I have been on a little chandelier makeover this week. First I redid an IKEA chandelier to look like faux Sputnik chandelier for my family room.
Next my friend gave me some old brass and glass chandeliers she didn’t want. I knew with some spray paint and paint sticks I could make it something that would look great in my mudroom.
It almost looks like a bird cage with wood slats.
How To Re-Make A Cage Chandelier
1. First I started by removing the glass pieces and taking the chandelier apart.
2. Then I cut 5 gallon paint sticks (9 of them for a total of 18 lengths) the same length as the glass with my miter saw. (I bought of a box of 250 paint sticks a year or so ago for $25 from a local big box store).
3. Using the glass as a template I drilled two holes through each of the paint sticks.
4. I used Minwax pre-wood conditioner on all the pieces first since the wood was pine. After 5 minutes I wiped clean and added Minwax Classic Gray. I didn’t love the way it looked, I felt like it was too light.
So I went over it with Minwax Special Walnut and it added some brown tones to it, while still keeping the gray undertones. It looked more like reclaimed lumber and went with the look I was going for.
5. Next I marked the holes on the chandelier cage where I wanted to add another hole. I used the depth of the paint stick as a template for where I wanted to drill the holes.
6. I used a drill press to add two more holes to each side of the chandelier top and bottom.
7. I sanded the cage with a sanding sponge, then I spray primed and spray painted the cage and nuts and bolts with Krylon Oil Rubbed Bronze.
8. Next I added the stained paint stick pieces to the chandelier cage screwing the nuts and bolts in place.
9. I then sprayed some of the Krylon Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint in a cup and used a disposable paint brush to touch up any spots that weren’t perfect.
I love the brown gray wood paired with the oil rubbed bronze metal.
Then we wired the light up in our mudroom and added some LED bulbs. I still need to paint those silver screws with some Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint.
Now my mudroom is complete. And I must say, it is the perfect use of an 8’ x 6’ space I have in my home, perfectly organized with great storage.
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