- Chicken wire
- Spray paint
- Needle nose pliers
- Hot glue
As you probably could have all guessed, my family has a love for DIYing. Growing up, I remember family activities included: spreading mulch, staining decks, making fire pits, and painting rooms. I have to give credit to my parents for encouraging my sister and me to help with these little DIY projects. I think it gives her and I the courage to take on bigger DIY projects in our own homes such as laying our own hardwood floors. Big shout out to you mom and dad—thanks for helping Brit and I realize that there are not any mistakes that you can’t learn from when trying something new for the first time… Anyway, getting back to my upcycled kitchen chandelier, I’ve wanted to upgrade our dome light to something with a little bit more swag, and I quickly realized I had champagne taste on a beer budget. So when I took a weekend trip to visit my sister, naturally we hit up a couple of the thrift stores and found an old brass chandelier for $12. I decided $12 was more in my beer budget than the $200 farmhouse light I had been eye at online, so on home, me, my sister, and my $12 chandelier went.
Right away Brit and I knew right we would ditch the bulky old glass shade, so we began to brainstorm what we could replace it with. I mentioned how I loved the farmhouse inspired décor right now, and we got the idea to use somehow chicken wire as a part of the new shade. After staying up late on Pinterest and scowering multiple other DIY blogs, I decided I would attach the chicken wire to a lamp shade.
I didn’t have any other lampshades that were big enough, so the next day we went to At Home and purchased a lamp shade. I had measured the old glass shade, which was about 15 inches in diameter, so I made sure the new shade was, at least, that large. I also knew that I would have to attach the chicken wire to the lamp shade, so I purchased a shade that had the wire that connected the top circle of the shade with the bottom. I didn’t realize at first that almost every drum shade does not have this vertical running wire, which I thought it would make it hard to keep the chicken wire attached (so if you’re trying this DIY keep that bit in mind).
The shade I chose happened to be wrapped in burlap. My sister LOVES burlap. She thought I should quickly abandon the idea of a chicken wire shade in place for burlap. I like burlap, but I was feeling committed to the chicken wire at this point. I decided to sleep on it and to get a better idea of what it would look like when I got home.