Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Stick Chandelier



About a year ago I spotted a funky "stick" chandelier in a magazine and LOVED it. My mind kept returning to it and I realized I could make it. The more I thought about it, I realized execution would be a.) affordable, b.) easy, and c.) good lookin'.


My sweet Mama, who always believes in me, spotted a pile of pruned willow branches on the side of the road. She loaded them up and brought them my way.


I found an old brass-esque chandelier ($6) at the thrift store. A little elbow grease and some spray paint, and I knew I was on my way.



I wired the sticks to the chandelier using wire from an old AC contactor...


Stepping back at times to check out the progress and eye "empty" spots...


And the final product...hanging in the garage, awaiting completion of our guest room, where it will find a great home!

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41 comments:

  1. I am stopping by from the CSI Project Challenge! I just love this!! It has the rustic feel I want in our bedroom but also can be a little elegant, too!! Thanks so much for the inspiration!

    I did a chandelier also using one just like you started with! How fun!

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  2. Great job J! AND...I love it that you made it yourself for soooo cheap!! :)

    Love,
    Camille

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  3. I love it! Very creative and original.

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  4. OK, seriously, how do you not have 234589 comments on this post?! This is absolutely spectacular. Way to go, girl! I love it!!!

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  5. Get out of here, that's gorgeous!!! I've been wanting to redo my chandelier. I wounder if I could pull something like that off without looking like a bunch of sticks glued on. Hmmm. I can't wait to see a panned out picture of it in the guest room.

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  6. okay, wait just ONE minute, here! That pile of sticks on the side of the road came from MY STREET! I told mom they were there and she had me load up nearly two curly willow trees worth of cuttings. Aren't you lucky to have a mom and a sister so thoughtful. heehee.

    it looks great. love you!

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  7. LOVE IT!!!! I wish I had somewhere in our house to put this!!

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  8. OK, you've inspired me to want to spray paint our outdated chandelier! What a great idea! :) You are so creative!!

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  9. Awesome!!!! and so simple. Now, if only I could convince my more-modernist-than-me husband that chandeliers DO work with minimalist design!

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  10. Wow! You're far braver than I am....I would never attempt such a project!

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  11. Wow! That looks amazing. I would love to know what the original one cost in the magazine? I saw a lady a few months ago on a blog that had found a mirror that was outlined in branches from PB I think and she recreated it for hardly anything and needless to say that the original was well over $100. I love do it yourself projects when they save you a lot! Where will your new chandelier reside?

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  12. I'm continually impressed by your creations! You are an inspiration, even to those of us with little creativity and artistic ability! :)

    By the way, enjoyed reading about your trip to TX. Sounds fun. Would love to visit the American Girl store one day.

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  13. You really pulled that off! It's so pretty!

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  14. Rock On Sista!!!! ;) L.O.V.E. it!

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  15. So creative! It's so fun seeing something new I haven't seen yet on the crafting blogs.

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  16. It's beautiful!!! I love love love making something that I've seen and saving lots of money! And it's much more rewarding! Good job!

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  17. OMG! My entry was with the SAME light, just a double instead of a single layer of lights!

    I love your transformation! Just stunning!

    www.thatredheadedstepchild.com

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  18. Looks awesome! What a fun project.

    Also, I so enjoyed reading about your TX trip. Sister and Little Man will have so many great memories of it. And how great that you have it all documented on your blog!

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  19. Oh my wowzers! I'm speechless. Well done, girlfriend! Well done!

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  20. this is just brilliant! i hopped over from csi, and am so impressed! and yay for your mom for being so awesome!

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  21. Awesome! What a great thrifted project. So affordable and yet looks like a million bucks! ;) Great job.

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  22. What a great piece! I love it. Thanks for sharing your talent.

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  23. Amazing, girl! You have a gift.

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  24. This is amazing, Jenn! What a fantastic idea -- it looks like it's right out of a celebrity mansion or something! Wonderful job!!

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  25. This is fabulous! I can only imagine what my husband would be thinking as he watched me make this one!

    BTW...Love the title of your blog.

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  26. FANTAB! I can not wait to try this, I will link up to you as my INSPIRATION!! LOve it!
    mamabird

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  27. I'm in love. This would look enchanting in my daughter's fairy bedroom.

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  28. I love it! I always thought my love of rustic would exclude chandeliers, but you have combined both. Looks fabulous.

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  29. That will cast great shadows to stare up at from bed. Love it.

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  30. I may have already commented on this because its amazing! I am going to do this in my sewing room, I will totally send you some blog love and pics!

    love your guts
    mandi

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  31. Oh Mylanta! I have been dying to do this with the plentiful tumbleweed blowing around out here in the desert--but everybody scoffs at me!!! Thanks for showing how you did this, SOMEDAY, I will make my tumbleweed dream chand. a reality!

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  32. Wow... that fixture looks great! Very nice job.

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