Wednesday, October 26, 2011

DIY Chandelier

I was over at my friend's house the other day and she mentioned that they were getting a new chandelier for their dining area because the one they had was super ugly.  Well, I looked at it and thought that it had so much potential so I asked if I could have it since they were just going to throw it away.  She was very happy to recycle.

Before

After

To make this a little whole lot prettier, I started by removing the shades.  Then, using wire to make necklaces, I attached Christmas garland beads from the top to the candles and from one candle to another.  

Next I cut all the excess wire with my amazing scissors that come with that expensive set of knives in the kitchen (don't tell Tom).

Finally I spray painted the entire thing white.  I used an entire can of primer first, then half of a can of white paint.  And I distressed the body a little bit.  The beads bled a lot so some of them still look a little pink, but I'm sure that is fixable with one more coat.

My family came to visit this past weekend so I had them help me put it in the guest room the second they got here.  And here are some shots where it is now.  Do you use Picasa?  The free photo editing software?  I love it.  I have another editing software that I sometimes use but it is way more complicated than I need for most things.






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59 comments:

  1. It looks just lovely! Great job. Dont let your friend see it. She'll be sad she didn't see it's potential! ;).

    Heather

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  2. I am dying to know what your friend's reaction was when she saw this beauty!

    Jenny
    www.simcoestreet.blogspot.com

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  3. I hated piscada. I couldn't figure it out. It was difficult to organize my photos into files. I like picnik. It isn't free, but it only costs $25 a year. BTW beautiful chandelier! you did a great job.

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  4. Gosh you are so talented!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  5. Silly me...but I kinda liked the before, when it was a pewter finish... but the shade HAD to go! Wrong size and color.

    That being said... what you did with it is FANTASTIC! I know that the white finish is so popular now and will work in most homes. You were lucky to get it!

    Thanks for sharing at my Bunny Hop Party!

    xoxo Bunny Jean

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  6. This is so gorgeous!!! I love the beads you added! I have to pin this and try it!

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  7. Oh this is amazing! I'm a huge fan of painting things white. I feel like the shape and the design of something really pops when its all monochrome. Great Job! PS: Saw your comment on Saynotsweetanne.com - thanks!

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  8. Looks awesome! Your friend is going to want it back!

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  9. I love it...has your friend seen it yet? I really liked your feature friday post about yourself. I was like you about wanting a baby now...I'm not the most patient person in the world. Ours are 15 mos apart...a little more "now" than I expected, but a blessing and the loves of my life. I'm a new follower of yours now, I'm looking forward to more of your projects.

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  10. This is beautiful! My friend is wanting to redo hers. I'm sending her here!

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  11. Oh my goodness--does not even look like the same chandelier..looks so so much better! That is really inspiring.

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  12. Wow, amazing transformation! I would love a chandelier in our room, we are stuck with a ceiling fan, ugh! :(

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  13. Wow, what a transformation! Looks great :) Laurel@chippingwithcharm

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  14. Beautiful transformation... Love it :)) Would LOVE for you to share this at my Pin'Inspirational Thursday linky party if you dont mind pweeease :))-- TY,, http://theartsygirlconnection.blogspot.com/2011/10/pininspirational-thursdays-linky-party_26.html

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  15. You did a great job! What a transformation...I would never have thought to add the beads. Thank you for sharing!

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  16. Great makeover! I am in need a new one for my dining room...This may be an option...it looks fantastic!

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  17. Wow, what a difference! I just did one myself and used beads too. You really did a fantastic job...sooo pretty!!

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  18. YAHOO!!! I have one just waiting to be redone...your inspiration has entered my world at just the PERFECT time!! It's FABULOUS!!

    Deborah (happily visiting from http://upcyclingmylife.blogspot.com...hope you'll stop by too...)

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  19. Great recycle! Does your friend wish she would've thought of that? I love the new look!

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  20. This turned out beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

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  21. I guarantee she'll want it back! :)

    Thank you so much for linking this wonderful project up!

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  22. So much prettier! I love the addition of the pearls.

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  23. Gorgeous!! Such a lucky treasure!! Great job turning it from drab to ab.

    Ruth

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  24. Oh I love it! The beads add such a classic touch!
    I'd love for you to link up to my very first Fresh Friday Link Party!
    http://www.releasemecreations.com/2011/10/fresh-fridays-link-party.html
    -Maureen

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  25. Beautiful transformation. Your chandie looks gorgeous now!

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  26. WHAT a fabulous transformation! Thank you for sharing and linking to Wicked Awesome Wednesday!

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  27. Wow--amazing!! I wouldn't have seen the potential in the original one. Love what you did!

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  28. I've been wanting to do this to my dinningroom light. Thanks for the great pictures, I'm so inspired now.

    Buffie
    http://papercuts4u.blogspot.com/

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  29. great transformation! Sometimes my friends think I'm crazy with the things I buy/bring home. They don't see the potential that a can of spray paint can bring! :-)

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  30. This is great! My husband and I were just discussing buying two for our bedroom...you've just given me inspiration to make our own! Thanks!

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  31. I love this, I want one so bad! You did a great job!

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  32. It looks beautiful! I love 'recycling' like that... a can of spray paint has transformed many an old thing into a new beauty!

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  33. I bet your friend is jealous now! hehe I love what you did. Creativity and an open can go a long way! I picked up an old chandelier recently that I'm going to beautify too.

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  34. What a terrific transformation! You did such a nice job! Thanks for linking this project to Potpourri Friday!

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  35. Wow, you did an outstanding job ... it looks fabulous! And, I bet your friend wants her chandie back now. LOL *Becca* (new follower by way of Coastal Charm)

    www.adventuresindecorating1.blogspot.com

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  36. Turned out beautiful! Thanks so much for linking up to Your Whims Wednesday, I featured you this week! Come on by and grab a button :) http://mygirlishwhims.blogspot.com/2011/11/your-whims-wednesday-31-and-features.html

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  37. Beautiful! I have one waiting to be prettyfied in my basement but I haven't been brave enough yet. This is gorgeous, great job!

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  38. Ohhhh my goodness my friend! That is too cool! I can't even believe they are the same lamps! You rock! Thanks so much for the inspiration!
    Jaime

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  39. Wow! Please come share this at the Weekend Warrior, I love it!

    Anna
    www.askannamoseley.com

    http://www.askannamoseley.com/2011/10/weekend-warrior-28-winners.html

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  40. This looks awesome! I love re-doing the chandeliers. I just finished one myself, it just needs to be installed.

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  41. Looks amazing. Mine is ugly, maybe I'll just have to fix it.

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  42. Looks awesome! So glad you recycled it. Love the beads!

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  43. That is so amazing; beautiful transformation! I found you on Your Whims Wednesday. I'm your new follower, would a love a visit when you have a chance. http://decoratingwcents.blogspot.com

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  44. We're kindred spirits! I like to stalk my neighbor's throw-away light fixtures too! ;D You did a great job.

    Warmly, Michelle

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  45. This is fabulous! I spied your link on Confessions of a SAHM's link party. Beautiful. You've given me the inspiration to turn my old chandelier into something more spectacular! Thanks for sharing!

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  46. I love how that turned out! Thank you for joining the Home Sweet Home party!
    Sherry

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  47. I LOVE your chandelier, and the beads really, really make it!
    gail
    ps catching you this week

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  48. Love how it came out- it's darling!!! Thank you for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday!

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  49. This is a beautiful up-cycle idea. I absolutely love the turnout! It would look so perfect in a girly-girl little lady's bedroom! (maybe even better in pink) I'm sure it looks amazing in your home!

    (visiting from Southern Institute's Creative Me Monday)

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  50. What a remarkable transformation! Christmas beads!!! Wow!

    Shared this on FJI Facebook and pinned for SNS 115. :)

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150554877596141&set=a.192514281140.164586.175378011140&type=1&theater

    Donna

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  51. Very, very nice! So has your friend asked for her chandelier back? :) Now I need to make sure my mom doesn't get rid of the gorgeous crystal chandelier she has had for years. I never thought I could make it work but am realizing I was so wrong! Now to figure out how to get it from Louisiana to Indiana... I wonder if they are coming up for graduation??? Once again great job!!

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  52. Nicely DONE!
    I would be thrilled if you would link this up at my second ever Feature Friday FREE-FOR-ALL...going on right now (we had almost 300 links last week...can you tell I'm excited??! : ))

    http://www.fivedaysfiveways.com/2012/01/feature-friday-free-for-all-2.html


    ~Abbie (www.fivedaysfiveways.com)

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  53. Gorgeous! Thanks for linking up! I love the beads!!!

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  54. So pretty : ) So glad I found you from Tip Me Tuesday - stop by say hi and stay awhile:
    http://www.willblogforbeauty.com

    xo Kristle

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