So this is my first post...I've stalked craftster for 5 years but never posted anything. But aha! I was so proud of this I had to take action. Behold my chandelier worthy of Oprah's house!
i only have a couple of bulbs that light (the rest are all old and grimy) but it does work!
My landlord had this 1966 grimy, rusty chandelier on his lawn from probably years and years, so I took it off his hands for $5.
A lot of the wiring was exposed and most of the sockets had the bottoms of broken bulbs in them. The lady at Home Depot told me before I tried to hook it up, thank god otherwise they might have exploded and burned off my face. Mystically, all of the sockets worked--probably because they were stuffed with broken bulb, and thus protected from the elements.
I got some rust-oleum gold spray paint (around $5) and painted it gold, and I bought new plastic coverings for the wires and painted them too.
On the top part you can see what looks like a really shiny string draped around the chandelier...I didn't have enough skrilla to cut another chain for the top, so I bought cheap plastic shiny beads and put them on a clear string with the occasional larger bead, and it looked like a diamond chain.
Online, chandelier crystals were pretty expensive, about $1-2 apiece. So I bought some at Home Depot, and a lot of beads at Michael's and the local bead store. These truly catch the light but were only 15-40 cents!
The crystal chains were also like $15 each so I got a really shiny 5' long chrome-ish chain at the bead store for about $9 or so. Then I hung the $1 crystals from Home Depot on it.
So...that's about it!
I hope you like it! I love it and my landlord was proud. All in all it probably cost around $35. Pretty good for a super pimp, classy chandelier with a LOT of bling. So posh. So couture.