Sunday, July 05, 2009

Chandy Candy

Britt from A Penny Saved

is sharing her creative in-expensive DIY chandelier.

Here is her blog post:

Chandelier Love

I have an obsession for lighting. I would have a chandelier in every room if I could afford it, and when we moved I brought 6 lights from our last house. So when I found this great fixture at J.C. Penney outlet for $20 I had to have it!

It works great in our breakfast room above the table, but when I tried to find 2 lights for the kitchen that coordinated I couldn't find anything. Then I saw this on Horchow's website:

And it was perfect. Except the $350 price tag. But I had seen lamps at target with similar glass balls, and I knew there had to be a way to turn them into hanging fixtures. A little bit of guesswork, and this is what I ended up with:

Here are the step-by-step directions for this chandelier.
You will need:
1 lamp base
1 drum shade
1 light socket splitter
1 set of chandelier loops (don't know the technical name for these, but they're used to attach a chandelier to a chain.)
Wire cutters
Silver spray paint
Chain to hang the chandelier
Pair of pliers

The first thing you want to do is cut the plug off. This is so that the chandelier can be wired, and so that you can slide things on and off the cord.

Next, you want to loosen the bolt on the very bottom of the chandelier that is holding everything together. (You may want to try loosening this bolt in the store before you buy a particular lamp. One of mine was very easy to get off and the other was a pain!)

Now slide everything off the center bar and wire. You should have something like this:

Now you want to start reassembling the light. The shade goes first, then the glass balls. I wanted the largest ball at the bottom next to the shade and the smallest at the top, but you could do it the opposite way, too.

Now you want to slide one of the loops on. I could only find these in gold, so I spray painted them silver to match the rest of the light. You should have a little bit of the center bar sticking out above the top ball. The loop will thread onto the end of the bar. Then pry a link of the chain open and attach it to the loop.

The other loop will go at the top of the chain and will screw onto the hollow mounting bolt that's part of the mounting assembly.

I saved the base of the lamp and to use it to cover the hole in the ceiling where the mounting bracket and wires are. Because it's clear, I traced the base onto a sheet of white office paper and cut it out. You'll have to punch a hole in the middle for the hollow mounting bolt to go through.

We chose to use a socket converter so that the light would have 2 light bulbs instead of just 1. All you have to do is screw it into the socket on the lamp and you're done.

As a finishing touch, you may want to add a piece of frosted plexi-glass to the bottom of the drum shade so you can't see up inside of it. We found a plastic ceiling light tile for a dropped ceiling and cut a circle the size of the shade out of it. It just rests on the lip inside the shade.

Then you're ready to hang the light! I can't help you here, since my husband did this part of it, but here's a site with directions for installing lighting fixtures.

So for around $35, you can have a knock-off of a $350 Horchow light.

Britt! You're amazing! I LOVE light fixtures and chandeliers too - I totally love your version. Thank you so much for 'showing it off'!


TRICIA @boutellefamilyzoo said...

What a fantastic match! So beautiful and inspirational.

Katie said...

That's so creative, I never would have that of it! Thanks for sharing!

Megs said...

Awesome! I have those lamps and now I know what I'll do with them when it's time to retire them as table lamps.

Chris said...

I actually have that lamp, but I NEVER would have come up with that! Absolutely brilliant!

Shelia said...

This is wonderful! Just goes to show you, where there's a will there's a way! And what a great way this lamp is!
Be a sweetie,
shelia ;)

Linda said...

Wow! You made a lamp! That is really fabulous! Linda

PamperingBeki said...

That looks awesome!!

KV Creative Designs said...

This is FABULOUS!!! Very Creative! Good Job!
Artful Blessings,

The Pleasures of Homemaking said...

Looks great and just like the expensive version!


Jen R. said...

What a fabulous transformation! jen

Centsational Girl said...

An amazing job ! I am bookmarking !

Mrs. Priss said...

This is SO great!

Holly said...

Holy cow, that's great!

bink & boo said...

Are you kidding me!!! You are a genius! I love this idea and I hate our current fixture in the dining room...I see a new project for the hubby and I this weekend. Thanks!

lilac99 said...

So I'm planning to follow your lead and do the same with my lamp. Quick question, where did you get the drum shade? Any leads on where to find a good one?

Britt said...

Hi bink, I actually had that shade long before doing this project. I believe I got it at Big Lots for around $5. I have seen similar ones at Target, WalMart, JC Penney, etc. but they range from $15-30. If you're really cheap like me, check Big Lots, TJ Maxx, Marshall's or Ross. Hope this helps!

Magic Brush said...

LOVE, love, love this!!!!!

Debra from Bungalow said...

Very creative. Great job, it looks just like your inspiration piece. Wow

french-treasures said...

What a terrific idea! And all the steps so well-explained. Thank you!

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