Farmhouse Chandelier Tutorial

Look how I transformed this brassy and trashy light fixture into a farmhouse fresh and classy chandelier.

I’m so excited to share with you my latest farmhouse chandelier tutorial. Before you begin you will need the following materials.
Materials needed for farmhouse chandelier:
  • Chandelier
  • Lampshade
  • Chicken wire
  • Spray paint
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Trim
  • 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.

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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.

Thrifty Divas DIY=Farmhouse Chandelier-2I 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).

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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.

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Upon returning home, I lovingly asked the hubs to stand over the kitchen table and hold the burlap shade, then hold up the chicken wire so I could have a better idea of which I liked best. The hubs complied, thankfully he wasn’t too exasperated with my indecisiveness. All in all, my heart wants what it wants, and in this case, my heart wanted the chicken wire. So I took my scissors to the burlap, and I shredded a perfect lamp shade (something I still feel guilty over to this day).

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I carried on with my madness and wrapped the chicken wire around each panel using needle nose pliers. I think I scratched myself close to 100 times—karma for destroying a perfectly good lampshade…thanks, I got the message lamp shade.

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Once the chicken wire lampshade was complete, I spray painted the lamp shade, chandelier and ceiling canopy with my favorite oil rubbed bronze spray paint. I swear there is not one room in my house that is untouched with this stuff.

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I continue to justify butchering a brand new lamp shade by reminding myself that I would save the burlap trim that wrapped around the top and bottom of the lamp shade. I reattached the burlap trim with my trusty old hot glue gun. I think having a trim around the top and bottom of the shade help to give it more of a finished look.



So once my upcycled chandelier was complete, I added “install new kitchen chandelier” to the Honey Do List and a few days later I came home to this beauty. All in all, my beer budget chandelier cost around $25. Not bad compared to the $200 chandelier I was initially wanting.


Do you have a favorite upcycled project you’ve done? Comment below!



8 thoughts on “Farmhouse Chandelier Tutorial”

    1. Glad to hear you will make one for your own cottage, we’d love for you to share your completed project with us.

  1. I have the old brass chandelier hanging in my guest bedroom. My husband scavengered it from my ex sister in law. You have given me some great ideas. I can hardly wait to get going. Thanks

    1. We removed the chain and left the electrical wiring in place. Next, the original glass shade simply unscrewed and we chose to use a lamp shade that fit over the cord and fit snugly on the chandelier. We did not have to mess with any of the electrical in the chandelier. Hope this helps, good luck!

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