I realized something about myself this past week while getting this post ready. I love lights. Hanging lights, old rusty lights, lamps and of course chandeliers. I just gravitate toward them for some reason unknown to myself. Another thing I realized is that I don’t have an outdoor chandelier. You don’t have one either?!? Well it’s about time you that you get one because they rock! But don’t just get one, make one with an old hard wired hanging chandelier. The uglier, the better!
Here is the original that looks so sad, right!
So my thought here was to take out all of the electrical parts and use it outdoors with votive candles. COOL!!!
First step: unscrew the screws on the inside of where the light bulb would normally go.
Then pull that inside part out to reveal the wires. Cut the wires and dispose the top part.
Now flip the chandelier over and unscrew the decorative plate on the bottom to reveal those wires. Take off the end caps which hold the wires together. Untangle the wires.
Now you are ready to pull the wires out from the top. (This way worked best for me to get the wires out without using too much muscle.)
Alright, the guts have been removed. Grand job! . Now you are left with a rusty carcass of a light that is begging to be painted.
To prep for paint, I lightly sanded the whole piece to get off any flaky pieces and wiped it down to remove the dust. Since I plan on using this as an outdoor chandelier I used a good spray primer intended to stop rust. I chose Rust-oleum clean metal primer. I sprayed 2 coats of that on the entire thing including the chain. I then sprayed on 2 coats of Rust-oleum Gloss protective enamel in Almond. To give it a shiny buttery look.
I was ready for the finishing touches. I had these glass surrounds that went to yet another chandelier sitting around my light hoarding house which fit perfectly with the outdoor theme. WHY? Because if I plan on putting votive candles in there, they need to be protected from the wind. So I hot glued the glass surrounds into the holes where the lighting units used to be.
Now my little candles have a home to live in without the worry of wind blowing them out.
I attached my new outdoor hanging chandelier to my tree by wrapping the chain around the tree branch and attaching with an “s” hook.
There you have it! Classy yet cute outdoor ambient lighting by Up-cycling and old ugly electric chandelier. Pretty easy right??? Give it a try:)