My 3 Monsters: Wood Beaded Chandelier Makeover

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Wood Beaded Chandelier Makeover

I absolutely fell in love with this chandelier project at Tatertots & Jello a few weeks ago.  I love the cool, modern, beachy vibe of it.  {I pretty much love most things Jen makes, but that is beside the point here.} When my bathroom makeover project started expanding, and I needed a new light fixture quick and cheap, this immediately came to mind.

I started with a small scale brass fixture someone else had cast off and I had adopted into my little family of future projects.  Since shiny brass didn't fit into my plans {and I had a half a can of spray paint leftover from the mixer makeover} I sprayed the fixture gray.  Immediately it looked better, but it was still pretty plain.

I picked up some 1/2-inch and 3/4-inch wood beads with holes drilled in the center at the local craft store for about $1.50 a pack.  I also found the same {or similar} hematite beads that Jen used for her chandelier.  I had about $15 invested at this point so I ran home to get to work, praying it would look good.

I pretty much followed the tutorial at Tatertots & Jello, stringing my beads and attaching them to the light fixture.  The attaching part was not as easy as you might think. I broke my three smallest drill bits in the process, but eventually I got the job done.  Why do they even make drill bits that small anyway?  I'm sure I've broken those same three before.

I also sewed a cord cover to hide the ugly brass chain when I hang it.  It's basically just a long tube of fabric that gathers up onto the chain.  Nothing fancy.  I'm really trying to stick to a tight budget on this project so instead of having the outlet rewired from the wall to the ceiling, I screwed a hook in the center of the ceiling and will swag the chandelier over to where it needs to be.  It's a perfect, SUPER inexpensive solution.

You've seen some of the projects I've been working on for the funky gallery wall in this bathroom, but here's a sneak peak at some of the other elements of the room.

So . . . whaddaya think?  I'm really excited about how it's all coming together!.


  1. love the chandelier! Very cute,and it matches everything else perfectly

  2. Love! I missed this post on Tater's page, so I'm glad I caught yours. I painted a brass-y chandelier a cute lime green, but didn't think to add beads? Now I know what's missing! -diane


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