Courtesy of Tammy, Not Just Paper & Glue
Everyone has an area with no electricity and have issues with lighting, especially in the fall and winter. To solve this lighting issues, dust off an old chandelier from a yard or garage sale or even one just hanging out in your garage and go to work giving it a beautiful makeover.
Time: 24 Hours Cost: $15.00 Difficulty: Easy
Start the project by removing all of the wiring. Depending on the type of lighting fixture you are using, you may have to disassemble some of the pieces in order to accomplish this task. Removing the white posts is optional depending on the type of solar light you intend to use. Lastly, remove any loose debris or peeling finish from the chandelier.
Hang the chandelier from a tree limb and give it a good first coat. Once it's dry go over it again with a second coat, making sure that you cover any spots that might have missed the first time. Once the chandelier is completely dry, check all around for any spots you may need to touch up. If you are satisfied, then you are ready to start adding your solar lights.
Purchased some inexpensive solar lights from a "big box store". They're the type that have round stakes so you can stick them in the ground.
- Remove the stake and discard (or use on another projects).
- Remove the tops of your solar lights from the clear shade. (You may not be able to do this, depending on the type of solar light you are using).
- Add a good amount of Silicone Caulking to the base of the clear shade. We used Polyseamseal by Loctite from Lowe's Home Improvement.
- Place the clear shade on to the light fixture base.
- Allow to dry 8 hours or overnight. Make sure that the lights stay level while drying.
- Once the caulking is dry, add your solar light tops back on to the clear shade.
- Hang outside to absorb the sun so the lights can charge.
- Invite some friends over that evening to enjoy your new Solar Powered Chandelier!
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