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20 Reuse Ideas for Dated Brass and Glass Chandeliers

20 Fantastic Ideas for what you can create out of those outdated 70s brass and glass chandeliers you always find at thrift stores.

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:
Gorgeous glass mirror made from the glass out of an 80s chandelier
(Of course if you don't have a chandelier.. you can also buy a similar version here)

Or what about this fantastic Style Mutt Home Lamp (which actually doesn’t require you to take apart the glass panels!)
Glass Chandelier to Geometric Lamp

The Curtain Queen Creates turned the beveled glass panels of her flush mount fixture into these lovely etched Christmas Ornaments:
Etched glass ornament from 70s light fixture panels
A birdhouse is also a great idea, from Christy’s Thrifty Decorating:
Bird house from old lamp

These are pretty alternative Terrarium ideas from DesignSponge and May Richer Fuller Be:
Using an old chandelier as a terrarium
terrarium from old glass flush mount light
Just like the West Elm versions

Or here are some Garden Cloches via HGTV and DesignSponge:
Garden cloche from old chandelier
garden planters from light fixtures

You can also get a similar look but this time insert candles instead, by Addicted2Decorating and 4 Men 1 Lady::Lantern turned candle holderLanterns as centerpiece candleholders

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:Brass and Glass Chandelier after adding paper
And here it gets a traditional lantern look on 320 Sycamore: Brass dated fixture to traditional black lantern

A Pottery Barn Inspired version from Remodelaholic (yes, seriously, this was an 80s brass and beveled glass ‘before’):
Pottery Barn Inspired Brass Chandelier Upgrade
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:
Rope and Hula Hoop Chandelier Makeover
Or the more streamlined Restoration hardware version from The HoneyComb Home:
Restoration Hardware Orb Light Knockoff

Or a pretty drum shade redo by Dwellings By Devore or Restyle 4 Life::
Drum shade chandelier transformation
brass chandelier to pretty drum shade makeover
Or completely transform the look from dated to timeless via Decor to Adore:
French lantern makeover of 80s chandelier

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:

35 Unique Repurposing Ideas for Old Cribs

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