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« on: January 07, 2008 04:08:51 PM »

So I found this chandelier at the thrift store for $2.98!!!  I forgot to take a photo but it was exactly like this one off the home depot site. [which is about $150 no less]

Only mine was dirty and gross and a little scratched.

here it is after I took it apart and pulled all the electrical guts out.

here are the bits as I was painting them




And here it is finished with some candles in it.  The holders can take votives and tapers!

I was going to leave it hanging on the porch but the wind blows out the candles.
So I think it is going in the corner of my bedroom.
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« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2008 04:38:58 PM »

I love it!  Gorgeous.  I think it would be perfect for a bedroom.
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« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2008 09:52:11 PM »

What a lucky find! And a great transformation!
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« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2008 11:40:28 PM »

excelent idea! i work at lowes and bought one of the clearance glass chandeliers a while back ago and have it hanging above my bed and i bet it would look great as a candle holder, just have to make sure to not get wax on my sheets lol
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« Reply #4 on: January 09, 2008 09:13:27 PM »

That's fantastic!!  What a lucky find!
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« Reply #5 on: January 10, 2008 10:04:27 PM »

wow a lot of work but wow did it pay off! Very nice
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« Reply #6 on: January 10, 2008 10:40:36 PM »

how exactly did you take out the electrical parts and manage to put the candles in?  because i have a few of those that i planned to do pretty much the same thing with and i cant quite figure it out... by the way, yours looks fabulous...
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« Reply #7 on: January 11, 2008 06:44:36 AM »

Well I am pretty sure most chandeliers are done this way.  But there is wiring that comes in the top [where the chain is] and then bundles and splits in the belly, and then individual sets of wired pass through each arm to the bulb. 

What I did was simply take the pieces apart.  I started by cutting off the cord at the top and removing [most everything screwed on and off] the top section to get to the belly.  Then I cut each of the individual cords and unscrewed each arm end and just pulled them out then it was just a matter of untangling the belly wires.

one thing I found was once I removed all the electrical parts I needed new nuts to hold on the arm ends [the candle holders]  Because they had been held on directly with the bulb sockets.

I hope that wasn't too convoluted to understand. 

Oh last thing!  Not all chandeliers have the little cup thing at the end of the arm [usually just the little saucer bit]  but I would suggest attaching a little cup.  I think it would help to avoid messy wax or tipped candles alot.
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« Reply #8 on: January 16, 2008 09:32:09 AM »

So I found this chandelier at the thrift store for $2.98!!!  I forgot to take a photo but it was exactly like this one off the home depot site. [which is about $150 no less]

Only mine was dirty and gross and a little scratched.

here it is after I took it apart and pulled all the electrical guts out.

here are the bits as I was painting them




And here it is finished with some candles in it.  The holders can take votives and tapers!

I was going to leave it hanging on the porch but the wind blows out the candles.
So I think it is going in the corner of my bedroom.


you could use LED tealight candle's. they can be used indoor's or outdoors, the run on little button cell battries. I love them. your light rocks!

http://www.save-on-crafts.com/tealights.html
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« Reply #9 on: January 16, 2008 09:50:39 AM »

thats an awesome idea!
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