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How To Re-Purpose A Chandelier

When planning our DIY Greenhouse, I knew I’d want a fun chandelier to hang inside. As luck would have it, I found a great brass chandelier, that was begging to be re-purposed, at a Thrift Store. Since it was only $10 and I had some saved crystals, It was easy to transform into a DIY Solar Light Fixture.

Thrifted Chandelier - How to Repurpose into a DIY Solar Light Fixture.

Here are the step by step instructions for How to Re-Purpose a Chandelier into a stunning DIY solar light fixture for my greenhouse.

How to Repurpose A Chandelier with Dollar Tree Solar Lights for Greenhouse

Gather Your Supplies to Paint your CHANDELIER

First, remove any removable parts and find a place that you can spray paint all the pieces that you plan to use with the chandelier. I used Krylon Chalky Finish Spray Paint in Classic White because I wanted a white light fixture. I have found that chalk paint will adhere to the slick brass surface much easier than some spray paints.

Paint Thrift Store Chandelier White DIY Solar Light - Repurposed Chandelier.
Hanging the chandelier allowed me to cover the entire surface

If you can find a way to hang the light fixture, you will be able to spray paint the entire piece without moving it to a different position.

Deconstructed Chandelier

Lay out all the removable parts and give them a light coat of paint. Chalk paint will dry quickly, allowing your to flip the pieces for another coat on the back side.

Add Crystals

This is an optional step that you may want to include to add some elegance to the chandelier. It will depend of the style of solar chandelier you desire.

Use Hammer and nail to punch hole in metal

Once the paint is completely dry, you can begin to add crystals to your chandelier. Since the thrift store light fixture didn’t include crystals, it was necessary to punch a hole into the rim. Now use a large nail, hammer and a block of wood to protect your surface. Because the metal on this fixture is fairly thin, it was an easy task to punch a small hole.

Punch Holes for crystals

You need to punch a hole large enough for the wire to slip through easily.

Add Crystals around each light on Chandelier

Sources for Crystals

Fortunately, I had a supply of vintage crystals that I’d been saving for just such a project. If you don’t have a supply of crystals, you can order replacement crystals or check with Etsy or other online vintage sales sources that offer crystals for sale.

You may want to search for a chandelier, with crystals already attached. Because these can be more expensive, you may expect to search longer to find a deal. If you’d like some tips for Successful Thrift Store Shopping, click here.

Add crystals to repurposed chandelier

You will want to space your punch holes evenly around the circumference of the rim because you want the weight of your crystals to be evenly split. Due to the number of crystals, it was necessary to place two larger crystals across from each other and two smaller also across from each other to give each cup balance.

Hang the Repurposed Thrift Store Chandelier in Greenhouse with added crystals.

To test the balance of your light fixture, you should hang your fixture and make sure it is hanging evenly. Once the light fixture was hanging, adding solar lights that could fit into the existing cups was a logical solution.

Add Solar Lights

First, remove the wires and bulb holder from your chandelier. Begin by clipping the wires, with wire cutter’s, and then unscrew the holder from the fixture. Finding these crystal like solar lights for just a $1.00 each was a perfect choice.

Repurposed the Dollar Tree Solar Lights to add to Thrifted Chandelier.

In order to get the solar lights to attached securely in the DIY Solar Light Fixture, it is necessary to use the pipe attachment that is provided with the light. Most of these are approx. 6 inches long and therefore, will result in a very tall light. Since I wanted the light to sit closer to the cup, I cut the pipe approx. 1 1/2 inches long. This still allows the solar light to fit into the pipe, as it was designed to do, and left enough room for the other end of the pipe to attach to the chandelier cup.

Dollar Tree Solar Lights Repurposed to make a DIY Solar Light Fixture for Greenhouse.

Note: Each Light Fixture will be different and all the fittings may not work exactly as described, therefore, you may need to add some adhesive or additional fittings to attached the solar lights to the fixture.

The DIY Solar Light Fixture receives plenty of natural sunlight from the clear roofing materials on the Greenhouse.

Dollar Tree Solar Lights allow the DIY Solar Light Chandelier to Glow at night in the greenhouse.
Hang your Fixture

If you enjoyed this post, you would love Easy Thrifted Lamp Makeover and What To Do With a Broken Light Fixture.

How to Repurpose a Chandelier with Dollar Tree Solar Lights for the Greenhouse.

You will want to hang your solar chandelier in an area where the solar lights will receive enough sunlight to charge the batteries. Fortunately, the greenhouse allows enough light to keep the solar chandelier burning night.

DIY Solar Light Fixture is perfect hanging in the greenhouse along with the DIY Apothecary cabinet

The combination of the crystals and the crystal like design of these Dollar Tree Solar Lights give the Chandelier a fun, elegant feel.

I hope you like the addition of the re-purposed Chandelier to the greenhouse. Thank you for stopping by and as always, your questions and comments are greatly appreciated.

How to Re-purpose a Chandelier into a DIY Solar Light Fixture.  Thrift Store Transformation, Flea market Flip, before and after, lighting makeover.


Friday 19th of March 2021

I painted a chandelier years ago about the color of your page background and used it for my granddaughters birthday. We had an elegant brunch and fashion show. I added tea cups and saucers to the stems and right in the middle a teapot with flowers in it. My granddaughter was in heaven! I still have the chandelier up in the attic and should get it down and repaint and add the lights to it but I lack somewhere to actually hang it outdoors. Oh wait I can use it on the front porch. Anyway yours came out just lovely!

Sunday 21st of March 2021

Shirley, Yes, pull that thing out of the attic. Sounds beautiful.


Sunday 16th of August 2020

Adorable! What did you use to cut the stem of the solar light? It looks like you're using tin snips?

Sunday 16th of August 2020

Nancee, Thank you so much. I used garden shears. It's just a soft plastic and was easy to cut. Rachel


Friday 19th of June 2020

That's darling. I have that exact chandy hanging in a tree in the front yard. I painted it white but it doesn't actually work. It's just for pretties. Yours is way better! Pinned :)

Friday 19th of June 2020

Cindy, pick up so Dollar Tree Solar lights and make it work. You'll love it. Thanks for stopping by. Rachel


Friday 19th of June 2020

Hi Rachel,

Great project with amazing results.! Love the solar lights you found too.


Friday 19th of June 2020

Cindy, I loved how elegant they were for just a dollar. Rachel


Friday 19th of June 2020

Good Morning Rachel Wow this is just stunning. I am going to do this* sorry but I copy a lot of what you create. The before and after is just amazing. Love love love the after I have a ton of crystals also. I am going to put mine under my outside deck. Gets plenty of light for solar. Another great DIY project Rachel enjoy your day/weekend deezie

Friday 19th of June 2020

I'm so glad you like this Deezie! Thank you for your comments. Rachel