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A rustic DIY chandelier with a bit of glam…

My dining room has been very dark since we moved in. It has never had a light in it. We have a neat floor lamp friends gave us many years ago so we can see when it gets super dark, but it’s always been an odd room for lighting. I have been ready to “fix” it for a while. This week I committed to doing it for real and building the DIY chandelier I have always wanted.

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I had an idea of what I wanted my DIY chandelier to look like and had been mulling it over for a while. One day I was “wandering” around on Amazon and found a very odd chandelier I thought might work for the rustic chandelier I wanted….

I was inspired and ordered some other parts. My inspiration was this ladder I have had in my stash for a while.

Saved by Scottie rustic chandelier ladder

I added some “eyes” about 1.5 inches from each end.

Saved by Scottie rustic chandelier hooks

Then I used black decorative lighting chain to attach the ladder to the ceiling hook. I decided to do one attachment point..but I toyed around with a few different ideas.

Saved by Scottie rustic chandelier chain
Saved by Scottie rustic chandelier ladder in place

I hooked up the chandelier and used the chain and what are supposed to be “ceiling” mounts to attach the individual light strings to the ladder.

Saved by Scottie rustic chandelier light hung

I also added some light cages over the bulbs. One I had it all hooked up, I thought it might be missing something…(a hint is the “crystal” chains you see on the left)

Saved by Scottie rustic chandelier lights on no crystals
Saved by Scottie rustic chandelier lights off no crystals

Luckily I had purchased some other fun additions “just in case”… so I added those too.

Saved by Scottie rustic chandelier crystal

I wanted that “glam” look without losing the rustic charm I was shooting for. In the end after wrapping and draping, I ended up with this:

Saved by Scottie rustic chandelier after off close up
Saved by Scottie rustic chandelier adding crystals 2
Saved by Scottie rustic chandelier adding crystals 3
Saved by Scottie rustic chandelier adding crystals
Saved by Scottie rustic chandelier after on long shot
Saved by Scottie rustic chandelier after long view off

I am so happy with this and can not wait to show it off in person! I have walked past it 4 times this morning already and it makes me absolutely giddy every time.

Do you think you could cobble together a fun rustic DIY chandelier (or other) look from Amazon parts too? I hope if you try, you’ll share your pictures with me!

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  • Reply
    Susie Miller
    May 30, 2017 at 5:08 PM

    I LOVE this! So clever and creative. Just the right mix of rustic, industrial, and glam! Woo Hoo! you go girl 🙂

    • Reply
      June 15, 2017 at 7:34 AM

      Thank you Susie!

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    July 25, 2017 at 6:21 AM

    It looks amazing!!!
    love it!
    I know that koocam.com are looking for people who do DIY, etc
    Maybe you should check it  out:)

    • Reply
      July 25, 2017 at 8:24 AM

      Thank you for the suggestion and I am so glad you like it…. it still brings me joy every time I look at it.

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    Nancy Carlson
    September 1, 2018 at 2:59 AM

    I love the ladder and all the lights and crystal, but I cannot figure out the “odd chandelier” and how it’s hooked to this.

    • Reply
      September 1, 2018 at 4:22 PM

      Hi Nancy! The odd (spider looking?) chandelier is attached to the ceiling at the box. The “arms” (cords and pendants) are wrapped around the ladder and secured with the rubber attachment plates on each cord to keep it all in place. Then I attached the light cages once I had all the crystals etc where I wanted them. Does that explanation help at all?

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