How To: Revamp a Candelabra with Wallpaper Scraps

How To: Revamp a Candelabra with Wallpaper Scraps

Mar 12, 2008

A few weeks ago, I posted about Christiana Coop's home for Apartment Therapy. I loved her story so much — she left law to pursue a career in design — that I decided to go more in-depth and write about her for the SF Chronicle as well. When the article ran on Saturday, I noticed something in the paper's photos that was not there when I visited her fantastic apartment: a candelabra that Christiana completely updated. (Instructions and before shots below the jump.)

The metal candelabra started out plain ol' black. Christiana transformed it with some primer and red paint. Then she picked up a set of white shades from Ikea ($4 each) and traced out the shape of the shades onto the wallpaper. She used electrical tape to adhere the wallpaper to the shades — a method that allows you to easily switch out to a different pattern later on. You can see more pictures and read Christiana's detailed steps on the Ferm Living blog.

And here's another good use for leftover wallpaper bits or samples:

We spotted these decorated canisters in Anna's house tour last month.

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