I have been trying to finish this project for over a week! I kept getting sidetracked by annoying things like:
-school starting (it never seems to happen at the right time….like July 1st)
-out-of-town company (which forced me to clean up all the crap on the dining room table)
-Dr appointments for the kids (they need to toughen up….who needs immunizations?)
-going to the monthly flea market in the next town (forcing me to spend lots of money)
-more company this week (forcing me to clean all the crap out of my bedroom, AKA The Local Dump)
-Project Runway (a waste of an hour this week…exercise clothes? Seriously?)
-all the normal stuff squeezed in there too….making meals, doing laundry, endless cleaning…for all that company
Finally, I can show you my great idea!!! At least I THINK it’s a great idea….
Remember my thrift store $25 chandelier that is now in the living room?
Here’s the before…….
Here’s the after….
Don’t you love those fat, drippy candles? Wanna know how I did it?
Send $$$$$….just kidding…..You know I love teaching you how to get a great designer look on the cheap!
I’ve seen tutes out there about adding hot glue drips to your candle sleeves but I haven’t seen anyone do these fat candles (which doesn’t mean it’s not out there!) and I like this look so much better!
You can buy them here but they’re a bit expensive for a 15 light chandelier!
Here’s the supply list I had:
2 inch PVC pipe cut into 5 inch lengths….I needed 15
A hot glue gun
A heat gun
Adjustable long nose pliers
A glove that can protect you from the heat…a gardening glove would work
Spray paint… I used Rustoleum’s Heirloom White
Here’s the method and then I’ll show you pictures. Sand the PVC to remove the printing and to create some “tooth” for the paint to stick well.
Do your heating and bending where there is good ventilation. Heating PVC can give off fumes….not a lot but you can’t be too careful!
Have your glove on one hand (my left, since I’m right handed) and have the pliers ready. Using the heat gun with the PVC piece standing on a heatproof surface, direct the heat straight down on the top rim of the pipe so it is flowing down the inside and the outside at the same time. I counted out 45 seconds and it was soft enough to bend. It doesn’t stay pliable for long so when you think it’s ready, turn off the gun and set it down, hold the pipe with your gloved hand, grab the pliers and bend over the area that is soft. Hold it for about 10 seconds so it will cool a bit and retain the shape. Continue around the pipe, doing as much bending and shaping as you like.
Finishing the faux candles is easy. Take the prepared pieces outside and give them a coat of the spray paint. When they’re dry, add your drips with the hot glue gun. When that is cool, do another coat of paint.
Here’s the pictures…
Sand off the writing……
Heat the rim with the heat gun…..
Bend the top edge with the pliers……
After the first coat of paint, add drips with hot glue…..
Vary the drips for a more authentic look….
Paint the second time……..
Left: unpainted, right: painted
Put them on the chandelier!!
I had regular large candelabra bulbs installed at first but decided the smaller 7 watt nightlight bulbs looked better. If you don’t need your chandelier as your main light source, I’d recommend that.
I love how they dressed up the chandelier!