We had read previous review that indicated this would need a complex and lengthy assemble. So we waited till we had a day where we were going nowhere and started this project. We worked on it for a couple of hours and then would walk away -- but in the end it was worth it. It is just lovely and so different.
Wife loves this light fixture as is a bargain compared to the PB light. This is third one I've bought for different houses over many years. Assembly was tedious, but end product was worth it. Stunning fixture with a nice dark brown metal finish. Don't know when change was made, but current product (Feb 2015) is gold with some black glaze on it. Looks like antique brass. Wasn't what I expected or wanted. Unfortunately, I'm returning mine and looking for something different.
I fell in love with this fixture at Pottery Barn a year ago but couldn't justify the high price. I found this on overstock and decided to give it a try. After reading reviews, I knew it was going to come completely unassembled and planned on hours to put it together. I also wasn't sure I was going to like the color. The fixture is MUCH lighter than in the pictures, way too brassy for me. I ended up spray painting the fixture oil rubbed bronze and the candle holders french cream and LOVE it! I attached the crystals before assembly and it took about 3 hours. Best advice there, take your time and use craft size needle nose pliers to really get them tightly into the little "leaves". I then snipped off any wire that you could see protruding. My husband did a few but I relieved him as I am a little OCD. My husband is a phenomenal electrician and did all the wiring and hung it. It would have been nice to have it come exactly as we wanted, but a little TLC saved us over $300 and I now have my dream fixture in my dining room.
At first I did not appreciate the bronze colored metal, it was more colonial american than I like, but once the product is put together and hung, it looks beautiful. It took 2 of us about 4 hours to insert, thread, bend, clip and squeeze all of the crystals into place. Well worth the effort. Beautiful addition to the house.
Bought this for over my island in my newly remodeled kitchen. I love it! I had see almost the exact one more than double the price in a popular department store but didn't want to spend $$$+. I wasn't crazy about the antique bronze color or the orangish color of the candles, but some oil-rubbed bronze spray paint for the body and cream paint for the candles worked perfectly. The price was definitely worth the extra effort to get the colors I wanted and no one knows that it's not from that higher end store. Highly recommend! I'd also recommend reading lots of the other reviews because there are great tips about assembly and installation. That helped a lot!
I put this whole light together before I noticed that the arms of the chandelier have aluminum wiring and the center has copper. Putting aluminum and copper wires together is an electrical hazard! The connections will loosen, corrode, and be a fire hazard. If you are going to buy this light you MUST use specific connectors for joining these two wires and even then it is not the best idea. In addition the top nut that connects the central pole to the hanging loop was left unpainted (bright silver). The orange "candle" covers are a hideous shade of jaundice orange and the inside of the flower bases the candles are in are also that same orange. Just FYI. Otherwise it is a pretty light I wished would be safe to hang in my home.
Very happy with this purchase. It is just like the one I found in another catalog for twice the price...same chandelier. I added an extra piece of grapevine in the center which even makes it look better in our dining room (a mix of antique/modern pieces)
It does take at least 3 hrs to put the glass crystals onto the petals. Using needle nose pliers saves your fingers. Be sure to face the long part of the nails toward the top of the fixture whenever possible. Makes for a cleaner look. We checked electrical arms prior to full assembly to be sure they worked, no issues. There were about 15 extra crystals. Put on crystals first, then assemble, then wipe crystals clean. We replaced an overbearing ugly fan in our living room with this and it is beautiful. Our fireplace is no longer obscured by the ugly fan! Added a dimmer switch and it is perfect for full light and dimmer. We did replace the gold candle sleeves with off white and I like it much better. It is worth the money. We are handy, so there were no problems assembling or hanging, but I think anyone could do it. We used a pipe across a doorway to attach arms prior to hanging. Lovely!