Saturday

Chandelier Reveal!

Ok, I am finally done with my chandeliers! It took me a long time to finish these because of some difficulties with the shade. I will share with you what NOT to do as well so you don't make the same mistakes I did. I started out with these two lights from the Restore (they were $15). I'm sure you have seen some like these before.



I found two of these lamp shades at the Goodwill for $1.99. I thought they would be the perfect size/shape for this project. However, the inside of the lamp shades had yellowed and I wasn't crazy about that. So, here's where things started to go wrong. I first got the idea to cover the inside with gray/silver tissue paper but I couldn't find that so I thought a gray napkin would work, boy was I wrong.



I applied it with modge podge and this is what I came up with. I was expecting more of a smooth finish. I knew this would not work so I decided to paint the inside (after tediously scraping every last bit of paper off of it). I started with a brush then moved to spraypaint but neither covered well enough, even after several coats. So, I moved on to some cool wallpaper my mom had, but you could see the paint strokes through the wallpaper when the light was on. At this point I was ready to throw the shades away and start over and I probably would have but I couldn't find the right size in the store. So, my last resort was to use some thick microfiber fabric I had leftover from another project. I applied it with hot glue and used an exacto knife to trim the egdges. This finally worked.  I forgot to take a picture of the shade but you will see it in the finished product.  Here it is with the napkin, not so good... 



Onto the next step. I didn't take a good "before" picture of the light once it was disassembled but the bottom of the chandelier part was completely flat. Since most chandeliers have some sort of decorative ball at the bottom I knew I would have to find something to put there to make it more "chandelier like". I found these apothecary jars at Walmart and bought them on a whim, hoping they would be the right size. After all the trouble I had with the shades I was expecting another problem. Thankfully I was wrong and these worked perfectly! I couldn't believe how well they fit. I just used some Epoxy to hold them in place. (I only used the lid part)



I took the whole light apart.  It's pretty simple you just start unscrewing it and it should all come apart pretty easily.  Depending on how many parts and pieces there are, you may want to take a picture of it so you can remember how it goes back together.  Once it was all apart, I spraypainted it a metallic silver color.  Then I attached some of these crystals from Lowe's to the arms using some fishing line.


ok, after all that, finally the reveal...Most of these are with the lights off because with the lights on you can't really tell what they look like.  I'm going to try to take some more pictures with the lights on later and see if I can get some better ones.  I think they add a lot of drama to our entryway without a spending a lot of money~












55 comments:

Amory said...

you never cease to amaze me. And the grand total for your project?? How much did this fabulousness cost you?

Tammy James said...

They look great! Very creative.

Teri said...

Beautiful!! :)

Sarah @ Hennessey House said...

whhhhhaaatt!?! insanely awesome!

Sweet Bee Cottage said...

Excellent! I was afraid when I saw the first picture, but these turned out fantastic! They look like they cost hundreds of dollars, but I love that they didn't!

Wigal Family said...

You are officially my hero!

Boosie said...

Thank you all so much! Amory, I think the total cost for each one was around $25.

Kimberly said...

No way! You did such a great job! That is beautiful!

Anny said...

After all of that they still turned out perfectly and for $25 are a definite steal!

Julie said...

fabulous! I knew I had an amazing neice! actually 2!

Richella said...

These are just lovely! What a great job. Way to persevere all the way to the beautiful end!

Heather@ My Frugal Family said...

Wow- that turned out fantastic! I love the addition of the glass jar lid to the bottom- perfect!

Thank you so much for linking up with the Talented Tuesday link party at My Frugal Family, which is hosted every Tuesday. Please feel free to stop back in every week and post your newest projects!

michelle@somedaycrafts said...

That is so cool! I'm loving this redo! So unique!

Linda said...

Luv your idea...they look outstanding...luv the PRICE too! Come by and check out my GIVEAWAY and PARTY...I think you might like it:)

Blessings,
Linda

Shaunna said...

so beautiful!!

The Whispering Creek House said...

BRAVO!!!! really great post! very very cool idea! loved it! thanks for sharing!

pk @ Room Remix said...

You did such a great job on these - love the creativity! I linked to them in my post today. http://roomremixblog.blogspot.com/2010/03/creative-diy-lighting-and-lampshades.html

Hope you're having a great day!

Michelle (Three Men and a Lady) said...

ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT! Never would have guessed what they used to be. I loved it so much I had to feature you on my blog. Hope you don't mind...(if so, let me know).
Thanks!
www.windhula.blogspot.com

Ashlee Brooke said...

wow! so incredible! :) I am very impressed and love how they turned out! Inspired to say the least... Ashlee

Liz said...

that is CRAZY awesome! I never would have thought of that in a million years. What a great transformation!

~ Liz
www.itsgreattobehome.net

Carrie said...

Wow, awesome idea and great execution!! Can you share which spraypaint type/color you used on the fixture? I just bought some metallic silver spray paint and it's not doing a very good job of covering!

barbara@hodge:podge said...

Wow is all I can say. I am floored. They look fantastic!

Heather @ McKinney Living said...

This is absolutely stunning!!

Mom of 2 Cuties @ Sprinkles of Joy and Laughter said...

Briliiant!! Thanks for the inspiration and ideas.

Tammy@InStitches said...

I think these are genius. They look so expensive !

Chic Modern Vintage said...

I have some of these lights buried in the garage some place. I'm digging them out right now. Fabulous DIY

Amanda said...

OMG! You are the bomb diggity! lol! Seriously what you did was super awesome!!!

La Dolfina said...

You're insanely talented! I just found your blog and can't wait to see what's next :)
Your newest follower!

Decor I Adore said...

Amazing! Thank you so much for posting this, I see these lamps at my local thrift stores all the time. They look beautiful!

Mrs. DeVore said...

Thank you thank you!!! Carrie, I used Rustoleum Silver Metallic spraypaint. It has great coverage!

InMyOwnStyle said...

These came out great. I love your cleverness with the apothcary jar lids. I want to update a light of my own - this is truly inspiring.

Becky said...

Ok...Wow. Wow. Wow.

A.maze.ing!

Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage said...

Those are flippin awesome!!!

Cindy said...

Wow, that is gorgeous!!! I want to make one! I used to have one of those ugly glass chandies. That is an amazing idea!

Amy said...

Wowie zowie! Fantastic makeover!

Kristi @ Addicted 2 Decorating said...

I've seen your amazing lighting transformation on several blogs now, and each time I'm equally as amazed. I consider myself a pretty creative person, but never in a million years would I have seen those ugly "before" chandeliers and given them any thought. Truly amazing.

I've featured your before and after on my blog today. http://blog.addicted2decorating.com/2010/04/absolutely-amazing-lighting-before.html

Britt said...

I love this! I think I am going to attempt my own version in coming weeks. Thanks so much for sharing.

{The Classy Woman} said...

AMAZING!!

ames726 said...

What did you use to paint the brass? You've inspired me to redo the light fixture in my foyer (circa 1979). My husband will be so happy that I'm not buying a whole new fixture! Haha!

Mrs. DeVore said...

Ames726, I used Kilz primer to prime it and then I used Rustoleum silver metallic spraypaint. I would love to see it when you finish!

danahollis said...

Amazing! I love this! I'm so going back to the thrift store I saw one of those lamps at yesterday. I hope it's still there! Great job!

Amber said...

Whoa! I'm seriously impressed! I would have NEVER thought of that! They look fantastic!

justtherightangle said...

I love that you would never know that they were such dated, gross fixtures before. The transformation is amazing! SO creatve and really beautiful!

Jan @ bobbypins boardwalk said...

This is marvelous and I can't believe that I haven't come across it before now. I would love for you to share this on my party tomorrow (link is already up). I'm your newest follower and I invite you to do the same!

Faith, Trust, and a Little Pixie Dust said...

Wow, I am HIGHLY impressed at your creativity. How innovative! Thanks for sharing.

Warmly, Michelle

Amanda said...

i came across this post via "Three Men and a Lady" and after having purchased almost the exact light fixture at Goodwill this weekend for (wait for it....) $1.99, i rushed home, took it apart and am stumped as to how you "attached" the shade to it. help? please? :)

stunning idea, seriously! so creative of you.

Julie said...

Now THAT is a transformation. No one will guess you made these yourself!

Rene said...

This is such a fabulous project!!! I love it.

-Rene

Megan said...

LOVE IT! I'm featuring this in a post on pb inspired things tomorrow on crazydomestic.com. Feel free to grab our "I was featured" button!

billiemonster said...

That is absolutely genius! I will definitely keep my eyes open for something similar next time I'm at my local ReStore! A M A Z I N G

~ www.billiemonster.com ~

Heidi L. said...

WOW, I can't believe the old lighting turned into such an awesome final product, very nice!

Graziela said...

I discovered your blog today via The Inspired Room on facebook. Your blog is amazing, you are so talented and creative! I soooo love this redo! I was looking at a similar type of chandelier on overstock that runs for over $100. Now if I can find the original glass ones to transform them into what you created! I'll keep my eyes out for sure! Thank you!

Graziela :)

Valerie@DesignCaller said...

Creative genius -- very artful solution! Wow, wow and WOW.
Do you think an "average -to-slightly-impatient DIY'er could do this herself?

mrsben said...

Very creative! They look fantastic. Particularly ike the addition of the glass canopy base.

Re the lampshade 'interior', in event they were not fabric (some shades are made from cardboard stock or plastic) you could have painted them. I've seen it done several times and painting the interior in a gold or a silver really adds some glitz to an otherwise boreing shade. ☺

Also, out of curiosity could you tell me the diameter of your lampshade and its depth plus the sizing specs of the chandelier itself. (With appreciation and thank you.) -Brenda-

mrsben said...

Very creative! They look fantastic. Particularly ike the addition of the glass canopy base.

Re the lampshade 'interior', in event they were not fabric (some shades are made from cardboard stock or plastic) you could have painted them. I've seen it done several times and painting the interior in a gold or a silver really adds some glitz to an otherwise boreing shade. ☺

Also, out of curiosity could you tell me the diameter of your lampshade and its depth plus the sizing specs of the chandelier itself. (With appreciation and thank you.) -Brenda-

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