Chandelier Revamp – Upcycle Challenge

I’ve paired up with 19 other talented ladies to bring you a monthly Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge. Each month we will create a new home decor piece from an item(s) we’ve found at a thrift store, yard sale, resale shop etc. There is no budget or specific theme so we are free to let our creativity run wild! 

Meet the Hosts

Thrift Store DecorUpcycle Challenge

Amanda | The Kolb Corner      Chelc| Inside the Fox Den     
Erlene | My Pinterventures     Kim | Made in a Day     Sara | Twelve on Main    
Debra | Shoppe No. 5      Shirley | Intelligent Domestications    
Marie | DIY Adulation     Lindsay | Crazy Organized   Michelle | Our Crafty Mom    
Julie | Live From Julie’s House     Dru | Polka Dot Poplars    
Maureen | Red Cottage Chronicles     Pili | Sweet Things     Channell | Hobnail House     
Colleen | Life on Kaydeross Creek     Ann | Duct Tape and Denim      
Paula | Virginia Sweet Pea     Sherry | Savvy Apron     Stacy | Anastasia Vintage 

You can also follow our board on Pinterest for more upcycled decor inspiration!


Today I’m sharing a chandelier I recently changed very easily with a little jute and glue. I see these old brass light fixtures all the time at the thrift store and while they aren’t the prettiest they have potential. I’ve been known to paint them mostly, but this time I decided to do something a little different.



I found this porcelain and brass fixture and really loved the look of it and the porcelain itself. I decided to use some thick jute to cover some of the brass and the hanging chain. I thought about painting the remaining brass, but decided I liked the little bit of shine and sparkle it gives.



Here’s what I did:

  • I cleaned the fixture really well, removing the old bulbs and the cracked candle cylinders.
  • I measured the length of the arms and cut five times that length of the jute. Using a glue gun I attached the end of the jute close to the center piece of the fixture and started wrapping.
  • Every now and then I would add more glue to the arm to make sure the jute held in place. After I finished wrapping I just glued the end in place, cut the extra jute off, and did the same thing with the other five arms.


  • I also wrapped jute around the chain. 
  • I was able to find replacement candlestick cylinders at Home Depot and replaced the old ones along with new bulbs.



I am getting ready to move into a new home and this will be perfect in an outside area I’m looking to light up. I’ll be sure to post pictures when I’ve got it hanging. What do ya think?

Easy Chandelier Makeover by just adding jute.


Dru About Dru

There are so many things I could say but I will just start with the basics. Mother to 4. Grandmother to 11 (Yes, 11. All under the age of 9.) I am a former Army wife and we spent 15 years traveling around the world. It was such a thrill to have seen so many places and meeting lifetime friends. I spent many years working in the craft industry and love getting together with friends and creating. I have a lifelong love of thrift shops, antiques, and yard sales.


  1. You took an outdated chandelier brought it up to date. It looks fantastic and I can’t wait to see it when you put it in your new home.

  2. This is such a great Upcycle! Love the addition of jute!

  3. The jute gives this chandelier a great new look. I think you’ll really enjoy this in your home.

  4. Wow, what an improvement! Love the jute.

  5. The jute added a really nice charm. This piece will be a fun addition to your outdoor space.

  6. I love jute/twine and use it a lot in my crafts. Love new look of the chandelier and have this look on my craft ‘to do’ list.

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