(for the grunge people...its fancy, it's victorian, ...just deal with it).
Step 1: Materials and stuff
Nothing in this tutorial is essential, feel free to experiment. I did. Go raid the thrift stores for all the brass you can find.
brass stuff (chandelier, lamp, candlestick, bucket, towel rack supports, coathook, screws, nuts, bolts)
1/4" wooden doweling
gorilla glue or equivalent
spraypaint (gold, copper)
jigsaw or equivalent
screwdrivers,hammer, needle nose pliers, metal file, vice grips, punch (+ random regular tools to suit)
old phonebook or large chunk of wood