DIY Outdoor Chandelier

DIY Outdoor Chandelier

Potentially renaming this post to ‘what to do with a super ugly chandelier that doubles as a fire hazard.’

With our new home we also acquired this chandelier that had seen better days and wasn’t exactly to our taste. In lieu of kicking it to the curb I decided to update it and hang it outdoors, as a sort of outdoor statement piece.

If you are looking to do the same, grab an outdated chandelier from your home or local thrift store. This is a super cheap and easy way to add a touch of glamour to your backyard or outdoor space!

Supplies needed below:

Chandelier Upcycle DIY

Step 1: Safely Uninstall Chandelier
This should go without saying but is worth noting. Old chandeliers can be surprisingly heavy and contain complicated electric wiring. Scope it out and ask someone to help before you remove it.

Step 2: Make Sure It Isn’t Worth $$$$
It is always worthing taking a second to ask the internet, “Is this thing that I am about to spray paint potentially worth something?” Look at the make and model of the chandelier, which is usually located within the canopy of the chandelier itself.

Chandelier Upcycle DIY

Step 3: Take It Apart while Keeping It Together
Be sure to take apart the chandelier with the reassembly in mind. I made the mistake of clumping all of the ‘crystals’ together and it took me way to long to figure out which one went where. I’d suggest laying down a piece of paper with the specs written on it (size, #,etc.) for reassembly reference later on.


Step 4: Give It A Mean Clean
Simply give the chandelier a good scrub with some soap, water and a sponge. I used a sponge with a coarse edge to get into the nooks and crannies, which most old chandeliers have plenty of.

Step 5: Let it Dry
In order for the spray paint to adhere evenly you should allow the chandelier time to dry. Consider allowing the chandelier time to air dry while performing other steps, or manually dry the chandelier with a clean and dry towel.

Step 6: Shine ‘Em Bright Like a Diamond
A little bit of toothpaste, a clean rag and some cold water should allow you to get rid of any residue left on the crystals. Please note these were not actual crystals – faux, for sure!
Chandelier Cleaning Crystals

 Step 7: Prep Your Paint Area
I took apart a large brown box in order to spray the whole chandelier while note spray painting our entire backyard.
Chandelier Upcycle DIY

Step 8: Spray Away
…spray 8-12 inches away that is! Spray back and forth until the chandelier has a sufficient first coat. Allow a few minutes to dry and go over with a second coat, to ensure each crevice is covered.

Chandelier Upcycle DIY

Step 9: Dry + Place
Allow the chandelier to dry (ideally overnight) before placing ‘crystals’ back on. At this point it is up to you. I decided to hang the chandelier in our backyard, in front of a window that gets a lot of sun. The reflections add a bit of sparkle to both the indoors and out, throughout the day.

Outdoor Chandelier
Step 10: Enjoy!

Maria Hayhow


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