DIY Solar Chandelier
We have repurposed an old electric wagon wheel chandelier into this beautiful and functional Solar Porch Chandelier!
Projects are always fun from the planning to the doing and then the viewing!
Our front porch makeover project is a multi-step process with small projects built into it. The first part to be completed is the part I’m sharing today, The Solar Powered Chandelier Makeover.
The inspiration for our outdoor chandelier came from 2 places. This first one was this outdoor chandelier we saw on a Secret Garden Stroll back in the spring. Our second inspiration came from an outdoor chandelier we saw for sale at a local marketplace event, also back in the spring. The vendor had used tea cups to create little planters from which were hanging ivy vines. I have one very similar to it on my Yard & Garden Pinterest board which you can see here.
We enjoyed the shopping process while hunting for a chandelier that would suit us. We looked at quite a few in flea markets, thrift stores and the Habitat for Humanity Home Store. We actually purchased an lovely wall sconce at the Habitat for Humanity store which we repurposed into a Tea Cup Sconce Planter for the porch. My favorite thrift store was having a sale! Now, if you’re a thriftier, a sale at a thrift store is a big deal! We found ‘the one’ at the sale and I enjoyed ‘dickering’ the price down. I was able to get it for $7 less than asking and paid only $12 for it! Budget friendly is a must for any project! Sorry I forgot to take a picture while the big ugly light covers were still on it. We kept those to repurpose later. After removing those ugly light shades, we placed the chandelier onto a couple of saw horses and gave it a good scrubbing. It’s pretty ugly right now. You really do need to have a vision on these type of projects! Stacy removed all of the faux oil lamps and all electric lighting cords to prepare the chandelier for the painting process. This is the paint we selected at Michael’s. Always check with Michaels when you need spray paint for projects. It’s never, or rarely on sale so you can use their 40% off coupon code! I wrapped the chain while painting the wood. The chain was later painted to match the faux oil lamps. I applied 2 coats of paint and 2 coats of lacquer to the wood. A coat of fresh paint can make amazing transformations, can’t it?! Stacy gave these faux oil lamps 2 coats of fresh paint. He also covered the wood with paper and painted the chain to match the faux oil lamps. Time to put it all back together! You only need 2 tools for this project: Ratchet or wrench Screwdriver Once he had it all put back together, it was time to attach the lighting features. We selected these, Stacy used The chandelier is complete and ready to hang! The pulley system will allow us to lower the chandelier in the event that the solar panels don’t charge sufficiently. We were concerned about this because the solar panels are on the top of the lights which will be facing the ceiling. Out front porch gets full sun in the afternoons so we thought we would be ok. There may be a need to lower the chandelier in the winter time when the sun doesn’t shine so bright though. After the Solar Chandelier had been hung for several days, we discovered the panels DO get sufficient sunlight to charge every day. We both love the pulley system with the rope because it adds to the rustic ambience of the chandelier and of course if the need arises, the chandelier can be easily accessed. We both love the way our Solar Chandelier turned out! (a storm blew down those siding pieces and it sticks out like a sore thumb, that is on the porch project to-do list!)
It’s a little hard to tell but this is a night time picture with the solar lights on. It really does create a cozy, romantic ambience on the front porch. We did not keep up with our total costs on this project but I believe I can safely say it is under $50 which is awesome! Now onto the next part of our front porch makeover. I’m learning to sew! I will share my next project with you later this week! Have you done a budget friendly summer project this year?
Great transformation! Thanks for linking up #SustainableSundays
What a wonderful transformation. It’s fabulous when things that might head to the landfill can be revived and made beautiful and useful.
Thank you so much for sharing with us at Sustainable Sundays! I look forward to seeing what you share with us next week.
Not only did you repurpose this project, but you made it solar too! I love it!
Wow! What a great project!!! I love that it is solar!
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How awesome?!? I love this almost as much as the tea cup sconces! I think the rope pulley, while it ended up not being needed per se, is a brilliant idea! I love the vibe and will have to figure out a way to do one of these solar chandeliers myself 🙂 Thanks for sharing with the creative challenge!
I love how you turned it into solar powered. Fantastic job it’s awesome! Thanks for linking up to Scraptastic Saturdays.
Thanks for sharing your creativity on the Art of Home-Making Mondays! Please join us again next week!
What a wonderful idea…. I love the look of it and the reusing of items for a different purpose. Thank you for sharing this. 🙂
Thanks for stopping by. We had fun on this project and are really enjoying it on our front porch!
What a neat DIY project~ thanks for sharing! I found you at the “So Much at Home” Link up and wanted to invite you to our weekly link up on the Art of Home-Making Mondays too… Hope you can join us 🙂
Thank you for the kind words and the invitation, Jes. I’m on my way to your party!
I love this idea!! What a great project! thanks so much for linking up to Create Link Inspire party! Emily
It was indeed a fun project to do with my sweet husband. Thanks for stopping by,Emily.
So cute! Projects like these always have multiple steps and to see them laid out like this is super helpful! Thank you so much for sharing on the Merry Monday Linky Party! We hope you will join us next week. – Treana from http://houseofbennetts.com
What a great idea! I can not wait to try this…Pinning it now!
Thanks Kim. Please be sure to tag me when you make one. I’d love to see yours too! Thanks for stopping by and thanks for the Pin 🙂
Wow, I can’t believe that you made this for less than $50. Such a clever idea and so unique.
Thanks for linking up with the Monday Parenting Pin It Party!
Thanks Carolin. The only purchases we made was for the chandelier and the paint which was under $50. Those thrift store finds are awesome!
What an awesome project, and all for under $50! Love the tip about the spray paint, too. I always buy it full price at Home Depot and forget that I can get a better deal at Michael’s.
This is SO cool, Shirley! I’m actually in the process of re-doing my BACK porch LOL
Very cool!! Thank you for sharing 🙂
Oh wow, I really had to go back to the first picture to see if it is the same chandelier as you bought, what a transformation! Love it, you did an awesome job!
Thanks Anna. A little paint make a big difference! It was not hard at all and very inexpensive.
That turned out beautifully!
Thank you Sarah.
Wow that’s awesome! I love that it is so budget friendly.
Thanks Logan. We enjoyed the fact that it didn’t break the budget!
I love to see things redone and spray paint is my BFF! Love what you did with the old chandelier to revive it and make it your own. It’s neat that you used the solar lights – never thought of that one!
Thanks Alli. We are sort of on the warpath around here with the power bill. Really trying to be creative with ways to cut energy cost. Since we already had the Porch makeover project underway, we thought why not make our chandelier into solar instead of with plants hanging from it!