Before and After: How To Redo a Chandelier

Before and After: How To Redo a Chandelier

Janel Laban
Nov 24, 2008

AT:SF Reader John Clarke Mills is just beginning to restore his 1890 San Francisco Victorian. One of his first projects was to redo this old chandelier and the AFTER is fantastic. Jump below to check out the finished project and a mini how to:

From John's blog post on the project: When my housemate and I moved into our new place we weren't thrilled with the victorian-style knockoff chandelier that was in our living room. Our friend recommended we paint it and see if we still wanted to throw it out. So, I took the idea and ran with it. Needless to say, it's definitely not getting thrown out any time soon.

Plain white lamp shades from

Make sure to try and line up the fabric seam with the seam thats already on the lamp shade. First I glued one side down where I wanted it, then I would take out all the slack and wrinkles and fold the over the other side. Dont worry about making this perfect. Once you fold over the top and button around the lamp shade rim you can deal with the rest of the slack.


Thanks for sharing the project, John!

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