Friday, June 17, 2011


I'm sorry I didn't get this up yesterday like I said on twitter but I ran into some electrical problems with the wiring in the house.

I have been searching high and low for a chandelier to go into our bedroom. We wanted to replace the old ceiling fan with something a little more eye catching.

I found THE CHANDELIER in a small thrift store nearby. As you can see from the photos, it wasn't in the best condition but it did have potential. At $35, it was impossible to pass by.

Step 1. The first thing I did was removed everything I could. I took off each light holder and removed all the old wiring.

Step 2. The CLEANING. This was the worst step by far. I used Windex and a microfiber rag to scrub each glass piece one by one.

Step 3. Used sand paper to rough up eveything I needed to paint. We decided to go with white, so I used Polar Bear White paint and a small brush to carefully paint everything.

Step 4. After the paint was dry, I added new white lamp wiring from Home Depot. Attaching the wire was a little tricky because the original had metal wiring. I decided to go with plastic zip ties. The zip ties worked great to hold the wire to the metal frame while I connected everything. Finally, I finished the chandeleir with new socket covers.

Step 5. Removed the old ceiling fan!

This project was well worth the work. Now the only problem is that our daughter wants one in her room too. Final photos are below. If you have any questions or want to take on a chandeleir project of your own please let me know if you need any tips, or have any ideas on how to make the project quicker.


  1. uhm, dude. i think i just crapped my pants this is so good.

  2. Just visiting from Hennessy House - glad I did! This chandelier is just gorgeous, great work!!

  3. Thanks for the kind words and for stopping by Amanda.