Step by Step Tutorial
Things you will need:
Finding the chandelier
This is actually the 2nd time I have done this project. The first time I embarked on this endeavor I had found an old brass chandelier at a garage sale for only $7!
I made a few mistakes the first time around because I didn't quite understand the anatomy of the chandelier. I was so anxious to run with this idea. In my impatience I didn't take the time to do a few steps. Not only did these mistakes keep me from hanging my final project it also fell apart midway through summer. I kept it in storage through winter with the intent to fix it this year but it only accumulated more damage . So I decided to start from square one!
Last week I posted and ISO on Facebook and had several replies right away! I am so excited about this particular one (that I got from a friend from MOPS!) And I am overjoyed with how perfect the design is!
First you are going to want to take the chandelier apart. Take a moment to look over how the chandelier is put together. Both times I did this I found that there are a lot more pieces to it than what I initially thought.
TAKE OFF LIGHT CUPS FIRST! You are going to be turning and twisting the chandelier to get the electrical wires out of the body and you don't want these to break in the process!
Take out the electrical wiring by weaving in and out of all areas of the lamp. TIP: Cut loose pieces off at you go so the long ends don't get in the way and make a bigger tangle!
Both times I have done this I have found that the wire cord weaves in and out of the chain then runs inside of the body of the chandelier and then runs to out to each individual light. The parts of the body should screw apart to make it easier for you to get out the cord.
TIP: keep track of the order the pieces screwed on. It may be useful to draw a diagram so you don't forget.
If you cannot pull the wire out all the way (which happened to me this time around) Just cut the wire as close as you can to the hole it comes out.
DO NOT REMOVE THE LIGHT SOCKETS! This was the first and biggest mistake I made the first time. The light socket is what keeps the plate platform secured to the arm. If removed they will not be sturdy enough to hold the light cup which is what you will use to hold your plants.
Wash You Pieces!
I was so impatient the first time that I didn't take the time to thoroughly clean each piece. This was a mistake because the paint didn't cover evenly, it left goopy streaks, I ended up using way more spray paint, and I had to spend more time painting to try to cover the mess. I was trying to save time by not washing but in reality it just added more time and stress to the project. So save yourself some time and money and DO NOT SKIP WASHING!
My favorite cleaning method for most of my projects is 1T of dish soap and 1/4 C of white vinegar and a full sink of water.
SIDE NOTE: I ordered my dish soap from Amazon's Subscribe & Save. The pack of 6 has lasted me FOREVER!
Let's talk spray paint. I have used several kinds of spray paints for various projects and this spray paint is the best! It covers in one coat, comes in several colors, and dries FAST!
Be sure to read the directions for applying, and drying time. It will improve the looks of your paint job. Mistake #3 I made at first was not reapplying the second coat correctly. I also reassembled before the paint completely cured which made spots peel and chip. Even though it is dry enough to touch in 20 min you should still wait 24 hours before going to the next step.
When it is time to reassemble you will want to do everything upside down because in the end you want the light cups facing up.
So turn the lantern so the light plates are facing down. This use to be the top of the chandelier but we are going to screw in the bottom pieces instead. Then flip it over, light plates facing up, and screw in the top pieces. This is the end you will want the chain loop.
The chain of my chandelier was bent in places and I didn't feel like messing with painting it so I purchased a new one here.
Now its time to secure the light cups back to the plates and turn them into flower pots! Take your favorite flowers and plant them as you would a regular pot. Since there are not drainage holes in these pots use Miracle Grow Moisture Control potting soil.
Please comment below with a picture of your chandelier project!