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Repurpose An Old Chandelier Into A Hanging Candle Holder

It’s easy to repurpose an old chandelier. Anytime I find one at the thrift store, junk shop, flea market, or wherever, I grab it up if the price is right. The chandelier I repurposed today is now a hanging candle holder. You can make one too. Just take this basic chandelier-to-candle-holder idea and make it your own.

Repurpose An Old Chandelier Into A Hanging Candle Holder

Repurposed Vintage Chandelier

This piece brings a smile to my face when I get a glimpse of it. The glass detail and white paint work well together.

Today is Thrift Store Decor day and my thrifty friends have projects to share too. The links are at the bottom of the post just below my candle holder tutorial.

vintage chandelier bought at junk shop

I got the chandelier at my favorite junk shop. It hasn’t been that long ago and I believe I paid $5 for it…..maybe $10.

remove hanging bracket from chandelier

I wanted to remove the top cap thingy and the wiring. It was easy to remove the bolt. Yey! Sometimes those things are buggers to get off because of the age.

remove wiring from chandelier

Next I cut the wires at the top of the chain and cut again where the wires go into the glass detail. I pulled the wires out of the hanging chain. I don’t worry about the rest of the wiring. I just don’t like seeing the electrical wires in the chain.

wrap parts of project you don't want to spray paint with painters tape and brown paper

I thought about not painting the chandelier but that’s no fun. The glass detail sure didn’t need painting and I covered it with kraft paper and FrogTape.

spray paint a vintage chandelier with Rustoleum paint

Then I used my favorite spray paint….Rustoleum Satin Heirloom White on the chandelier. You know, it only takes minutes…..and sometimes seconds to spray paint a home decor item. Easy DIY.

spray painted chandelier

I hung the chandelier, now candle holder, on a hook outside of the workshop garage door. Sometimes the hook holds a pretty basket of flowers but not today.

votive candles from Dollar Tree

I bought the candles for the project at Dollar Tree. I decided on the blue and let me tell you, those candles smell sooooo good.

repurposed chandelier into candle holder

Everytime I walked through the workshop yesterday I caught a whiff of something that smelled really good. That isn’t normally the case in the workshop. It just dawned on my while writing the post that it was the other packages of candles sitting on the work table. I need to bring the candles in the house and put them in votive cups for every room of the house.

Repurpose An Old Chandelier

Next I added white decorative rock also from Dollar Tree. I bought several bags of the rock a while ago.

how to repurpose a vintage chandelier into new home decor

Patting myself on the back because I did a good job! The piece is so light and fresh looking. You can see my other totally different chandelier-to-candle-holder project here….Fall Inspired Chandelier Candle Holder.

how to repurpose a vintage chandelier into a unique hanging candle holderThe chandelier can be hung just about anywhere. I may move it to our carport or inside. Are you ready to try this project?

We started painting the interior of our house last week. Find our project here…..10 Steps To Prep A Room For Painting | Blue Bedroom Transformation Part I

Time to see what my friends have today. Just click the pink text links below the “before makeovers” collage.

Thrift Store Decor Makeovers Before Photos June

Decorative Garden Stones – Sadie Seasongoods
DIY Decorative Painted Box – Our Southern Home
DIY Rustic Bathroom Mirror – Domestically Speaking
Painted Wicker Basket – My Repurposed Life
DIY Antique Crock – Refresh Restyle
Nightstand Makeover – My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Repurposed Little Red Wagon – House of Hawthornes
Repurposed Chandelier – Petticoat Junktion (you are here)

repurpose a chandelier
repurpose a chandelier

As always, thanks for being here and have a great day, Kathy

Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com

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  1. What a fabulous idea for a makeover! I just saw a chandelier at Goodwill and regretting not picking it up now!

  2. Love it Kathy! I need to find one, it would be perfect for one of my trees!
    pinned it for later!

  3. Love it, Kathy! The white rocks around the blue candles REALLY knocks it out of the park.

  4. I love rescuing old chandeliers. Your rescue is awesome Kathy! I love everything about it.



  5. That turned out so cute! I’m going to stop by my Habitat store and pick up a new chandy (that’s what the cool people call them nowadays).

  6. I’ll bet this looks really pretty with the candles lit. A very soft, calming look you have given this piece. Some chandeliers can be very harsh and glaring and too formal for my tastes. This as you say you could put just about anywhere and it will add to the atmosphere rather than dictate it.