Hello again my friends! I've just wrapped this project up (ha! wrapped...get it?!) and it came out even better than expected. It was surprisingly easy, and costs SO much less than the popular Jute wrapped chandies that are springing up in stores these days. Doesn't take many supplies either, and a chandelier is pretty easy to come by. Thrift stores are usually overflowing with old brass lights no one wants, but are perfect for this project since you'll be covering the whole thing up. Let me walk you through how I made this little baby:
New Guest Room adventure, remember I want to keep it lightly nautical? Well I thought the addition of a Jute element to the room would help me stick to that, without going over the top. I think it came out pretty swell.... Read on!
So you want to make one? Fantastic, I knew you would! Don't be scared, it's relatively simple and you'll be done in an afternoon. Just pump up the jams and get this project going. First, let's gather some basic supplies:
- A Chandelier! of course...
- If rewiring will be necessary: grab a brown or white cheap extension cord (the kind with 3 plugs)
- Spray Paint- Primer + color (optional)
- Steel wool
- Masking Tape
- In Line Switch (optional)
- Jute! One roll did the trick for me, with plenty left.
- Glue gun & hot glue sticks
- Basic tools to assemble/disassemble the light (screw driver, pliers, whatever works)
- Work table with proper protection (paper, a sheet, whatever)
- Time & Good music
Inspect your chandelier, mind had glorious rust & paint flaking, so I took the steel wool to it until it was smooth.
Once it's apart, clean and prep for painting. If you aren't painting, go grab a coffee while the rest of us do these steps.
Once the piece is dry we can start to plan the wrapping. I am choosing to leave my chandelier disassembled, since I'll only be covering the parts that are still connected here. I figured it would be easier this way, and it was!
The general rule I've found is smooth wire to black, and ribbed wire to white. The ribbed is the neutral wire (you can see tiny ribs on the wire) and the smooth wire is the "hot" and connects to black. So inside your chandelier, you'll see black wires clumped together, and white wires clumped together. Simply remove the caps and connect the correct wires in. Test, and reassemble.
That wasn't so bad, right? Easy. Let's enjoy some photos together:
So what's it gonna be, will you try it? If you do, share your photos with us so you can motivate others to try it - you're gonna love it!
Shine on peeps,
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