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Chandelier Makeover

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We just moved into our house that we have been renting out for several years and I noticed a few things are outdated. I hated the 70's era chandelier over the dining room table because of the smoked glass. I thought of replacing it with clear, textured stained glass to get more light. I was told what I wanted would cost about $400. For this much, I could replace most of the fixtures in the whole house! We do not have the budget right now to do this.

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As we were replacing broken acrylic panels over the florescent lights in the basement, I got an idea. I bought a 2 x 2 foot acrylic panel and cut it with a utility knife to the size of the smoked glass pieces. I drilled a hole in each and hung them. You can see how much more light there is because the background of the picture got so much darker. It sparkles like diamonds now, too.

Total cost: $3.97!

By lhegs from Green Bay, WI

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February 3, 20110 found this helpful

Excellent frugal makeover! :-)

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February 3, 20110 found this helpful

Love it. That was smart thinking on your part!

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February 3, 20110 found this helpful

What a smart way to improve upon the old chandelier! You must be very "crafty" in other areas too.

Thanks for sharing with us!

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February 4, 20110 found this helpful

How smart you are, and what a nice difference your ingenuity made.

Thanks for sharing your great idea. I'm betting others will make good use of it.

Pookarina

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February 4, 20110 found this helpful

Fabulous! I am so very impressed and it looks great! It no longer looks dated. Now it is very chic! Congratulations and thanks for sharing!

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February 4, 20110 found this helpful

That is great! You have my vote!

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February 25, 20150 found this helpful

What a great idea! Makes me want to try to do something to my "80's" chandeliers.

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Anonymous
November 8, 20160 found this helpful

Your chandelier is identical to ours hanging in the foyer of our 70's era split level house! I love your fix and we're going to try it this weekend! Thank you!

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