One Man’s Junk…

…you know the rest.  One of my favorite sayings is, “Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without.”

Most people would get rid of a fixture like this… and most would also walk right on by in a thrift store. My husband is one of those people was baffled by my want for this chandelier castoff… saying, “It’s a total waste of $6.”  I asked him if I have ever messed something like this up. He said, “No. But there is always a first for everything.” I agree with him, but this was not one of those times.

Here’s how I did it. First off, I got rid of the Pizza Hut-esque glass shade. I did send that to design heaven. Then I hung the  chandelier off my balcony and spray painted it oil rubbed bronze, being careful to tape over  the wires and where you screw in the light bulbs.

As far as the lamp shade. I picked this up at Saver’s (thrift store) up the road for $3. I cut a peice of fabric to size and used spray mount adhesive to stick it to the inside of the shade. I then tucked in the rough edges into the inside of the drum. If you can’t do this use a thin grograin ribbon to cover the rough edges.

I hot glued brown grograin ribbon around the outside edges to match the interior fabric. I wired this chandelier ALL BY MYSELF according to my father-in-law’s instructions, which were perfect. I will show you how to do this in my next post… so you too can proudly wire your own chandelier. You’ll notice when the chandelier is off, you don’t see the interior fabric.

An inside shot of the finished chandelier.

When you turn on the chandelier the beautiful damask fabric shines through. This for me is perfect, because it carries the oversized damask from the entry way into my breakfast nook.

I am so happy with how this turned out. I smile every time I look at it. And my husband has eaten his words and says he thinks it looks amazing.

But what’s truly amazing is the final cost. Here’s the breakdown:

Chandelier- $6

Drum Shade- $3

Fabric- $0 (from my fabric collection, probably paid $3 for a yard, used 1/3 yard)

Ribbon- $0 (from my closet, paid $1 for roll… used a small fraction)

Spray Paint-$3 (1/2 Can)

Total Cost- $12!!!!!

A chandelier like this could easily go for over $150. So I like mine best cost or no cost difference.

Coming up later this week… What did I do with this monstrosity?

Happy Wednesday!


4 thoughts on “One Man’s Junk…

  1. NataLee says:

    Thanks! When I am eating at the table I didn’t want to look up into a boring interior and the added bonus is how cool it looks when I turn the chandelier on!! =)

  2. Cassity @ Remodelaholic says:

    FABULOUS! I love the damask, looks incredible! I would love to have you over to Remodelaholic to do a guest post about this project if you are interested please let me know and i will send you the details! Thanks,

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