January 26, 2011

Shabby Chandelier

Taking a very average thrift store light fixture and transforming it into the perfect romantic shabby chandelier to sell in my booth.

These light fixtures are easy to find

I gave it a spray of heirloom white.

 I usually cover the shades with fabric, but I found these perfect faux raw silk looking shades and decided all they needed was a little shabby rose treatment.

I used some paper flowers I found in the craft store bridal section then cut scraps of fabric and lace in oval shapes.

Here is the big tip.....get your hands wet/damp and then take the whole pile of fabrics, scrunch and roll it up in your hands

This will give you a pile of perfectly frayed and shabby fabrics.  I used the scissors and poke a hole in the center of the fabric pieces then pushed the wire stem from the paper rose through the pieces of fabric.

Of course we can't call it a chandelier until we hang some crystals

I used a jewelry making double cup connector and a dab of glue to attach the crystals, more on buying and attaching crystals HERE and HERE

I sell these in my booth for $50-$65 depending on how many arms, the shades, and how crazy I go with the crystals.  These are good sellers and usually go within a week.

Still Not sold UURRGHH!     
                             I hope your having a great week!
                   Happy Creating!


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Pattie said...

OH, this is so cute, you are very talented. Happy Wed. That poor table I have one just like it.


Allyson Pecilunas said...

Looks so pretty! Awesome job!!

⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜ said...

That is super! I like the fabric tip too. How is that table doing? Still there? I know it was as of the pet party....just don't understand it looks fabulous! Maybe add a rose on it or something...

Marilou of Lulu's Lovlies said...

That is a great job Carol and I can see why they sell out fast, love the look! Hugs to you! Have a fun filled creative week! Marilou

Connie said...

That turned out stupendously gorgeous, sugar!!! I'm impressed. A friend has a chandelier of mine that she volunteered to paint white for me so I can do the same thing for our tiny entry way. Beautiful and great idea.

Sandy~Romantique Inspirations~ said...

Hi Carol, You did a wonderful job with the chandelier and the added touches I'm sure the chandelier will sell in no time. I enjoy playing around with lampshades doing various things with them.... and yours turn out so pretty. I just love the paper flowers and all the different materials you used to make it spectacular.


sissie said...

Hi Carol,
The chandelier looks wonderful. I usually strip all of the electrical wiring from mine and call them candlelabras. I love the way that you embellish the shades, very pretty.

I bet that little table sells soon. It sure is cute.


Sue@Uniquely Chic said...

This is so pretty. I love chandelier make overs especially the shabby chic style ones. Maybe it's a Mersman curse, mine sat for a couple of months but finally sold over the weekend. Hmmm, maybe that is a good sign for you after all :)

Graceful Rose said...

So pretty Carol, have you ever done the rewiring of these chandeliers? I have one that I want to redo for my new studio and I think it needs re-wiring. I would love to see a tutorial on that.

Nancy said...

Great job on the chandy! It looks great and I can imagine they fly out of your booth.

I still can't believe the table hasn't sold!!



Hi Carol.
LOVE IT!!! I sure hope we get to meet when I'm in FL! I'll want to shop at your booth! It's lovely!

Susan said...

Your Chandelier is way cool!! People in blogland never cease to amaze me how creative they are!

La said...

Your talents never cease to amaze me, Carol. I love it! La

Char said...

Hi Carol, you did it again, that Chandelier is gorgeous.
I have to laugh at the table, maybe it just needs a few of those beautiful crystals and it will be gone in no time. HA. I know it will sell, one day I will come in here and the sold sign will be out!!! It's too pretty to sit for long, Char

Debbie said...

I was about to comment on the wonderful shabby chandelier when I saw the note about the table. I can't believe it's not sold yet. Stick that great chandy on top of it and refuse to sell unless it's a set. LOL

As usual, your work is romantic and fantastic.

Cozy Home Scenes said...

I see those ugly brass light fixtures all the time. I never thought about them turning into something pretty until now.

Who knows what that table hasn't sold. My mom always goes for the little tables first when we go antique shopping. Maybe try piling a bunch of junk on it. You know how people like to dig for treasures. The last two pieces of furniture I bought from an antique store were like that. One was a table so covered I passed it up, but my mom found it after looking at the stuff lying on top. The last thing was a chair that had blankets and pillows piled over it.

Try throwing your odds and ends all over it. Who knows, maybe the next person will be a digger and find it.

PEACHES said...

wow, that is like a giant french pastry chandelier. LOVE IT! So creative, carol. Well done!! I'm working on some light fixtures of my own this week...I'll have to remember that tip of yours!

Anonymous said...

Oh so beautiful!! the pretty scraps and paper flowers just add so much to this!!!I bet it is sold lickety split!

bee blessed

Gina said...

Oh Carol, that's gorgeous!

Designs on 47th Street said...

This is just too cute for words! What fun you must have transforming so so things into works of art to sell.

Oh, my heart is melting just looking at your beautiful cats below. I LOVE cats too.


Terry said...

I think you really made this plain chandelier look great. I don't know why the drum table...that is so wonderful by the way, won't sell. Use a red marker and mark the price down a little, that works almost every time at my booth. People think they are really getting a deal then.

FourSistersInACottage said...

Carol, that is so cool and THANK YOU for sharing with us how to do it!!!!
Amy (Mom to the Four Sisters)

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

How gorgeous! I would love to see you design some hats! You're very talented! ♥

Sommer said...

Oh this is BEAUTIFUL! I'm a sucker for chandy's, I did a pink one my girls rooms. I would be delighted if you would come link up at my VIP party =)


Tammy said...

love this, i heart chaneliers. i have a weekly wednesday party, i would love for you to join and show this off next week.


Betsy said...

I can see why these chandeliers sell so well in your booth. What a fabulous transformation and I love the rose and tutorial. A can of spray paint can make all the difference!

Teri Coleman said...

You've been tagged! pop over to my blog to see my 7 things most people don't know about me...http://rainbow-cottage-crafts.blogspot.com/2011/01/7-things-you-dont-know-about-me.html I do like reading your blog and I have to say I'm quite inspired to try reworking pieces of furniture that people no longer want maybe to keep maybe to sell! Will have to wait 'til I have my own place though! I hope you will join in the tag. I look forward to reading your 7 :-) love Teri xxx

Anonymous said...

OMGosh thank you for the tutorial..your so talented!

Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

Oh Carol !!! I can not believe how much we think alike...I have two of those sittin' on my front porch right now...now I did not think about the flowers and fabric, just the crystals and shades so THANK YOU for that inspiration...it always seems you take things a few steps further to absolute fabYOUlousity !!!!! I may have to drive down and buy that little table, have the perfect spot for it.... (())

Katie @ OhhBaby said...

This is beautiful! What a great job!

Laurie said...

Thanks for the blog visit. I love love love this chandelier! Now following!

Patty said...

Is the chandeleir still electric or is for candles only? Thanks so much for the great and detailed directions. Your work is gorgeous. I'm really inspired!!!

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Patty, I have no way to respond to you except here, Yes these are electric, I leave all of the wiring in and just paint and bling them up