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DIY-ify: Chandelier Candle Holder Makeover

Trend: Chandelier Candle Holder Makeover

I know the warm weather we are having here in the Pacific Northwest is sort of crazy and some states currently have snow, but this weather is making me think about summer. Barbecues on the patio. Warm summer nights, eating outside, and lit by candles. Yeah, I’m ready. I have had this thrifted chandelier for a couple of years and FINALLY finished this project. This light was sort of ugly (and the electrical work was dangerous), and I thought it wou make a perfect candle holder. Here it is! I spent less than $10 to make this (I had most of the materials beforehand).


  • a vintage chandelier (I found mine at a thrift shop for $5)
  • 1 can of spray paint primer
  • 1 can of color outdoor metal spray paint
  • E-6000 Craft Glue
  • glass tea light holders
  • candles
  • Optional: 1 can of clear glossy acrylic sealer 
  • You may need: pliers, wire cutters, and a screwdriver


STEP 1: 
The first step is to find the perfect chandelier. You really don’t have to spend a ton of money to find one. Head to a local thrift shop and search the lighting for an old chandelier.

Remove the electrical parts and wiring from the chandelier. I needed pliers, wire cutters, and a screwdriver to remove the wires from my chandelier.

If you can, take the chandelier apart. It’s it’s dirty, clean it with some soap and water and let it dry completely.

In a well ventilated area (wearing goggles and a mask), spray a coat of primer onto the chandelier. Following the directions on the back of the spray cans, apply the color paint onto the chandelier. When the paint is completely covered, I suggest applying a coat of clear acrylic sealer. It should help protect your chandelier candle holder outside.

Use the glue to attach the glass votives to the chandelier. Let the paint and glue dry for over 24 hours.

Now that your candle chandelier is done, hang it outside! I recommend taking this candle holder indoors during rain, so it will last longer. Enjoy!


- Chelsey, The Paper Mama

From My Home To Yours: Chandeliers

When it comes to decorating or redesigning a room in my house, one of my favorite things to choose for the space is the ceiling light. From chandeliers to pendants, I’m constantly searching for gorgeous light fixtures. Each season all of my favorite stores seem to come out with new fixtures, and they are one of the first things I check out when a new line is launched.

I decided to focus on light fixtures today because I’m on the hunt for a fabulous new chandelier for my master bedroom. I’m working on a little redesign project and need the perfect piece to make the room come together. In my opinion, a light fixture can really make or break a space.

After finding lots of beautiful fixtures for other rooms in my home, the pressure is on to come up with something equally wonderful for my bedroom. Here are some of my current favorites. And, if you’re following along with my bedroom makeover, you may just see one of these fixtures show up in my space.

Which of these chandeliers do you love the most? What’s your favorite home decor item to shop for?

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Happy Decorating!
Michael Wurm, Jr. – Inspired by Charm

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