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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Holiday Chandelier

You know the old saying; "One mans junk is another mans treasure". Well that's what this post is all about. I mentioned to you in a previous post that my husband is a Home Improvement Contractor. Well he was renovating a dining room recently and among the changes the homeowner made was to buy a new chandelier. My husband replaced her old one with the new one she had purchased and she gave him the old one to take for scrap metal. I spotted it in the scrap pile, snatched it right up and it became my latest project. Here is what it looked like when I first got it.

What drew me immediately to it was the large size and the simple flat lines of it. It was also black metal which is great. I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it. I removed all the wiring and the bulb attachments till all that was left was the brass plates which I salvaged.

I hot glued glass wax shields called "Bobeches" that are usually placed on candle sticks to catch the wax dripping from taper candles. It's a weird name I know. They come in sets of two, I got mine at Bed, Bath and Beyond.

Because my intention was to arrange a decorated wreath around this beauty and suspend it from the ceiling, I needed to think safety, so real candles were out of the question. I purchased 12 battery operated ones. I found sets in sizes 2x2 2x3 and 2x4 they are the perfect fit. They even have faux melted edges on them. I just love how this turned out. We hung it in the living room right in the center. We have vaulted a ceiling in there and it looks gorgeous. It's so festive! After Christmas I will remove the decorated wreath and leave it plain. I love it so much I have decided to keep up year long.

I have been itching to do a project like this for so long. I just never found the right old chandy to pull it off until now. I can't wait to show my husbands customer what I did with her old piece. Gee I hope she doesn't change her mind and say she wants it back! Sorry Robin, no can do.

Thanks so much for stopping in today. I love Christmas and decorating. Being able to create something from nothing is always so rewarding. I had such a fun time with this project and even my hubby was impressed on how good it turned out. Come by again and visit soon, the living room is up next!

Love, Patty



  1. Patty - what a beautiful job - I love finding stuff to redo - how lucky are you having a hubby who does contracting and has access to great stuff!

  2. What a wonderful "save" on that old chandy, Patty! I love how you decorated it, but it will be lovely without the Christmas decor, too! I think battery-operated candles are just the best invention ever! I especially love the ones that also have timers!