I love repurposed chandelier projects. This is the first modern chandelier I’ve gutted to turn into a romantic candelabra. Each chandelier is different, but this post will show you how I achieved this look for no money.
Repurposed Chandelier - a Yard Sale Find
Do you remember this chandelier I recently picked up at a yard sale?
There really wasn’t much wrong with it, I just didn’t really need it to be a chandelier.
Begin by gutting all the wires from the repurposed chandelier
I started dismantling it by removing the shades, then removing the two tiny screws that hold the socket into this little brace thingy which unscrews. (after I got the socket loosened I cut the wiring with wire cutters.
After doing that to all of the arms, I turned it over and unscrewed this piece on the bottom that holds all the main pieces together. Be sure to keep all of your parts sort of laid out in order so that you can put it all back together.
As I went, I snipped all the wires, then put it all back together. While I had it apart, I tightened a couple of the arms that were loose. I think this is why they people sold it at the yard sale.
Don't throw away the spare parts of the chandelier
I tried a few ways to put it back together where it would support candles AND the original shades. This is the only way that worked. I forced the two sides of the silver brace thing into the socket where the light bulb should go.
Then, I then inserted two screws to hold the silver brace thing in place.
I then threaded on the collar thing that makes the glass shade stay on. (that gross looking cat litter jug is what I use to put unwanted screws in. I’ve also scraped stain into it when I’ve stripped furniture, hence the brown stuff)
After I screwed the collar on, I dropped it into the shade.
The silver piece will be protruding out the bottom of the shade.
I then screwed the silver piece onto the original threads.
The socket is reattached, and is now upside down.
Repurposed Chandelier Candelabra
I had some big round candles that fit perfectly into the shades.
So, I hung it from a low branch on my tree so that I could get some good pictures.
I waited for it to get dark.
Don't you think it’s very romantic? It would be perfect on a patio.
Where would you hang it?
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Hi, there! I’m Gail, the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. I’m obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believe that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again—myself included! I hope you’ll enjoy the journey and pick up a few tools along the way… literally!
Came back to feature this on Friday Finds. It's my favorite summer project so far; I just need to figure out how to hang one over my deck table without a handy tree branch. Hmmmm.
OMG!!! you so clever Gail, you should have been twins, lol. This is stunning!
GREAT tutorial, and I couldn't pin it fast enough. I'll be on the lookout for a chandelier of my own to convert for my deck. I LOVE the beautiful night time glow. If I haven't said it before, I'll say it again. You're a genius!
I would hang it on my dock, are you going to bring it to Haven for me?
Great idea...I want one for my back porch!
I happen to have an "old" chandelier in my basement. What a fabulous idea!
Nice idea and I love the final look! Great job - as usual Gail!!
Corn in my Coffee-Pot
On my NEW FRONT PORCH! 🙂
That looks simple enough--even I could do it.
✿ⒹⒺⒺ✿@ A Lapin Life
So pretty! Such a great idea for a garden party or outdoor wedding. Thanks for sharing.
LOVE IT! I need to hit the thrift stores!
Full Circle Creations
It looks great! You could even use the flameless candles so you can really put it anywhere.
So beautiful now. Very romantic. Would look good anywhere.xx
Connie Eyberg Originals
It turned out beautifully. Without the need for electricity it could go just about anywhere.
I love it and it looks like it wasn't that difficult to change out! Love candlelight on a summer night. Wistful.