Monday, June 15, 2020

A Solar Chandelier For The Pergola

A solar powered chandelier for the pergola!

When we built the pergola a couple months ago, I knew I wanted to add a chandelier.

It took a while to find a chandelier but I finally found one over the weekend at a yard sale.

It was also super cheap which is a win every time!

I wanted to give it just a little makeover before I put it outside.  I wanted to keep the rustic look, so I did very little in the makeover department.







Here's what it looked like before I started the makeover:

Creating a chippy & distressed solar powered chandelier | On The Creek Blog
Creating a chippy & distressed solar powered chandelier | On The Creek Blog
As you can tell, it was super dark!  Because I was going for the rustic look, I focused on just painting the middle (wood) part.  I left the metal parts that go out to the lights alone.

Creating a chippy & distressed solar powered chandelier | On The Creek Blog
Creating a chippy & distressed solar powered chandelier | On The Creek Blog
Because there was so very little to paint, this project ended up being the easiest project I've done in a long time!  I went with the crackle method once again.  It was super easy to apply the crackle glaze because there wasn't a lot of area to apply it on.
Creating a chippy & distressed solar powered chandelier | On The Creek Blog
I put the crackle glaze on super thick & waited until it was tacky to paint over it.  The crackle glaze did its magic & it looks so cool!
Creating a chippy & distressed solar powered chandelier | On The Creek Blog
Creating a chippy & distressed solar powered chandelier | On The Creek Blog
Creating a chippy & distressed solar powered chandelier | On The Creek Blog
Now for the solar lights!
Creating a chippy & distressed solar powered chandelier | On The Creek Blog
I just picked up a few cheap solar lights from Dollar General.  Because the solar lights wouldn't fit on their own into the existing light spots, I had to get creative.  We ended up using hot glue for  I'm not sure how well it will be long term, but right now it's holding together.
Creating a chippy & distressed solar powered chandelier | On The Creek Blog
Creating a chippy & distressed solar powered chandelier | On The Creek Blog
Creating a chippy & distressed solar powered chandelier | On The Creek Blog
It proved to be difficult to find the best place to hang the chandelier on the pergola!  I wanted it put up high, but if we did that, you really couldn't see the chandelier!  We ended up just shortening the chain to almost nothing & hanging it on the lowest area right inside the pergola.  Although it's not the most practical place for the chandelier, at least it's visible!
Creating a chippy & distressed solar powered chandelier | On The Creek Blog

Creating a chippy & distressed solar powered chandelier | On The Creek Blog
Creating a chippy & distressed solar powered chandelier | On The Creek Blog

Creating a chippy & distressed solar powered chandelier | On The Creek Blog
I think this solar chandelier turned out super cute!



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