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Upcycle an Outdated Chandelier to a Solar Chandelier

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My neighbors were getting rid of an outdated chandelier at their garage sale. I bought it from them and told them I was going to tear it apart and make a solar chandelier.
Time: 1 Days Cost: $10 Difficulty: Easy
This is how it looked before I started on it. It also came with some globes to go over the lights. I am saving them for another project.
First I pulled the whole thing apart and gutted out all the electrical wire.
Then I proceeded to put it back together the way I wanted and eliminated the parts I didn't want on it.
I used Rustoleum Metallic spray paint.
I hung it from a tree and spray painted it allowing me to get all sides of it. I left it there to dry.
I got solar lights from the Dollar Tree and pulled off the stakes.
I silicone all the solar lights into where the lights went.
I let it sit to dry.
This is what it looks like lit up at night.
I have it hanging on an old swing chair hook on our front porch to see if I like it in this location. If I do, I will center it. It gets indirect sunlight most of the day, and direct sunlight at the end of the day. The solar lights tend to run 4-6 hours after dark because of this. If I wanted it to run longer, I would have to hang it in direct sunlight all day.
Our neighbors all call us the "solar house". This is only our front porch. The backyard has a lot of solar lights and solar creations.
Maybe you have a need for a solar chandelier too...
I'll be demonstrating this on Hometalk's Facebook Live DIY - Tuesday, June 6th at 7pm EST.
Here is the finished solar chandelier after the Live episode :)

Ask the creator about this project

  • EmDirr @ DustandDoghair.com
    EmDirr @ DustandDoghair.com Pittsford, NY
    on Aug 15, 2016

    Love these! I just made a bunch for our yard, too (and painted them black as you did)! They look great on your porch...we hung ours from trees in the yard.

    • Chas
      Chas Fort Collins, CO
      on Aug 16, 2016

      Thank you, glad you like them as much as me. Just love the ambiance it brings to the outdoors.

  • Hillela G.
    Hillela G.
    on Aug 16, 2016

    Awesome job! I really appreciated the step-by-step instructions!

    • Chas
      Chas Fort Collins, CO
      on Aug 16, 2016

      Thanks Hillela

  • Melibar1
    Melibar1 Central Square, NY
    on Aug 17, 2016

    This is amazing! Will be my next DIY for sure.

    • Chas
      Chas Fort Collins, CO
      on Aug 17, 2016

      Thank you, glad you want to make one too!

  • Debbie Williams
    Debbie Williams Plymouth, CT
    on Aug 17, 2016

    love it

    • Chas
      Chas Fort Collins, CO
      on Aug 17, 2016

      Thank you Debbie

  • Pam l
    Pam l Newton, NH
    on Aug 17, 2016

    Not usually a fan of chandelier up-cycles but yours is really nice and very elegant!

    • Chas
      Chas Fort Collins, CO
      on Aug 17, 2016

      Thank you Pam, I appreciate it.

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