Updating a Chandelier.

September 4, 2011

Filed Under: Design, DIY


Kai and I aren’t really in the position to replace our dining room chandelier right now … but that doesn’t
mean that I can’t make the best of the old one! Here is what it looked like when we moved in (all furniture
shown belongs to the previous owner):

The black shades were probably my least favorite part. They were dark and drew a lot of attention
to the white candlesticks. Because of this, the first change that I made was to switch out those lampshades!
Fortunately, my mom had a set of off white ones that she wasn’t using so I took advantage of that and
upgraded to this:

This was definitely an improvement, but it still felt too traditional for me. I was hoping I would just be able
to live with it until we could replace it, but a couple of days ago I decided to do a little, inexpensive DIY fix on
this chandelier until we can get a new one.

Aaaand here’s the finished project:


Alright, so here’s what I did. Things you’ll need:

A glue gun, twine, and the candlestick covers. My covers were what seemed like a painted heavy cardboard.

Basically all you are going to do is wrap the twine around the candlestick cover and glue as you go!

And then put them on the chandelier without the shades and voila! You have yourself a rustic, shabby chic chandelier.

Even though I am liking this way better than the shades, I may still have another trick up my sleeve for this
chandelier. I’ll keep ya posted.

I call this an “update” but in some ways it might be a “downdate” since I think it really shows off the age of the
chandelier. Yeah, I just invented the word “downdate” … don’t worry. It’ll be in Webster’s soon.

- Kayls.

5 Responses to “Updating a Chandelier.”

  1. Magooch says:

    I agree that it looks more antique without the shades…old lighting was mainly “candlesticks”, shades are a fairly new addition. Nice job!

  2. Pia says:

    that’s pretty cool. a huge improvement on the black shades. i’m picturing how it looks over the dining room table. eagerly awaiting more of your home improvement photos!

  3. Victoria says:

    What a great idea! This is definitely a better look.

    xo lamb loves

  4. Screendoorgirl 3 says:

    Hi! I love your blog. I pinned your “scarf knots” and now finally have some time to explore your posts. Normally I focus on only the decorating blogs–I like how you cover all areas creatively.Thanks for sharing it all…

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