Martina sent in pics of her clever renter's fix for an ugly chandelier. She says: ...it's just a little fix I did in my new apartment. The dining room has this hideous huge brass light fixture that I couldn't take down. I got three strings of fairy lights from Target ($1.99 each I think) and an ac adapter that fits a light socket (photo after the jump) from the hardware store. I strung the lights around the chandelier, took all the bulbs out and plugged the fairy lights into the socket. You could plug it into a normal outlet but this way you can use the usual wall switch to turn it on and off.
The light quality is so nice for dinner parties, it's like candle light and the whole things looks more modern and funky then the grandma fixture that's now hidden underneath.
Sorry the nighttime photo is so blurry! Thanks Martina!