Old Chandelier Makeover into Garden Candelier

Last week I pulled a rather sad looking chandelier out of my basement, where it has been for about 15 years. It was given to me long before that, but I never hung it anywhere.
How to make a garden chandelier tealight holder
Truth be told, I’ve never been able to refuse any freebies because I always think I’m going to do something with them, but somehow this just got put away and forgotten. Until now.

Here’s the before. The chandelier was very dirty and the metal had some rusty spots. I removed the hanging crystals long ago and had them stored in my craft room.

To remove the bulb sockets I simply bent them until they broke and then I cut the wires. I took the chandelier apart and removed all the wiring. And just like that, a ‘candelier’ was born.



I gave all the candelier parts a good wash and lightly sanded the metal parts to get rid of any loose, rusty bits. Thankfully, the rusty spots were just on the surface.



I spray primed the metal parts of the candelier with Rustoleum Ultra Cover, and then spray painted them with a lovely white paint and primer combo.



I put the candelier together how I wanted it. Notice the glass bowl on the top is now facing down. This is because this candelier will be hanging outside.



I glued on the discs – that used to hold the bulb sockets – with Marine GOOP adhesive.



Using the same adhesive, I glued espresso cups that I thrifted for $1 on to the discs. These charming espresso cups are decorated with french words and because this is a small candelier, they’re the perfect size. These cups are also able to handle the heat of the candles, which is very important.



I added the hanging crystals to finish it off.



Tea lights fit perfectly inside these espresso cups.



So you don’t have to scroll up, here’s the before again.



And here’s the after. I just love it. My ugly chandy became garden candy. It’s hanging on the back deck where we can enjoy it every day… and night.  It glows beautifully with the candle flames reflecting against the top crystals.  Night pics just didn’t do it justice, so I didn’t add any.



Here’s where it hangs… with the background of our waterlily pond and waterfall on the left, and ‘Cubby’ the carved wooden Bear on the right. The Autumn Joy sedum to the right is turning more red with every cool night. I just love this time of year. Enjoy it! I certainly plan to.


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How to make a garden chandelier tealight holder


Thanks so much for reading and until next time…

keep on keepin’ on.


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  1. Oh my goodness, Tuula! That is fantastic! I love how you added the cups. It's perfect! It looks great.

  2. I keep reading about people pulling old dusty chandeliers out of their basements and turning them into something fantastic! Now if only I could had an old chandy like that! (or a basement for that matter :))! I love what you've done with this…the teacups are just adorbs!!! Beautiful job!


  3. Hi Tuula, thanks for stopping over to visit at Quirky Vistas and checking out my vanity makeover and for following. So glad you did so I could find your blog. What a cute idea to make over the fixture that has been sitting around for so long unused, and it turned out adorable. I hope you get a lot of enjoyment out of it!

    1. Thanks so much Liz! I really appreciate you following. I just love the vanity makeover you didn and I'm looking forward to seeing your future projects.

  4. What an amazing unique transformation – perfect for your gorgeous garden!
    Your newest follower- would love to have you come by and follow back when
    you have the time!

  5. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog, I have followed you back :). I absolutely adore what you've done with this chandelier! What a creative idea, it looks wonderful! You did an awesome job. Hope you have a great rest of the week!,

    -Kayla 🙂

  6. Great job on the chandy! Beautiful inspiration! Thank you for sharing your project at Potpourri Friday!

    1. Thanks Nancy! I know… it's late in the season isn't it, butI just had to get another summer project in before fall officially arrives. Thanks so much for visiting!

  7. I absolutely LOVE this! I would have never thought to put the cups on there… it sure is cute!!! We are now following you!
    Brooke from babblingsandmore.com

  8. Tuula,I saw your link on 2805 Potpourri Friday. Love, Love Love!! the remake on your old chandelier! It's so pretty painted white and those little espresso cups are perfect! Please come over to visit and I'd love if you would follow me too! Suzy

  9. This is seriously adorable! Thanks so much for sharing at my party this week.

  10. Tuula, Left you a message on Simple & Sweet Fridays. Please try and share this inspiring post again. Hope it works this time.

    Thanks so much, Jody

  11. You are a STAR at I Gotta Create! With your own Friday Spotlight Feature! I LOVE your chandelier and having it in the garden sets such an intimate and romantic ambiance.

    Thanks so much for linking up at I Gotta Create! <3 Christina

  12. I did one of these too. I enjoy looking at the teacup and saucers and it even glows pretty when the candles are lit. Yours turned out lovely.

    1. Thanks so much Terry! On a nice evening I can sit on the back deck just looking at it for quite some time. It's so relaxing. Thanks so much for visiting.

  13. So gorgeous I am at a loss for words! I am a huge tea drinker so this appeals in all sorts of ways. Now I just need to find a chandelier I can take apart. . . So glad I found you and your blog and am now happily following you. Have a wonderful weekend and thanks for the inspiration!

    1. Thanks so much Maureen! I hope you find a chandelier you can use. We're really enjoying our evenings on the back deck with the ambience of our candelier. Thanks for stopping by and for following.

  14. That was one awesome transformation Tuula! Very creative and inspirational! For me, chandy's are like shoes for some women…I can't resist them! Heading over to FB to follow. Glad I found you from LLSD.

    1. Thanks Doreen! I have a thing for chandy's too. Mostly for the ones that need help to be lovely again. Thanks so much for following me. I appreciate it.

  15. How fun! I've been wanting to do something like this – thanks for the inspiration!

    1. You're very welcome Nancy. I'm so glad you like it. Thanks so much for visiting and commenting. I really appreciate it!

  16. I love it! I have a small chandelier I found in a tip shop but I want to make redo it for indoors. If that fails I may copy you! 🙂

  17. Wonderful! I love the idea of repurposing chandeliers in this manner. You did a great job! Thanks for sharing!

  18. Thanks so much for sharing this beautiful chandelier makeover on Simple & Sweet Fridays. Fantastic job!


  19. You've outdone yourself again!! I just love this. You are one creative lady. Thank you so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent. I am so happy to have you share again this week. 🙂

  20. Oh wow! This is so beautiful and goes so well with all of your other pieces. I want to come hang out in your garden! It must be like a Wonderland tea party! Thanks for sharing your teacup chandelier at Gettin' Krafty this week!

    1. Thanks Kathie! We do spend alot of time outside, so I love to sprinkle the gardens with whimsical touches that make us smile. Thanks so much for hosting the party!

  21. This is so clever. I would have never seen this out of that old chandelier! I love a really good chandelier redoux. Featuring at my party tomorrow, thanks so much! -K

  22. I have a beat up old chandy in my side yard (aka the project yard)…you make me want to get my tail in gear and finish it! It is supposed to go on my porch (sitting there for 2 years!!!!)

    Very pretty! Thanks for the inspiration.

    1. Thanks Holly! We're really enjoying it. I hope you get yours done so you can enjoy it on your porch, but I know how it is… so many projects, so little time. lol. Thanks so much for stopping by!

  23. Wow!!! This is precious! I'm featuring you tomorrow. Can't wait to see what you link up at It's Overflowing's party this week (Saturday at 7am). XO, Aimee

    1. Thanks Aimee! I'm just thrilled you're featuring my chandelier. It's always a pleasure to join your party. Thanks again!

    1. Thanks you so much! We've really enjoyed our candelier hanging on our back deck. Hope you find one you can use. I appreciate you visiting and commenting.

  24. Wow, this is such a fun little makeover. How neat to have a chandelier in your garden! I love the idea of using the teacups. Our Simply Create Link party is going on right now. I would love to have you link up, as I'm sure my followers would like to see what you created too. Hope to see you soon!


  25. Tara McCullough says:

    I love your creations. I have a love for anything pretty and ladylike. You have truly captured my imagination. Thank-you.
    Enjoy your day. 🙃