In our last blog post, we mentioned that the chandelier in our entryway was homemade and promised to show you how that project went down ... so here it is!
I was searching the internet and local lighting stores for a rustic globe light that was 36" or larger and the only ones I could find were $1500 and up - crazy, right?! My other options would have been to go with a much smaller globe light that would have looked tiny in the airy, tall entryway or to give up on the globe light that I was dreaming about and find another style of light. So I was grateful when Cam came up with a plan to make a globe light that would be affordable. To be honest, I was quite surprised at his suggestion because although I love our DIY tendencies, I had never thought about making a light before.
This was the light we were using for inspiration:
We went to a local hardware store and found a chandelier that was actually quite hideous, but had good bones that showed a lot of potential. It was a 9-bulb light and each of the arms had an elegant, but simple curve to them. It also had plenty of chain to hang down from our tall ceiling. And best yet, it was on sale for $80.
The first task was to take off the metal ornamentation off of the light with pliers and a hacksaw. Any spots that were sharp or rough were sanded down with a metal file. Once we got down to the basic structure of the light, we were able to start on the surrounding globe shape. We used 1/2" copper tubing to achieve the globe shape. First, we created a guide out of wood that had the correct curvature that we were aiming for and then we gently shaped the copper tubing around the guide. We repeated this for the 4 circles that made up the globe. We attached all of the rods at the top and the bottom by wrapping them with wire to hold them in place. The spot where all of the rods joined at the top and the bottom weren't very attractive so we used smaller wire and wrapped it around and around to create a wicker-looking ball that was much more appealing to the designer eye, but it also hid the joints of the globe very well. This completed the building portion of this project. Next, we used a creamy-coloured spray paint and covered the entire light in two coats of paint. I gave the light a day or so to dry before distressing it with an electric palm sander (although you could hand sand it as well). I started by distressing the light in spots where there were runs in the paint. I continued to add interest to the light by adding distressing in any spot where I thought it would stand out.
I am just so happy with the final look of the light - it's exactly what I had in mind when I set out to find a rustic globe light! And the price tag of $200 is very reasonable especially compared to the price points we were seeing the stores.
And there you have it - a homemade chandelier! Who would have thought?!