Saturday, March 22, 2014

DIY Rope Chandelier | A Kitchen Update

Recently I transformed the lighting in our kitchen with some rope and a glue gun.  Literally.

You might remember this wrought iron chandelier from our kitchen makeover about 2 years ago.

The problem: I never really loved the chandelier's wavy candle plates, skinny arms or the dagger that hung from the bottom of the fixture.  I recently replaced it with something a little lighter.  (I'll share that later.) It made the cut for a couple of years but nothing stays the same around here for too long...  I know it's a curse..

I tried selling it on Craigslist for a few months and I got no bites.  How could I hide what I didn't like about the fixture and turn into something I loved?  It was then that the light bulb went off. (I couldn't resist..

I rushed right out to the local hardware store and purchased 2 bags of this 'twisted manila' rope for $8 each.

There were a couple of options of rope to chose from.  I ended up chosing the darker rope over the lighter sisal..  I thought it would make the fixture have a richer look. 

I then did my research.. I checked out some images of rope chandeliers to get an idea of what I was going to do.  Can you believe these sell for $300 plus at Potterybarn and West Elm?                                                    


                     Rope Chandelier | Pottery Barn

The point of attack:  This light has 8 "arms".  I chose to start with the bottom 4 arms first making my way down each arm. 

I started at the candlestick, gluing and circling the rope around and around until I made it all the way down the arm and then I left 8 inches of rope when I was done.

I instantly noticed how it hid the things I didn't like...

Then I unraveled the 8 inches of rope and used the small strand to finish the inside posts that lead to the top arms.  (It was impossible to wrap each individual bar because they were too narrow.)

I went around all four individual posts in the middle with the unraveled rope about 3 inches high.    Then I used the regular sized rope to go up the rest leading into the upper arms.   I glued and tucked the ends wherever they could be hidden.

 The final step was wrapping the rope around the bottom.  

The Final Result:
This project took about 3 hours and cost $18.  I would suggest wearing gloves if you are going to try this one.  Between the rough rope and the hot glue, my hands were red and sore with minimal bleeding.  

One of my favorite details about the chandelier is the hook at the top.  I knew I definitely wanted to keep that uncovered.  

I really wasn't sure about this project until I finished and really until it was hung in the room.  I almost quit several times.  But now I'm so glad I pushed through.  

At first I thought it would be too nautical for our kitchen, but I love the texture it brings in the room.  I took down the balloon shades that had been hanging in the room for the last 8 years.  The room is so much brighter and I'm thinking about making some flat roman shades..

Here's more Rope Chandelier inspiration on Pinterest. There are some good ones.

We all know you can paint your outdated chandeliers and now I am convinced you can also wrap them in rope.  This is a great solution to change up the look of any room.

You could also just wrap the chain or even just the candlesticks.  Use your imagination.

Do you have a chandelier that needs to make a come back?  Would you wrap it in rope?  What do you think about mine?

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Series: Thrfity Tuesday | Winning with Pennies II

Hello Friends,

It's that time again to share my thrifty finds and hopefully inspire you to think out of the box for your home decor.  

Thrift stores are becoming increasingly popular for inexpensive home decor.  You just never know what you'll find that will inspire you to take your home decor to another level or be the inspiration for a new project. 

My most recent trips to the 'thrifty boutique' were good ones.  Aren't they all?

Recycled Art: I found two great frames to use in my office.  One with a very classic drawing of two grey hounds in an antique frame and another antique gold frame. 

I used wrapping paper in a damask patter as art for the other one.  

This office now has a strong focal point.  I also used some of my existing frames with some pictures from a recent trip to Napa Valley for this gallery.
Art work ideas: Special photos blown up and placed in matted frames, wrapping paper, scrapbook paper, children's art and even letters someone wrote to you that have special meaning--are all inexpensive ideas that can be used for art work.  That is what makes artwork personal and have meaning in your home.  

I really do love the dog artwork.  Both frames work absolutely perfect in my office.  Don't you think?

Light it up: Again, I found a desk lamp at the thrift store.  Do these things seek me out? 

I was drawn to this brass one and could see it on the top shelf of a tall bookcase.  This is a great inexpensive solution for highlighting your treasures in your bookcase-- Instead of calling an electrician to hard wire a sconce in the wall.  Same look, small price.  ($6 to be exact.)  What do you think?  Can you see yourself doing this one?

This desk light has a 'swing' so you can adjust just exactly how you want your light to shine on your bookcase.  I can not tell you how many of these I see at the thrift store.  You could even paint them bronze or silver..

Book Worm: The thrift store is a great place to recycle books.  This months treasures include-- An Encyclopedia of Wine and Spirits, A Dictionary of American Slang (because every house needs one of those..), Magic Tree House and My Father's Dragon.  They are all perfect addition to our library and add lots of character..

Painting existing frames (Again): Recently I helped my friend purge some stuff from her basement closets.  While in the mist of the purge this lovely frame was in the 'donation' pile. I just had to snag this one for myself.  (Ok, this one is not from a thrift store, but it's a good example of how stuff gets there...  I probably would have bought this exact frame a few weeks later.)

The plan: I wanted to paint the frame off white, but leave the gold accent. 

Just a few minutes later and this frame makes a completely different statement.

I hope you are enjoying this series and are inspired to visit a thrifty boutique.  Will you?

The Series: Winning with Pennies
Winning with Pennies I

From my house to your house, Happy Hunting!

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