Y’all know I love a good deal and a great repurpose! I have a fun and simple project today. I’ll show you how to repurpose a chandelier into a useful outdoor patio solar light.
Thrift store chandelier
I picked up the chandelier on the left for $2 at a local Habitat for Humanity ReStore. These old brass chandeliers are so plentiful at thrift stores.
Gut the chandelier
This is not the first chandelier I’ve taken apart. I’m getting much better at it. The most important thing to remember is how it comes apart so you can put it back together. I unscrewed the pieces and started snipping wires and pulling them out.
Test out various solar light options for the chandelier
After getting all the wires out, I removed one of the bobeches to see if my solar light would fit on the arm. It did! Perfectly! NOTE: see the big brass piece to the right? I decided to leave it off.
Reuse original nuts from chandelier
TIP: the threads of the arm are a funny size, so I always re-use the original nuts that old the candle tubes. The one on the right is original, the one on the left is after I bent it back and forth several times until it snapped off. Voila! I have the perfect nut to hold my original bobeche on the threaded arm.
Spray paint the chandelier
For this repurposed chandelier, I used Krylon Dual Paint+Primer in Oil Rubbed Bronze on all of the pieces. I did a little sanding on the bobeches because they were gross.
After letting the pieces cure, I got busy trying to figure out exactly how I wanted the finished repurposed chandelier project to look. Isn’t the finish of the Krylon ORB gorgeous?
Hang repurposed chandelier on shepherd's hook
I tried it with the solar lights directly on the arms without and bobeches or candle tubes. The lights fit very snugly by themselves.
I replaced the bobeches, and tested to see if the candle tubes that come with the solar lights would fit. They sort of do, but MY oh MY, they are TALL.
Looking for the best solar light option for the repurposed chandelier
See? I sort of felt like Goldilocks. These are too small, these are too tall….
I cut the candle tubes with my compound miter saw, making each tube have a short and long piece.
New solar light fixture made from a chandelier
For now, it has the bobeches and the shorter candle tubes. But it is totally customizable to the new owner. The solar lights could be removed if the new owner would like for it to be a candelabra.
Have you bought solar lights lately? They have come a long way. These will charge in the sun or shade. How cool is that!? How about wrapping a chandelier with rope and using it as a candelabra?
Sharing at Serving Up Southern Homestyle Gathering
I think you will love these solar light projects:
Dollar Store Solar Lights on Reclaimed Landscape Timbers (five tall landscape timbers)
Easy Reclaimed Landscape Timber Solar Lights (three short landscape timbers)
Glass Globe Solar Lights (ceiling fan globes)
Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.