When I was looking for repurposing ideas for my thrift store chandelier (that eventually became a terrarium) I uncovered a lot of great project ideas from super create bloggers.
I’m not talking about just spray painting the chandelier and using it as a chandelier but the ideas that totally transform the fixture to the point it isn't recognizable.
And since you always see these types of lights at thrift stores and re-use centers I thought I would share some of these great outside of the box ideas in one place.
First, my original inspiration piece: this gorgeous Glass Mirror from Sarah M. Dorsey Designs:
(Of course if you don't have a chandelier.. you can also buy a similar version here)
The Curtain Queen Creates turned the beveled glass panels of her flush mount fixture into these lovely etched Christmas Ornaments:
A birdhouse is also a great idea, from Christy’s Thrifty Decorating:
These are pretty alternative Terrarium ideas from DesignSponge and May Richer Fuller Be:
Just like the West Elm versions.
You can also get a similar look but this time insert candles instead, by Addicted2Decorating and 4 Men 1 Lady::
The perfect West Elm knockoffs!
If you still need a chandelier, but want to get rid of the 70s and 80s vibe, here are some great transformations:
From Rose Hips and Red Ink. She transformed it using PAPER:
And here it gets a traditional lantern look on 320 Sycamore:
A Pottery Barn Inspired version from Remodelaholic (yes, seriously, this was an 80s brass and beveled glass ‘before’):
Here Beckie replaced the glass with paint sticks:
Can you believe this is made out of rope and HULA HOOPS!!? House Dressing Style created quite the makeover:
Or the more streamlined Restoration hardware version from The HoneyComb Home:
Or a pretty drum shade redo by Dwellings By Devore or Restyle 4 Life::
Or completely transform the look from dated to timeless via Decor to Adore:
Amazing what you can do with those lighting fixtures isn't it? Have your own upcycle? I'd love to see it in the comments section.
If you have a brass-phobia like I do, you also may want to check out these posts:
Plus here are some other repurposing and upcycling ideas that have been really popular: