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Trash to Chic: Reinvent a Thrift Shop Chandelier

Murano Glass disc chandeliers are all the rage in high-end modern homes. I’ve been drooling over them for years, which is why I was thrilled to find one on eBay, only to be outbid during the last 5 seconds by a sniper. After shouting obscenities at my computer screen and picking myself up off the floor, I decided to stop feeling sorry for myself and set out to make one  by recycling and revamping a thrift shop chandelier.  I picked up the chandelier frame for Goodwill for $3.99, after literally tripping on it. It was on the floor, dirty and discarded. I even saw a lady even run over it with her cart. Rescuing and completely transforming this sad light fixture was a fun process and I hope my video will inspire others to do the same.

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Reinvent a thrift shop chandelier with lucite discs from Jill Keto on Vimeo.

For this project you will need:

-One horribly dated late 80’s chandelier frame from Goodwill, Craigslist, curbside, or dumpster. Make sure it is cylindrical in shape and has hooks going all the way around.

-4″ diameter x 1/8″ thick lucite/aka plexiglass/aka plastic/aka acrylic glass discs, which can be found here. Buy, at a minimum, 2 discs for every hook on your chandelier frame. If you want to really fill it in, you should double that number and hang the rest off of the frame with invisible fishing line.

-Nail polish. The cheap, drugstore variety. SinfulColors is available for $1.99 per bottle, and the colors are luminous and have incredible depth. (Side note: nail enamel is one of the highest quality paints that exists, which makes it perfect for any DIY project where you need a permanent, glossy paint job on a smallish surface area). Auto paint is also awesome, but stick to slightly sparkly nail polish for this project. Have fun with the colors you choose. There are no limits.

-20g stainless steel jump rings, about 1/2″ in diamter which you can buy or make yourself by wrapping wire around a tube of lip gloss (or anything else 1/2″ in diameter and cylindrical) into a coil, and cut the coil into individual circles (jump rings) with wire cutters.

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