Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Drip, Drip, Drip...

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No, my roof's not leaking! Something else is dripping! Do you notice anything different on my chandelier up there? I added some drips to my plastic covers. I can't take credit for this wonderful idea though, I saw it on someone else's blog a long time ago. I can't remember who's blog it was so if you know, please let me know so I can give her credit.
UPDATE: Thank you Shari for letting me know that I had found this great idea on Miss Mustard Seed's Blog!

I know you can buy these covers with the drips already on them but who wants to spend money on that? Not me! As you can see in these photos, I started with plain white plastic covers that were very cheap looking! I never like the looks of these at all... CHEAP, CHEAP, CHEAP!
With just a glue gun and some spray paint they look so much better! I found the best way to make the drips was to put the glue gun where you wanted the drip to stop and squeeze a small puddle of glue there and then pull the glue gun up to the top of the cover, which is the opposite of what you think you would do. If you try starting at the top, the glue hardens before it drips so that didn't work...trust me!
After the glue hardens you can cover the whole thing in spray paint. I chose Krylon Fusion paint because it adheres to plastic. I did mine in Dover White (Satin) which is a nice antique white color.
I know it's not a drastic change but I think it looks so much better now...
Are you all looking at your chandeliers now? I know you are! haha!
Now I need to do the chandelier in my kitchen! Speaking of chandeliers...I found one at the flea market last weekend. I hope to have it up for sale on my etsy shop later today!

51 comments:

BellaRosa said...

Cindy amor, I LOVE this idea...and uhmmm how did you know I was looking at all my chandeliers??? Cause I was :) Also I wasn't sure if you had seen these or knew about them, but I have a round silver footed tray much like yours that you used at Chrismas time with things and a Cloche...I found these large cloches at Marshalls that actually fit the whole tray :) Reminds me of a beautiful cake dome for $12.99 they also had some really huge ones for $14, just thought I would share that with you. Hope your week is wonderful! Besos, Rose

ps.. if you want to see a picture, let me know and I can email it to you :)

Linda Q said...

Hi Cindy,
Great, and I have bought them before but now on my plain ones I have I might do this. Good idea.
Also I have seen old paper candle covers on antique chandeliers covered in silk ribbon which was nice also.
Linda

Elsie said...

Cindy~ You never cease to amaze me.
That is so clever. I have a huge
crystal chandelier over my table
and yes I was looking.. Did you
know Lowe's sells a spray cleaner
for crystal chandeliers that is
very very good. It is $8.95 a 16oz.
bottle. Turn light out and spray
all crystals and let dry before
you turn it on. Works Great!! It
also is good for diamonds and 14k
jewelry.:O)

licha20 said...

OMG! So easy-peasy!! Such a great idea that makes a fabulous ending.heehee
Thank you.

Susan said...

How incredibly cool is that? And so very easy.

Shari @ My Cottage of Bliss said...

When I was looking for the drippy covers for my chandelier, I ran all over town and couldn't find them in white. I ended up buying the yucky tan drippy covers and spray painted them white. THEN I saw this idea on Miss Mustard Seed's blog.

http://missmustardseed.blogspot.com/2009/09/chandelier-makeover-with-spray-paint.html

Had I only known it was this easy to create my own I would have saved myself soooo much time and trouble!

Karin said...

That's my favorite kind of makeover ~ easy and inexpensive. Great idea!

Sandy said...

Another great idea Cindy! I just realized my new colonial chandelier in my dinette has the candle drips on them (and they are golden brown in color) but...my dining room is the plain icky ones. I will have to try this treatment on my dining room chandelier.

Teacup Lane (Sandy)

AuroraSuzette said...

My chandalier in the dining room has drips. It's a great look, and one I'd never have thought to add to newer ones. So thanks to you both!

Erin said...

Super cute, very creative.

ThriftyAnnabella said...

What a great upgrade - very pretty!

chasingthesound said...

I was worried you had a leak! Great idea to spruce up those candles.

myletterstoemily said...

oh, i love that kind of dripping!

you have the loveliest ideas. thank you.

we are building a mountain home, and the first
thing i requested were chandeliers. love the
idea of combining rugged with charming.

Kansas Amy said...

What a great idea!!

Dayle said...

I just wish I had a chandelier to look at. :) Saw a couple in the anitque shop today. Way out of my budget. Yours is gorgeous.

Cozy Little House said...

As everything in your home always is, it is quite elegant and romantic, Cindy.
Brenda

Marilyn said...

Cindy,

What a great idea! Honestly, some of the most dramatic changes originate from the simplest of enhancements.

Thank you so much for the buttercream frosting recipe! Your blog is such a wealth of information. :-)

Marilyn (in Dallas)

podso said...

Amazing! Who would have thought of that! Looks really nice. Now I'm going to be aware of my dripless chandelier candles. :-) Great post.

Dixie said...

well sweet Cindy... since I try to copycat all your great ideas whenever I can.. I think you know I'll copycat this one on my copycat chandy that I bought last month! as always... thanks for sharing your wonderful ideas...and the wonderful ideas of others that you find... blessings. Dixie

kim said...

Cindy, you did a marvelous job. How clever to use a glue gun and paint. Who woulda thunk??

Glenda said...

How clever.

I purchase the kind that look older and have the drips. This looks easy to do.

I still have yet to hang mine. Don't know why, just didn't.

Ciao

Debbie said...

Clever clever!!~ I love these magnificent ideas, I would love to use that idea, if only I had a chande like that!

www.MaisonStGermain.com said...

What a fantastic idea!!!!!!Thank you for posting how you did it. I make chandeliers and am always buying the very expensive sleeves. This is just great:)
~Debra
Blog: Capers of the vintage vixens

Cindy said...

That is a great idea, who would have thought, glue and paint. Love it! Hugs, Cindy S.

Kathysue said...

Cindy that is just darn clever, you never cease to amaze me. So simple yet so affective. Lovely as always, Kathysue

PS thank you for the sweet comment about my Dining room. I really appreciate that!!

Chatelaine said...

Very clever. I would look at my chandelier if I had one.

Eventually, I will switch out some of my ceiling fans to chandeliers. Well at least the ones in the dining room and the bedroom.

Rita May said...

"God is in the details" this saying surely applies to you and how the smallest details are what change things.
Cheers! Rita

A Hint of Home said...

Hi Cindy,
That is a great idea! They turned out so well. Thanks for sharing the idea and the steps you did to make it easier.

Debbie~ said...

I looove this, it's even that much better to be able to 'do it yourself', thanks for sharing!!! Debbie@ Cottage Hann~Me~Downs

marlis said...

omg, i have an antique chandelier and was not able to find the drip covers.. so now guess what.. i am making them!

AshTreeCottage said...

Love it! Thanks for the tip. Now I will have drippy candles on all of my chandeliers!!

Love,
Susan and Bentley
xxoo

Heidi said...

Hi Cindy,
Very clever, how did you think of that? I went and checked out my crystal chandy in the kitchen right away (no drips.) The wrought iron one in the dining room is a different story. It holds 10 real candles, and I definitely do not want drips from those! It's happened before, and boy is it embarassing when the wax hits a guest on the head, or in their plate of food! Now I know to use candles from Ikea, they are dripless.
I'd love for you to stop by for a visit - it's a very quiet Wednesday Gratitude at my place!
XO
Heidi - Heart and Home

Mandy said...

Hi cindy, I stalk your blog each day! I have a question for you, I copied your idea of hanging plates in my dining area with plate hangers from target. Thank God I only had time to get one up because the today it fell and broke! CAn you tell me what you use and if you've had issues wioth that? Thanks so much, Mandy

Mary Ellen (megardengal) said...

Love this idea Cindy- I had bookmarked it a while back but never got around to trying it - will have to now!

DustyLu said...

Thank you for stopping by my blog so that I found you! Wonderful idea, fantastic blog. I love your style..off to browse ! ~lulu

KarenHarveyCox said...

What a lovely idea. It really makes such a difference for such tiny details. Thanks for the tutorial.
Karen

Beverly @ My Sew Sweet Studio said...

What a great idea, Cindy. Funny, I thought at first you meant the tear drop crystals were what you added. Your drips look so realistic. Thanks for the tutorial.

Paula said...

Oh very cool! I believe my mom had this same chandelier many moons ago!

Shabby Chic Interiors said...

You are truly a genius! You've become my idol!

Sarah

~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

Hi Cindy~ ~I too love this idea. I really want a chandy but I am having trouble finding one that I like that will fit my room. Yours is so pretty I love the crystal & Brass, must have brass!

Your blue cabinet is lovely too. I have been considering the same treatment for my china cabinetonly with red toile. Thanks for sharing.

Sarah Sarniak said...

This is a great idea! It makes them look so much better.

House and Garden Boutique said...

Very clever! I would not have thought to take that approach on creating drips. My kitchen chandelier is in need of a makeover. So that will be my Spring project......I'll keep you posted on how it turns out! Lynn

Becky from Tennessee said...

Cindy, not only is your blog a
feast for our eyes but you are
always so sweet with sharing
your ideas. Yes, I had to get
up and look at my chandeliers!
Now I'm off to heating up my
glue gun!! Thanks so much for
another wonderful tutorial!
Becky

Room Service ~ Decorating 101 said...

Your chanelier is beautiful, I love this tip. Thanks

Miss Mustard Seed said...

Oh, it looks so great! Thanks for linking up to my original post. It really does look like dripping candles, doesn't it?

JD said...

Thanks for the great idea. We've got a chandeliers in our dining room & bedroom that are just begging for this treatment! (oh no, now the living room sconces are chiming in!!) Guess I'd better get busy.

Suzanne said...

Clever, clever! I was going to BUY candle thingies w/ drips. Thank you so much for this drip-tip! :-D

DreamgirlLisa said...

What a great idea! Thanks for sharing it!

condo in Philippines said...

This is a great work. Your truly creative. Keep it up!

Deirdre G

Terri said...

That looks great. I love the idea.

Bella said...

Hi Cindy,
I used your dripping tutorial on a candlestick lamp, It worked great and was really fun! Thanks!
Tonight I joined The Shabby Chic Cottage for Transformation Thursday and posted my little lamp makeover.. and gave you a shoutout and link. Thanks for the tutorial!
Bella