chandelier. from old to new. just a little glue.

Ah, chandeliers. If I could have a chandelier in every room I would. I love the whimsy, the personality, the smiles they bring to any room. But, what do you do with a chandelier that is oh so basic? That is where a little jute rope, hot glue, light bulbs and paint came in handy.

Over the summer, one of my besties Jen (xxoo!), and I were flipping through a magazine at her lake house. We saw a lamp that had been wrapped in jute rope and was super adorable. We had a long convo about finding a piece that we could try it on. Fortunately for me, I found my piece.

In our dining room {yes, the dining room that is patiently waiting for me to try building a table} was this basic, builder-grade chandelier. Nothing fancy. Not really my style. But, too nice to throw away. What is a girl to do? Well, I was brought back to our lake house conversation and decided to give a little redo to the chandelier a try. And, I am over the moon to say that I LOVE IT!


Before & After Final

{ what you will need}
jute rope

{i found mine at a flea market, but you can find similar versions on the link above}
hot glue gun

{the task} 

  • So simple. Just wrap your jute rope around the chandelier arms doing little sections at a time.
  • I chose to start my rope near the main base of the chandelier. I wrapped continuously until I got to the end and made a nice, tidy end piece.
  • For my chandelier I did each arm individually and then tackled the bottom sphere separately.
  • You could also wrap the entire chandelier in jute rope, however I ran out and couldn’t find an identical match. Thus, the paint came in to play.
  • For my paint, I wanted it to look worn, so I did not completely cover the existing color. I did small sections with tiny amounts of paint to give it a more weathered look.
  • Let it dry and then add some interesting light bulbs. I went with a 15w bulb in a tall shape so that it was not too bright.


{the facts}

  • I did suffer serious rope burns on my fingers.
  • I ended up with massive amounts of hot glue burns. {i kept saying, “oh, owww!” repeatedly and my other half just kept laughing}
  • It took a little over forever, ok really only about 4 hours, but it felt like forever. Who knew wrapping with small rope was such a time consuming process?

Day Collage


Night Collage


I think it is the perfect addition to our guest bedroom. A million times better in this cozy guest space than in the open, furniture-less dining room. I am just smitten with it. And, what guest wouldn’t feel a lil’ bit of luxury as they fell asleep under that darling chandelier?

A little thought for the day. Don’t think that chandeliers only belong over a dining room or kitchen table. Maybe you can repurpose a chandelier that you already have and move it to a new space. {i am hoping that my move to the guest room will inspire me to really get started on that darn dining room.} It is amazing what a quick switcheroo can do for the home.

Maybe jute rope will work in your house? Or, maybe you can try a rope or material that is a little more your style. Whatever it is. Don’t just get rid of it. Think about what little changes you can make to give it a little redo. A little something I like to call from old to new. Try it and then share your final pieces with me. I can’t wait to see what you come up with.

try. enjoy. share.

Letter J  XO

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4 Responses to chandelier. from old to new. just a little glue.

  1. Misty November 19, 2013 at 10:54 am #

    It does look amazing in person too!!! I’m glad you stated the facts later in this post, after you noted “so simple” ha, ha! I’ve always admired them, but do not have the patience to attack this. I think I will send your way for the perfect finish 🙂

    Another wonderful project added to the home. Nice work!

  2. Sonali DeBay November 19, 2013 at 12:50 pm #

    I love this Jessica! You did such a good job redoing the chandelier, so creative I can’t stand it!

  3. Emily November 19, 2013 at 5:48 pm #

    I love it! I remember when you were building the old house and telling me about the chandeliers…
    Ry shouted “can I get a chandelier count?

  4. Jen November 19, 2013 at 8:42 pm #

    You did it!!! I LOVE it!! It looks dar-ling!! xoxo miss you like crazy!

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