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Hello Skip to my Lou friends! I’m gail from My Repurposed Life, and I’m so happy to be here to share this easy repurpose with you. Today I’m going to show you how to repurpose an unwanted, or thrift store chandelier into a romantic candelabra. I’ve made several of these and they are fun and easy to make. They look great outdoors hanging in a tree or on your patio. Use LED candles, and you have a sweet lighting source for indoors.
Let’s get started!
What you will need:
- Wire cutters
- Hot glue gun
This is a thrift store find. I got this chandelier at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore for $15.
The first thing you will need to do is to dismantle the light bulb holders by snipping the wires so you can unscrew the piece.
This is how it will look after you remove the bulb holder.
See this little nut? You will want to save this because it will hold your candle cup on. I bent it back and forth until it snapped, then discarded the wired section.
Pay close attention to how you take the chandelier apart so that you can put it back together after you remove all of the wires.
Reassemble your chandelier and use primer to give it a base coat.
Spray paint your chandelier the color of your choice. I used a glossy black spray paint. I’ve made many of these candelabras, and left them plain. I decided to dress this one up a little.
I tested out rope and jute to see which I liked best. I decided the thicker rope looked better. You can use rope, jute, yard, string, or something else depending on the look you’re going for. Carefully wrap your chandelier with rope and secure the top and bottom with hot glue.
You can keep the chain that comes with your chandelier or add a rope hanger like I did. I used black tape to secure the loops for hanging.
You can hang your chandelier from a shepherd’s hook, a tree, or from a hook on your porch.
These are some of the other candelabras I’ve made from chandeliers.
Thank you so much Cindy for allowing me to share my project today. I hope I’ve inspired your readers to think outside the box.
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