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.

DIY paint stick cage chandelier

How To Re-Make A Cage Chandelier

1.  First I started by removing the glass pieces and taking the chandelier apart.

chandelier before
wood chandelier

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.

DIY wood chandelier

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.

DIY paint stick chandelier

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.

paint stick chandelier

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.

DIY paint stick light

6.  I used a drill press to add two more holes to each side of the chandelier top and bottom.

wood cage light

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.

paint stick bird cage chandelier

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.

cage chandelier

I love the brown gray wood paired with the oil rubbed bronze metal.

cage wood chandelier

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.

DIY wood chandelier

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.

cage chandelier wood
DIY cage chandelier

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  1. Well done, Beckie! I love outdated chandelier transformations. I’ve been on the hunt for one for our entry way, I may just have to make something similar to this!

  2. Hi! I just found you through GH with your laundry dresser. I love you! Yard sticks remind me of my grandpa and I would love to copy some of your ideas in my home. I just adore your style. Gotta run, have to keep pouring over your site. Thank you!

  3. Yay!!! So glad you found me, Kelly! I would love to know if you do use some of my tutorials and see what you make for your home. 🙂

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