Restoration Hardware Chandelier

I am in love with Restoration Hardware! I love everything in their stores, online, and catalogs! They are amazing, but, I can’t afford most things that they offer. I saw this beautiful chandelier and I knew I had to have it. I loved the iron and crystal combination, I knew it would be perfect in my foyer! But I looked at the price…$2195! Whew, too much! So I got to to thinking, I could probably make something similar.
Here is the original:

 Isn’t it beautiful? If you want to purchase it here is the link: Restoration Hardware
Here is my version. What do you think? Is is close? I think it turned out great and all for around $150! The directions are below:

Here we go:
I started with a plain chandelier that I pick up at a local building re-use store. It was only $15, but it needed a lot of cleaning before it was ready

 Yuck, really dirty! But with a little elbow grease it cleaned up nicely and was ready to transformed into a new chandelier.

 The first thing I needed was something for the circles going around the chandelier. Since I can’t weld or bend pipes I needed a different solution. So as I was wandering around Hobby Lobby I found these hoops. I am not sure what they are used for, but they worked perfectly for me.

 I rigged up a hanging station so I could work on the chandelier. I just took my husband’s saw horse and clamped the light to hang it at a good height so I could sit a a chair and work on it.

 Now time to add the rings. I needed a way to secure them to the light, so I wire wrapped them. It seemed to work out just fine. Don’t worry too much about the colors, it will all get spray painted in the end.

Keep adding rings until you are satisfied. I think I added 5 or so.
After all the rings were added and I was happy I spray pained the entire chandelier in Oil Rubbed Bronze from Rustoleum. This is my favorite, I use it all the time.

 Once it is all spray painted you could stop there before adding crystals. There is a version without crystals on Restoration Hardware and it looks amazing. But if you want to add crystals read on.

I found crystals I liked at Save on Crafts.com. There are a ton of places to find crystals.
Then I started adding. I punched holes in the cups things (don’t know what they are called) and added crystals with jump rings. The photo is blurry, but you get the idea.

I used a metal hole punch like this:

I punched holes around the top and strung crystal garlands and added teardrops to the top.

 I strung crystal garlands from cup to cup. Just play around and add crystals until you get the look you are going for. This is the fun part! Be creative and add until it looks right to you!
Once all the crystals are added it is time to hang it up. We were replacing a can light with the chandelier, so we used a kit to help us out.
Another photo:

 And one more. Didn’t it turn out great! So excited, can’t wait for my next hack.

 Lesson learned:

  1. You can buy a chandelier with all the crystals on it and just add the rings. That might be a cheaper way to go if you can find it on sale or craigslist
  2. Be patient and take your time, this does take a little while to complete.


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