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The Repurpose Design Series – Light Fixture

I was so excited for this edition of The Repurpose Design Series.  I had an idea of what I wanted to do and it was important to me that I would transform something I could actually use.  I knew I wanted to have some type of hanging light fixture and thought that I would transform an old chandelier.  After little luck finding something in the twenty dollar limit, I started to think outside the box.  I visited my local ReStore and for exactly 20 dollars found this beauty!  I went from this…

To this!

The best part, aside from the price was how easy it was to transform this project!  Here are the details…

I took this simple eighties fixture and removed the pieces by unscrewing the shade from the inside.  You will need to carefully unweave the cord through the chain to remove it from the glass shade.  I laid all the pieces out and began to reassemble the chandelier.

This was the core of my new fixture…

Next you will need these supplies to finish…


-sandpaper (although I skipped this step!)

-crystals (most of mine are plastic or fake and from Hobby Lobby)

-spray paint (I used Krylon ColorMaster)

metal jewelry wire (thin gauge)

Here is what you will do…

– determine the shape of your fixture.  After some time, I decided to use the cap of the shade and glue gunned it to the base of the bell so that the chandelier would have a classic shape.

– hang and then spray paint your fixture outside

-attach cystals (I made a small metal hoop with the wire to hang off the arms)

The cap I glued to the bottom had a hole so I was able to string a nice long drop.  This project was so much fun and inexpensive!  I already had most of the crystals – so the total cost (including fixture and supplies) came to 30 dollars.  Not bad at all.

There are so many variations that could be done with this project. You could do a oil rubbed bronze, antiqued or unique finish. You could use fewer crystals and different sizes.  Note – I know many are aware, but any time you are working with wires and electricity use the proper precautions.


We would love to challenge you to go out and have fun transforming something old ($20 or less) into something new!! Please make sure to check these ladies out and thier amazing projects.

Becky G. from The Other Side of Neutral

Becky C. From Buckets of Burlap

Ashley from Little Glass Jar 

Mandy from White and Wood 

Jolia from Farm Fresh Homestead

Avery from East Egg Style 

Jennifer from The Willow Farmhouse

Use the hashtag #salvageswagger to showcase your project on Instagram and we will pick a winner to share on each of our accounts May 7th! Thanks so much for stopping by!  Check back again for my next project May 21st!

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  1. This transformation is FABULOUS!!!!
    I just found your site and I am totally wowed by your eye for changing things and using things outside of the box!
    So happy to have found you!

    1. Pam how thoughtful and hope you know I truly appreciate you stopping by! I really appreciate your sweet words!

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