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Romantic DIY Cottage Style Bedroom Chandelier

May 30, 2024

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Ok, so you know that old saying that one things leads to another?


Well it seems like there's a lot of that going on around here right now.

And most of it's happening in my bedroom.

As I try to infuse a little more romance into my traditional cottage style design.

How To Update  A Plain Chandelier graphic with hand holding plain black chandelier next to a ceiling fixture

To be honest, the madness started in my tiny ensuite bathroom about a year ago, when we installed a new vanity.

Which I promptly made over.

That's really when the design changes began percolating in my head.

Although, it wasn't until a few months ago, when I made a new ball fringe valance for the one and only window in the bathroom that things took off.

That single swap led to another vanity makeover, that triggered the need for new fabric on my old shuttered cabinets.

Jeld-Wen Wooden French Panel Door against the wall

The installation of a cottage style door for the that's still in process.

And finally the addition of the new to me king size headboard I shared last week.

As if all this wasn't enough, on Mother's Day, my husband decided that we should replace the old glass shower doors with new ones.

Then, in the midst of this chaos and mini construction, on Saturday night, while sitting in my newly headboarded boudoir, I decided that the room was so charming, that the only thing that could make it even better...was a chandelier.

For years, we'd just had a Tiffany style, green and white, mosaic fixture that sat close to the ceiling. We're both tall and the ceiling in our 1920's charmer is not, so we settled for something practical.

Green and White Country Style Bedroom

And demure.

Truth be told, a few years ago when there was a collective cry to ditch the dome lamps, I wasn't moved. I really liked mine and it fit the house.

However, now that I had this new headboard and a new door (which I can't wait to share), I suddenly needed a bedroom chandelier. Except, I had to find one that would fit in our tight, low space and I didn't want to pay several hundred dollars for it.

Enter Mr. Wonderful. I merely mentioned my idea to him on Sunday morning and he said, let's go get one. So off we went and found this model.

5 Light Black Metal Chandelier Box with picture of the light fixture on the front

A plain black, basic 5 light chandy. It was nothing to write home about, but it was the perfect size for the room, the perfect height for us and the perfect price, since it was clearance.

I wasn't thrilled. I mean, it wasn't exactly the vintage style, crystal chandelier of my dreams, but I decided to take it home, paint it white and settle for simple.

And that's the direction our plan was moving in, until my husband pulled an old chandelier he'd found at the curb years ago, out of the garage.

Vintage Iron Chandelier

It was a gorgeous piece, but even with his fabulous engineering and electrical skills, it was way too far gone. He'd kept it for me, in case I wanted to use some of the crystals.

Staring at it though, he had a brainstorm and suggested that we take the flowers from the old fixture, clean them up, and add them to the new one.

Which led me to suggest that we then add the crystals back on the flowers...and so a new plan was born.

Bags Of Chandelier Crystals

Now, before I share how we did it, I must tell you that this was not one of my normal, easy DIYs. I never would've have been able to complete this makeover on my own.

My husband could build his own house and, like I said, he has decades of electrical experience. So I get it that this is not going to be a project that everyone can or should accomplish without a pro.

Instead, my motivation in sharing the steps is hopefully to inspire you to look at a simple light fixture or chandelier around your own home, or one your find in a store or thrift shop, and perhaps transform it in your own creative way.

Add some beads, swap out a lampshade, change the color. The possibilities are endless once you put your thinking cap on.

And with we go!

As I said, we started with some very humble beginnings.

5 Light Black Iron Chandelier

A utilitarian piece that had almost nothing in common with the romantic cottage style model I'd had my eye on online.

And in order to make our way there, we needed to take this one completely apart. And I mean completely.

You see the goal was to replace that black cup with the flower petals from the other chandelier. So it had to be removed, along with the black cylinder that was too large for the flowers to fit over them.

Small Chandelier Arm With Black Cylinder For Lightbulb

That meant we needed to dismantle each arm and remove all the wires that powered them, so we could slip both the cup and the cylinder off and the petals on.

Rewiring A Chandelier

While Mr. Fix It worked on that job, I worked on cleaning up the flowers from the old chandelier.

The nicest thing I can say about them is that they were a disgusting mess.

Dirty Iron Metal Flowers

It didn't take much to revive them though.

A little soap, water and elbow grease and they were as good as new. And quite fancy.

Clean and Shiny Metal Chandelier Flowers

By the time I had dried them, Mr. Exquisitely Unremarkable was ready to put them on the new light. He just layered them, one on top of the other and then slid the black tube over the top.

Then he threaded the wires back up through the arms and swapped out the black chain with a white one.

He also replaced the main black power cord with a white lamp wire that we picked up for about four bucks.

A Package of White Lamp Wire

And we were ready for paint.

Remodeled Chandelier DIY on the patio ready for spray paint

We decided to go with a chalk spray paint, since all the other choices were way too stark.

The chalk paint had a softer hue and I knew that it would have a chippier look and let some of the black peek through for an aged appearance.

Behr Chalk Spray Paint Linen White

It also dried very quickly and it didn't have that awful spray paint smell that lingered for days.

Twenty four hours later, it was virtually gone.

Light Fixture Spray Paint Makeover

That's when I got to have some fun with those crystals.

They were just as nasty as the flowers, sticky, cloudy and covered in grease, so the first order of business was to wash them.

Bags Of Chandelier Crystals

Scrub them with soap and water and shine them with vinegar.

Once they were clean and dry, I was able to sort through them to find ones that weren't chipped and had metal ring hooks.

Cleaning Crystals For Light Fixtures
Teardrop Chandelier Crystals

Since they were originally on the flowers, I just popped them through the predrilled holes and we were ready to hang that sucker up.

White Crystal Chandelier Makeover on a table in process

Again, that was all my husband.

I didn't even enter the room, until it looked like this.

Simple DIY Crystal Chandelier In a Country Style Bedroom

Quite a change, huh?

I was actually a little breathless at the sight of my new bedroom.

Completely swept off my feet.

By my dreamy new chandelier.

White Crystal Bedroom Chandelier DIY

And the guy who made it for me.

And what could be more romantic than that?


What's hanging in your room?

Happy Decorating, Friends!
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  1. At the very beginning there were two great minds working togother for cause. The bedroom looks wonderfully romatic. A magical an beautiful change.

    1. Thank you so much! We really do love the way it turned out. ☺️

  2. Kim this is truly amazing. I love that you could use the flowers off the old chandy to make the new plain one beautiful. It looks gorgeous in your bedroom. Love it 🥰 chandeliers really bring romance into the room. Hugs Kris @junkchiccottage

    1. Thanks so much Kris! I really didn't have high hopes when we walked out of the store, but it really is so beautiful. The flower petals and crystals made such a difference. Have a super week!

  3. Deedee Clark: My love language is ‘acts of service,’ so when my husband makes something for me (or similar) it makes my day. I love your chandelier!

    1. Yes!! I always say that this is my husband's love language, as well. Lucky us!! And thank you for the kind words and taking the time to share them with me!!

  4. Oooh, Oooh, Oooh! I am in love with that! It makes such a difference in your room. I want one too. We also have ceilings that are not high and our light fixtures lack charm. I'm going to have to do some looking.
    Your hubby is a keeper. Mine is too and he does so much, but I don't think he'd be up for this task. He would think I was crazy... :)

    1. Thanks Mari!! Those low ceilings really do put a damper on creative lighting options don't they? I really thought a chandelier was out of the question, and especially one this pretty, but that guy made it happen...and yes, when it comes to DIY and decor, he does often think I'm crazy!! Haha!!

  5. i LOVE IT! i just received one my daughter-in-law didn't no longer want. Problem is she had cut the wires! Now I don't know what I am going to do with it! Thinking of making a solar light for a porch I like to sit on!

    1. Oh that's exciting!! I know there are lots of DIY solar chandelier ideas on Pinterest. Truth be told after we took the old one apart, I told my husband to keep it, in case there was a way to do that with it. We'll see! Good luck with your makeover, I hope you'll share if you do give it a go!

  6. So pretty - what a sweet upgrade! Hanging in my room - a ceiling fan. I'm pretty used to having it on at night, lulling me to sleep.

    1. Thank you, Gina! I'd like to put a ceiling fan in our screened porch. I think they're so pretty and warm up an outdoor space.

  7. Oh Kim! That is totally gorgeous! Who would ever have thought? I can't believe it's the same fixture. And that hubby of yours is practically a star! To pick up the old lamp out of the trash because he knew you would like it, and go to all the trouble he went to with rewiring it. Definitely a star. I love the final result and it delivers on the romance factor.

    1. Hello Florence! Thank you so much! I absolutely love the way this turned out and the way it's completely changed the entire look and feel of my bedroom...and you'll get no arguments from me about my husband. He is definitely a star! Thanks for the visit!!

  8. I love that you were able to combine these to make something even better! It look amazing in your bedroom! We also have a chandelier in our bedroom. It's from the 40's and the one thing I took from my very first house/reno project from the dining roomas a momento. It doesn't really suit the space, but it has sentimental value.

    1. Thank you, Sara! We love the look. Your chandelier sounds lovely, nothing like a vintage charmer...and decorating with sentimental items is the best. If it makes you smile, it suits the space!

  9. Kim,
    WOW!! You guys are on a roll....Now this is an absolutely fantastic transformation!! I LOVE how it came out and it is just perfect in your beautiful bedroom!!! Thanks for sharing!!
    Debbie-Dabble Blog

    1. Thanks Debbie! Those waves of inspiration come in spurts. It always seems to be a DIY feast or famine over here. Truth be told, I'm ready for a little R&R...and now I have a lovely place to do just that! Thanks for the visit!

  10. I love it! Your bedroom looks absolutely dreamy! Your chandelier is the cherry on top!

    1. Thank you so much! What a fun way to put it and yes, it's so funny how one or two items can really change the look of a space.

  11. Oh wow, that turned out great! It looks perfect in your beautiful room.

    1. Thank you so much, Tina! Thanks so much for the visit and taking the time to comment. I hope you'll visit again!! 🥰

  12. Kim this chandi turned out stunning. Much better in white too as black would have been too heavy for your romantic bedroom.

    1. Thanks Mary! I agree that black was not good, but the bones were great and you know what they say about paint! 😉 I hope you have a fabulous weekend!

  13. This is the best Ugly Duckling to Beautiful Swan story ever! You both did an amazing job and your new chandelier looks beautiful in your bedroom. I must admit, I'm a little jealous....

  14. Oh, Kim. What a transformation. The butterfly has landed. Great job and such a beautiful end. It looks perfect for your beautiful bedroom. Good job to you and your handyman! xxoJudy

  15. Oh my, you two are making it all come together. I do love your team work, just as much as your projects. :-)
    It is beautiful.

  16. Bravo Kim, the chandy turned out so pretty. Such a difference. I am pleased to feature your dramatic chandelier makeover at Love Your Creativity.

  17. OH WOW!!!!! What a transformation and so perfect for your bedroom. I'd be lying around all day just staring up. You guys make a brilliant team.