Are you hooked on rustic French country style? I am too! I just can’t get enough of it, so when a gorgeous antique, wooden French chandelier jumped off the page of my home decor magazine… well, I just knew that I had to try to make it. NO! Not full sized, silly. In 1/12 scale miniature for my little shabby chic cottage.
The original chandelier in the magazine was made of wood and had a white washed look to it. I wanted to make my fixture look even more rustic, like wood and old black metal that had been painted white, but has rusted and chipped over time. I think that it shows upscale, chic distress, don’t you?
Dollhouse lighting…hmmm…as usual, I did the learn as I went thing. There are a couple of things that I wish I had done differently, but overall I’m happy with the electrical progression.
Since most of my lights will be hard wired into the house itself, the first step was to figure out where I wanted them and how to hide the wires. What to do if I have no actual furniture built yet? I made paper templates and placed them around the first floor of the house – that would be the living room and the kitchen/ dining room. To make the cutouts fairly accurate in scale, I printed out a list of standard American home furnishings dimensions and then converted them to 1″ scale. If you need one, you can find the list that I used here. https://www.highlandwoodworking.com/furnituredimesions.aspx