Do you remember this chandelier I recently picked up at my local ReStore?
I bought it to turn into a candelabra. In order to do that, it has to be gutted. I snipped the wiring in order to remove the parts.
The wires need to be removed from the other end. There is no way to pull them out from this end.
I have all of the cups removed, now it’s time to get into the guts of the thing.
Any and all lamps have many threaded parts. They all unscrew. More wire snipping going on.
Look at that MESS! that is why I said you can’t pull the wires through from the other end.
After removing all those wires, I replace the socket part back onto the thread. You can see where I have already started bending it back and forth to break it.
See? It snaps right off. This allows me to reuse this part.
Using that nut to hold the candle cup in place.
I painted the entire piece with 2 light coats of primer.
I then painted it with glossy black spray paint, but apparently I didn’t take any pictures. I sent this picture to a friend, who mentioned that I might want to wrap it with jute/twine/rope.
You can see that I wrapped one of the candle cups with jute. I wasn’t loving it. The amount of rope I had to buy was a lot. So I decided instead of just using the rope for hanging the light, I should use it for wrapping too. I used hot glue – gluing only rope to rope, trying not to glue it to the metal parts.
The finished project!
Hanging on a porch
I generally take at least one candelabra to Glendale each year. This year, I’ll have two. I still have this brown candelabra from quite a while back. I didn’t take it to Glendale last year because it was on display at Unique Creations (my old booth).
I share a few details on this tutorial, and some great tips over at decorating.answers.com. You should hop over and check it out.
I’d love for you to leave a comment there, so they know you stopped by.