chain on the huge chandelier.  Anything, a scarf, anything that could wrap around that chain.  THEN,


 WAY ACROSS THE ROOM I saw some men's socks on a big wall.  Perfect!!  They  had some really good colors that would match the chandelier and the ceiling medallion that I had painted for it.  So, I bought a pack of three pairs in slightly varying shades and rushed back to the house to get them on the chain, so the electricians could hang the chandelier.
It looked wonderful!!! (thank goodness) The socks were hunky chunky and looked so much better than the beautiful silk chain covers that you usually see.  


This is the ceiling medallion I painted to match the chandelier.  It's a lot of detailed work to paint these, but always look so, so nice on the ceiling.


This fixture looks so good with the wrought iron railing in the stairwell.


These are the sock colors that I liked for the chain cover.  I cut off the toe and the stretchy part at the top of the sock. 
Finally, everything was finished.  I was worn out from all of that running around but, it felt good when the homeowner (to be), the builder, everybody was happy.
I was very happy, too!! 
When you need a chandelier or fan chain cover, remember socks.  I think they're great!  Not sure why we haven't thought about them, before.  They come in such nice colors, men's, women's, children's and are a really good choice compared to the ones you usually find, already made.

83 comments:

  1. Great work on the ceiling medallion! I have never seen that done before - it a beautiful addition to the amazing chandelier.

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    1. Thank you! you can find ceiling medallions at Lowe's, Home Depot and most lighting stores. The only problem is, you have to remove the chandelier to install the medallion. Unless, you are replacing your chandelier, then it's a perfect time.

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  2. Hahahaha... Socks?! Who knew... now I have to think outside the box a little more often. Thanks for the tip. The chandelier and medallion both look wonderful.
    Happy Saturday.

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    1. Listen, I was desperate!! :) The chain cover was my idea and I had to find something! So glad the socks worked out.

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    1. But, perfect because of the socks being tubular and a quick fix.

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    1. Thank you. That chandelier was so beautiful and it had to be more!

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  5. Socks? You are very creative and it looks great. Have a happy week!

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    1. Thank you! It's fun now, but a bit stressful for a while.

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  6. Ceiling medallions just finish off a nice looking chandelier and the socks were an ingenious idea.

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    1. Thank you! A ceiling medallion really does dress up the chandelier and ceiling and you don't really have to paint them. You could just leave them white and they would still look very, very nice.

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  7. I wouldn't have thought of that! You are so smart...and creative! Hugs!

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    1. Thank you! I'm thinking that necessity was the mother of that invention :)

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  8. I agree with the others, a brilliant idea to use the socks and the chandelier looks beautiful.

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    1. Thank you so much!! I will always recommend socks, now. The ready-made chain cover is around 30. and you usually have to order them online. You have a huge choice if you go with socks.

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  9. That was just a brilliant idea! It looks beautiful! You have a wonderfully creative mind.

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  10. Very clever! It looks fantastic!

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  11. Cool, I would never have thought of that. But it looks fabulous, great job.

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    1. Thank you! You have soooo many color choices with socks.

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  12. This looks awesome!!! We would love it if you would link up at our first linky party this Wednesday :
    http://thekoenigscreate.blogspot.com/
    Live every Wednesday to Friday.
    Hosted by: Jason & Jamie Koenig
    We hope to see you there!

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  13. Very creative work ~ Looks divine ~ thanks ~ xxooo

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  14. Well,you are totally a genius. I love this idea. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

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  15. What an Innovative Idea! Who would have thought..SOCKS? Very cool Lynda, love the chandelier as well as the medallion, there you go thinking out of the box again..KUDOS.

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  16. Genius!!! I would never have guessed! Thanks so much for sharing at The Scoop!...hugs...Debbie

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    1. Thanks! It did turn out nicely and everybody was happy.

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  17. What a great idea! I would never have thought of using socks for a chain cover. Visiting from the Wow us Wednesday link party. Have a wonderful day! ~ Jamie

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    1. Thanks! That dinky chain on that huge chandelier needed something!

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  18. Love the sock idea! They look great! I was needing something to cover up a hanging lamp chain so I' m off to find some black socks! Thanks!

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  19. Genious! And really - socks do come in great colors and patterns, and they are already in a tube ready to cover the chain. And the painting on the medallions - beautiful!! As is all of your work - always very impressive and inspiring. Love to see the things that you paint; enjoy your blog very much! Catherine

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    1. Thank you so much for the very nice words. I've really been enjoying working on my blog and so glad you like it.

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  20. Awesome ideas...and it look magnificent
    Over from Mrs. Olsons

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    1. Thanks, it did look very nice and I loved the colors.

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  21. What a fabulous idea Lynda! I too like the look better than the chain covers you can buy. The chandeliers are gorgeous and great job on the medallions! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. Thank you! The chandeliers and the whole house are really special. Soon, I'll show the black and white bathroom and I painted the cabinets.

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  22. Really clever and it looks great! Thanks for sharing with us at TTF this week.

    Linda

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  23. Very smart! Looks nice and probably will give you a chuckle every time you look up for years to come!

    gena

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    1. Yes!! I think the builder and everybody got a chuckle, but were impressed with how nice it looked.

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  24. WOW! What a GREAT idea, really looks good.
    Thanks so much for sharing at Amaze Me Monday!!!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  25. Who'd have thought? It looks beautiful and that medallion is gorgeous! Thanks for the sock tip. Thank you for sharing it at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a great weekend!

    Hugs,
    Deborah

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    1. This ceiling medallion came from Lowe's. They have a nice selection.

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  26. I have an old chain light fixture from the 1940s in my house. I should try this! Thanks for inspiring me! I am stopping by from The Homemaking Blog Party blog hop. I look forward to your visit at http://www.homemaker-mom.com/2/post/2013/08/the-dollar-store-sew-easy-travel-case.html
    Happy homemaking!

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  27. So glad you linked up at Romance on a dime again. Hope to see you this Tuesday!

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  28. Lynda, the medallion is perfect! And the use of the socks to hide the chain - inspired! I am delighted that you shared with Home and Garden Thursday,
    Kathy

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    1. Thank you, it did look very nice when everything was hung in place.

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  29. Congratulations…this post was featured on Create It Thursday #15! Thanks for showing us such an awesome post last week!

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    1. Leslie, I just noticed that you featured my post and THANK YOU so much!!

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  30. Hi there! Found you over on the Create it Thursday features! This was a great idea. I love this idea! I will need give it a try.

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    1. Thanks! You have lots of choices, if you're going to use socks!!

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  31. Bonjour chère amie,

    Votre idée est complètement géniale... merci de la partager avec nous. Ce lustre est sublime.
    Je vous fais de gros bisous ♡

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    1. Thank you!! Believe me, it was a good idea created from necessity and pressure to find something to cover that chain.

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  32. Gee, socks!!! What a fabulous idea! Looking good up there!! :)
    hugs x, Crystelle
    Crystelle Boutique

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    1. Thanks! The colors really did look good on the chandelier.

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  33. I love it! - Great idea! I'm stopping by from Weekend Re-Treat blog hop.
    Thanks
    Angie
    PS – I would also like to invite you to a blog hop called: “The Great Blog Train” –we are travelling to Hawaii & visit our Dining Car for a great recipe! Thank you! http://www.godsgrowinggarden.com/2014/05/the-great-blog-train-17-giveaway.html

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  34. Oh, my goodness!!! What a creative way to get the job done in record time! I'm duly impressed!!! I don't think I'd have ever thought of this in a lifetime of brain power!!! The medallion looks fantastic, too! (Visiting from Pink Saturday)

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    1. Thank you so much!! It was absolutely necessary that I find SOMETHING!! :)
      Also, I joined the party, but forgot it needed to be pink...my bad!!

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  35. Wow, that is just gorgeous! The ceiling medallion is beautiful. I bet it did take some work!! Thanks for posting. I love to see others décor and ideas!!

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    1. Thank you! The whole house was so beautiful. That chandelier was amazing, hanging in that stairwell.

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    1. Believe me, it was not planned!! I had to find something!

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  37. Thanks so much for linking! This is a great idea!
    Have a great Monday!
    Isabelle

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    1. You can choose any color you might dream of if you use socks.

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  38. Wow! That is an amazing chandelier! Amazing :)

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    1. It was huge and looked so beautiful in the stairwell.

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  39. Very clever solution! Looks fantastic! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,
    Kathy

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    1. I was in a panic. So glad I saw these socks across the room :)

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  40. The medallions are beautiful! Thanks for sharing!
    Sherry

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    1. If you paint them, they do look fancy. But, if you just paint them your ceiling color, they still look really nice.

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