Chandelier Make Over

I have always hated my chandelier with its’ 1980’s glassware and a black metal frame with red tips where the lights go. Funny as it is, the “flippers” of our house painted the tips red, of course to match the pea soup green that creates our kitchen walls. As I think about it, there isn’t much that I like about my kitchen.

Tile counter tops, chipped cabinets, old oven, an useless dishwasher and don’t forget the penis. Yes, I said penis. One of the cabinet’s wood grain looks like a penis, I shit you not. I’m planning to paint my cabinets, but I’m afraid that the penis will stay. It’s a nice icebreaker for new guest and it’s just plain funny to say that you have a penis on your cabinet door. Anyway…back to my current project.

I dislike most of my kitchen, therefore; I’m going to spend my off time, trying to make it my own. Of course, we don’t have much money, so everything I’m trying to do will be money savvy. How will I make this on-going kitchen remodel under a middle class California wages? By NOT tearing out my cabinets and putting in new ones, adding a nice and accurate oven or putting in my dream granite and quartz crystal counter-tops. Instead I use some stripper, paint and new hardware. Today, we’re starting with the chandelier.

Hang the yarn balls from the metal frame

Hang the yarn balls from the metal frame

My husband and I still haven’t picked out colors for the kitchen, but that didn’t stop me from messing with the idea of a new chandelier.  Just ask my mother, I had already picked out a new one at Home Depot after about a month of living in our new house. The chandelier and myself have had many arguments and many agreements in the past 5 years, finally we both needed some change.

A few Christmas’s ago, I had hung some ornaments with some garland from the chandelier and I thought it look quite nice. A few days ago, the “Bubble Chandelier” made its way onto my computer and how you can make it at home. Bringing my Christmas memory back and this new idea of a Bubble chandelier was fantastic! I loved the idea of objects floating around and catching the light with each twirl. The bubble idea was even better! Who doesn’t like bubbles? Sadly, it’s April and there are NO bubble like ornaments around and I wasn’t going to purchase them off of Amazon. Plan B was put into effect.

 

The glue and the balloons to the size that I want to create my hanging yarn balls.

The glue and the balloons to the size that I want to create my hanging yarn balls.

I don’t understand how Plan B was actually formed in my head but it was similar to this…

  1. Go to hobby store
  2. Look around for ideas
  3. *Bing* Yarn balls
  4. I have Elmers Glue!- Score!
  5. Threw away all of my yarn- Damn it
  6. I shall make a yarn ball chandelier

The glue and the balloons to the size that I want to create my hanging yarn balls.Ok, stop laughing, I know it’s a dumb name but can you think of a better one? Huh? I was thinking of Italy’s back country, or even Napa’s. Warm, earthy, sun rays hitting you in the eye causing a few minutes of blindness. Yes, Napa’s county will suit my mental image (never been to Italy, I can only remember my experiences in Napa).

Yarn Balls! All you need is glue, water and a balloon. Google if you would like details on how to make these. In short, make a glue/water mixture (not too watery), soak yarn in glue and then wrap around the balloon. Wrap the yarn in any direction and once finished wrapping, hang the balloon up to dry over night. Once dry, separate the yarn from the balloon  and then pop the balloon. Yes, it’s that simple.

Random wrapping of the string! Stress free!

Random wrapping of the string! Stress free!

Finished Ball

Not too messy, have a roll of paper towels just incase of any splatter and to help with sticky fingers.

 

What I liked about the yarn, it has a rustic look, yet mysterious due to it’s uneven strains. I picked 3 main colors, and one to hide the chandelier frame. You can choose what ever color you like and the size of the balls, that’s the fun of it, you choose. This project is so cheap anyway, if you make a mistake with the colors or size of the balls, start over. I made a few test runs, and found that using COTTON yarn was the best; I did not like the acrylic. The cotton soaked up the glue/water mixture, and left solid lines of yarn. The cheap acrylic yarn fuzzed up and soaked up too much of the mixture and left the ball looking cheap. I wanted precise lines, clear define lines within the tangled ball.

Example of how big you can make these yard "balls"

Example of how big you can make these yard “balls”

Finished outer ring, this was take 3.

Finished outer ring, this was take 3.

The chandelier large outer ring, would be used to hide the metal frame of the chandelier. I used the biggest balloon possible, the punch balloons that you used to play with as a child. It worked great! Sadly, I had to make three outer rings, the first one was due to the balloon popping. This balloon is large, so either hang it or let it sit inside of a bowl but line it with paper towels. As the glue dripped down the balloon (which was sitting in a bowl), the glue dried and when the balloon was moved it ripped and popped. I learned my lesson, but it was easy to duplicate and gave me some practice on what I wanted. The second was too thin, and finally I made a large outer-ring which took abut a whole role of string.

 

I also wanted to give the chandelier some sparkle, adding foam balls with decorative rock. As the many little rocks that I’ve picked up on beaches and in parks, I have plenty to make a few decorative rock balls. I’ve even included some fresh water clam shells from the Las Vegas area. I also included some unpolished agates from various locations up and down California’s awesome coast line. I’m also sure that there is a few jade pieces from the Oregon coast at Lone Ranch Beach, Brookings. Oh, how I have plenty of these gems that I’ve picked up along life’s little adventures.

Random rocks that had followed me home

Random rocks that had followed me home

Clear decorative glass gems, found at a hobby store, is glued onto the foam ball.

Clear decorative glass gems, found at a hobby store, is glued onto the foam ball.

My new chandelier has some added special items attached to it. It may seem out of place to see a sharks tooth reflecting some light, but my father gave me that sharks tooth from a rock shop in Oregon. It’s the little details that can’t be bought in a store, the small ornaments that bring back a glimpse of the past, is what makes a home your home. My argumentative chandelier is now a part of the family, decorated with small mementos and a new idea of home decor. Easy project and would highly recommend spicing up your chandelier, it’s the first thing you see when you walk into my house and I want to make a unique impression.

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3 thoughts on “Chandelier Make Over

    • Thank you so much Amanda! I got ideas! I just need to get them out and not drive my husband insane in the process.

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