Asked on Jul 28, 2013

Repurpose chandelier

Diane Ditzler
by Diane Ditzler
Anyone have ideas how to repurpose this old stained glass chandelier?? Tried selling at yard sale & craigs one wants it!! So, help me repurpose!
  25 answers
  • Lori J Lori J on Jul 28, 2013
    I wonder if there is any way to convert this to a lampshade?
  • Bobbi Perreault Bobbi Perreault on Jul 28, 2013
    Hmmm. Planter!
  • Kimberly Barney Kimberly Barney on Jul 29, 2013
    I like the planter idea or birdbath if you can place a shallow terra cotta pot tray inside it.
  • Faye Faye on Jul 29, 2013
    bobbi , that was my thought , it would make a nice decorative one for the front porch or better yet inside plant. I love it.
  • Colleen Colleen on Jul 29, 2013
    Would you be opposed to taking it apart, and create a flat window from some of the pieces?
  • Paula barsamian Paula barsamian on Jul 29, 2013
    any kind of plantar is going to get the shade pretty cruddy pretty quickly. glass looks attractive when it shines, and this could end up looking pretty disgusting pretty quickly. It could be converted, but you need someone who could brace a brass fitting on it. Of course, it would take a very very large lamp. You could enven just hang it from a ceiling in your place that needs something. It is very colorful and pretty.
  • Sia@South 47th Sia@South 47th on Jul 29, 2013
    @Colleen LOVE that idea Colleen!!
  • Diane Ditzler Diane Ditzler on Jul 29, 2013
    Colleen, NO! I would NOT be opposed!! I was thinking about making a paper pattern of each piece and laying it out to create a 'table top'. Maybe grouting in between. It is a large lamp...I really do love it, but somehow it just doesn't fit my dé rarely has a shade such as this..but a tabletop would probably work! What do you think?
  • Diane Ditzler Diane Ditzler on Jul 29, 2013
    Thanks for the answers, but I'm still hoping for more ideas.
  • If you do not like the colors but like the lamp, try using glass paint and change it up making it look brighter?
  • Z Z on Jul 29, 2013
    I was going to suggest using it as a mosaic, but I was thinking of breaking the pieces into smaller pieces to do so. I love the idea of a table using the cut pieces as they are. Brilliant!
  • Mary Schroer Mary Schroer on Jul 30, 2013
    I have a brother that turned one upside down and made a floor lamp from it. He also has made a swag lamp from for up over is computer area..... You just live in the wrong place appearently those babies sell like hotcakes the benefit breakfast. in St. Louis, MO. Good luck.
  • Catherine Smith Catherine Smith on Jul 30, 2013
    I love it and the colors. Very unusual for stained glass. The flat table top idea is brilliant. That would be gorgeous!
  • Helen Helen on Jul 30, 2013
    I like the idea of the table, If it doesn't fit in with your décor, how about a patio table. Regardless of what you end up doing, please post a picture of the final use.
  • Maureen O'Donovan Maureen O'Donovan on Jul 30, 2013
    It's really pretty! If the price is right, I would be interested in buying it from you!
  • Terri Terri on Jul 30, 2013
  • Terri Terri on Jul 30, 2013
    Howz about instead of a planter maybe using it for a fruitbowl, or fill it with pine cones and twinkle lights for fall/Christmas decor.
  • Nita Osborne Nita Osborne on Jul 30, 2013
    The first thing that came to mind was that it reminded me of the top canopy of a children's merry-go-round. Could be cute if you were feeling artistic. Otherwise, the suggestions above all sound good. Hope you can find a use for it. I love the decorative metal trim around the top of it :)
  • Teresa A Teresa A on Jul 30, 2013
    I am a stained glass artist. This lamp looks like a commercially made lamp as the came looks brass. I think I see a line in the came area between each piece. Foil or lead came work wouldn't like like this. It is lovely. I have never taken a piece like this apart, I think it would be fairly easy to dismantle. If you take the came off each piece of glass you could consider taking a pre-made clear glass top patio table and arrange the pieces in a pattern you like on the table glass. Clear silicone would hold the glass, regular tile grout (mix it outside) is used to fill in the lines to complete the mosiac. I have made my own concrete stepping stones and used scrap glass to decorate them. I decorated an old concrete bird bath the same way. You buy different colors of glass nuggets or even use marbles to add more design or fill in if you don't have quite enough glass to complete the project. Endless possibilities....
  • Paula barsamian Paula barsamian on Jul 30, 2013
    Another thing to remember is that stained glass is only soldered or brazed. This is not a strong joint and hence the entire shade is not very strong as a bowl or planter
  • KathrynElizabeth Etier KathrynElizabeth Etier on Jul 30, 2013
    Use it as a planter, but line it with a lightweight plastic planter (the kind you get at the dollar store!). I would love to have this in my collection. My second choice would be to line it with an inexpensive, lightweight bowl and use it as a serving piece or punchbowl if it could handle the weight. Your guests would be very impressed.
  • Sandy Chidester Sandy Chidester on Aug 02, 2013
    Why not just give it to someone? If you use it outside, you'll probably hate it in a month or so and then toss it. If you give it to someone, it will get use.
  • Terry Cousens Terry Cousens on Aug 02, 2013
    Glue it on a small table to make a taller planter. i have one of those and made a stem with a old vase and put it in my flower garden it looks like a giant flower. I get a lot of complements.
  • Patricia Wahl Patricia Wahl on Aug 02, 2013
    I would to have it hanging in my living room. How can you not love it.
  • Diane Ditzler Diane Ditzler on Aug 03, 2013
    Maureen..if you really want this lamp..let me know..I'll try to figure out the shipping..& the price will be right!! IF NOT, it's a table in it's next life!!