Picture of Chandelier Barrel Shade Retrofit
One downside of buying a single owner home from the 80's is that the fixtures and ancillary features (trim, moulding, etc) tend to be a bit outdated. Especially when you start remodelling around those features. This was the case with the chandeliers in our kitchen/dining room/living room. The shiny faux gold plating just wasn't our thing but large chandeliers, especially new ones, are quite expensive. After a little poking around the internet my wife came up with the idea to just cover the ugly and save some cash. My wife gets a lot of credit for this project: coming up with the idea, picking materials, and helping put it together.

Step 1: Materials & Tools

Picture of Materials & Tools
  • 2x Plastic Light Fixture Covers ($7/ea, Lowes) - These are the large rectangular covers that fit into standard florescent tube light fixtures. You'll want ones that are flexible enough to bend into a large radius.
  • 2x Large Embroidery Hoops ($7/ea, Joann Fabrics) - Size accordingly. The largest size they carried in the stores we checked was 23" which was perfect for our chandelier.
  • 2 yrd Burlap Fabric ($3/yrd, Joann Fabrics) - Burlap is a good material for this because it's loose weave passes a lot of light.
  • Spray Paint (Optional, $3, Lowes) - The underside and maybe some of the top of the chandelier, as well as the chain may be visible depending on it's location so if their color doesn't fit the new look consider painting those areas. 
  • Epoxy & Hot Glue
  • Clamps
  • Scissors/Knife
  • Ladder
  • Thumbtacks - Not entirely necessary but helpful if you want to lay things out.
Boygasmo1 year ago
We have the same thing and they ugly as heck! Nice instructable! Thanks for sharing
bwrussell (author)  Boygasmo1 year ago
Wow, seems as though they were quite popular. Our house had two and my parents house has one as well.
lol I know right! I remember in mid 80's I must have been 7 to 8 years old when my parents picked those tacky chandelier. It still hangs in that kitchen to this day!
urbanmx1 year ago
Great lamp. I never knew about embroidery hoops these will be handy in other projects.
bwrussell (author)  urbanmx1 year ago
And they come in all sorts of sizes. These were the biggest I've seen but they go down to quite small as well.