Chandelier Makeover

4 Materials
2 Days

I’m all 😍 anytime I see a bohemian chandelier with wood beads! Then I’m struck by some of the price tags, because duh, champagne taste without the want to pay the champagne dollar. And that is how a DIY idea is born. Look how gorgeous the inspiration chandelier is!

Before kids I used to frequent garage sales and flea markets, resulting in a slight hoarding tendency. But it’s paid off because I have up cycled many pieces from those days, including this old brass plated chandelier.

The power of paint to transform anything, is the easiest and least expensive way to make a change.

Here’s what you need:

•2 cans Rustoleum Painters Touch 2x •Ultra Cover paint and primer Flat Black

•80 grit sandpaper

•1/8 Metal drill bit


•Wooden beads in multiple sizes

•Super glue

Handy husband or electrician or YouTube video of how to install a chandelier.

Step One

Step 1:

Decide where you want to string your beads on the chandelier. I chose to string mine between each light. (Yellow lines in the second picture) Drill two holes on each side of the light plate. (Red dots in the second picture)

Step One
Step Two and Three

Step 2:

Sand the holes to get off any extra metal from drilling. Then scuff up the rest of the chandelier with your sandpaper. Don't skip this step otherwise your paint won’t adhere well to the metal.

Once you’re done sanding, clean the entire chandelier with rubbing alcohol. This dissolves any oils and dust, ensuring you have better paint adhesion. Now it’s time to paint!

Step 3:

I have found the easiest way to paint objects like this is to hang them. I hung mine up under our deck. Follow the directions on the can, light even coats allowing the paint to dry in between. It’s hard to be patient, but you will use less paint and avoid drips.

Step Four
Step Four

Step 4:

String the beads. Decide what pattern you would like. The number of beads determines this for me. I wish I had bought more beads. I will likely add more beads in the future.

Cut your twine long enough to have extra on each end. Tape both ends of the twine to avoid unraveling and start stringing your beads. I have three strings per each section. Once I had three string done I then tied them together.

Step Five

Step 5:

Install the string of beads to the chandelier. Un-tie the strings and thread each one individually through the holes you drilled in the chandelier. Once all three strings are strung and you have them hanging at the height you want, tie a knot to keep them all together. Repeat this until all your beads are strung on your chandelier. Use your super glue to secure the knots.

Once all knots have glue, the chandelier is ready to be installed. Make sure the power to the light is off before installing.

Chandelier Installed
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1 question
  • Maryanne Spekhardt
    Maryanne Spekhardt
    on Oct 5, 2020

    I liked it but it just doesn't go in my home.

    Have you ever done any with crystals or some type of bling?

    • Alissa
      on Oct 6, 2020

      No I haven’t. But initially I did consider crystals and did some research on it. You can find magnetic applications for strings of crystals. If I could remember the website I would tell you, but it’s been a few years.

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  • Martha W
    Martha W
    on Oct 6, 2020

    Very cool idea and your execution was excellent...and probably the best directions ever!!!

    • Alissa
      on Oct 6, 2020

      So glad you like it and it was easy to follow!

  • Sue
    on Oct 6, 2020

    I have the exact same chandelier as your inspiration piece but mine is made of seashells. Now, where to hang it! I have had it for years.

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