DIY Waterfall Chandelier

3 Materials
4 Hours

I took my dated light fixture and stripped it down for a $40 transformation. The upgrade took it from the early 2000s to trendy now!

How it all began.

I couldn’t look at this fixture another day it had to be upgraded.

Bare bones

First it took off all of the old glass and ... well, tossed it. I found these cylinders on FB marketplace for $10. Kind of lucky here but you can also find them on amazon.

Creating the bottom shade

I got a wreath form from the dollar tree and snipped it down With wire snips to just a circle to use as a frame.

The spool of chain is from amazon and you can basically get any color that you want.

Now the tedious part. I cut each chain the length I wanted as it drapes over the wreath frame.

Chain length

Drape the chain over to make sure it’s the length you want and use this chain as a guide as you cut the rest.

Secure the chain

I worked in sections after I had a bunch of chain cut. Slide hot glue in about 1-2 inch sections and hang the chain on the wet glue... works pretty quick at this point.

I held it up to the light fixture to make sure it’s the length I want and it was all even.

Paint the skeleton

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clean and scuff up the frame of the fixture. I used 80 grit sand paper to scuff it. Then prime and paint the color that you want! I used Rust O leum in dark bronze spray paint.

Secure the shade

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I’m using floral wire from the dollar tree. Wrap the wire through the frame a couple of times and twist and tie to secure it in place nice and tight.

For the initial attachment point I used a soup can to prop up the frame so I could work with two hands.

I added some paint touch ups because the wire was blue.

Final look!

All lit up and fabulous!

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2 questions
  • Teg
    on Aug 31, 2020

    How did you spray paint your chandelier without getting paint everywhere?

    • Amanda
      on Aug 31, 2020

      I took it down off of the ceiling with the help of my husband.

      I put painters tarp down in my driveway... typically when I spray paint, I allow for 3-4 feet for overspray. If the can is shaken enough then I haven't had an issue with spray paint.

  • Anna
    4 hours ago

    I love what you did to it!! It is outstanding!! So many of the projects look cheap & tacky when completed, but this looks very high end!! Great job!! Where did you get the idea for the chain for the "water fall" ? it looks stunning!!

    • Anna
      34 minutes ago

      Amanda, Yes! That is an excellent idea!! I love the cylinder globes as well. It is not my style, but I love the transformation! And I know exactly what you mean when you said "I couldn't look at it another day!!" I live in a 1930's Alabama farmhouse & I try to keep things from about that period. And, money is defiantly an object at our house! You took something that was ugly & made it beautiful!! Well done!! I will keep looking for more of your posts!!

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  • Denise
    6 days ago

    The base looks two-tone. Did you only use one color spray paint or two?

    (great transformation).

    • Amanda
      5 days ago

      The final finish is all one color. Must be the shadow on the pic... it's hard to get a good photo of a lit light

      I did use a neutral primer... I was still deciding if I wanted a black, beige, or gunmetal finish. Ended up with Dark Bronze.

  • Dpbeee2
    5 hours ago

    Oh yes!!!!! Really nice.

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