I Turned My Gold Swag Light into a Chandelier…It Only Took 28 Years

The year was 1991. We received a gold swag light from my in-laws. That is why the picture us blurry and grainy. They didn’t have digital cameras back then. I had two children and we made Christmas cookies with two of the neighbor’s children. (Unfortunately, I do not have pictures of each step.)

Swag light over mom making cookies with kids

  1. 1999 – Replaced the globes with larger ones.
  2. 2008 – Painted the globes cobalt blue with glass paint.
  3. 2012 – Spray painted the metal and chain a matte black. Then I dabbed matte brown paint and antique gold paint on it to mimic “oil-rubbed bronze.”
  4. 2013 – Installed a white snap-on, cord cover to hide the chain.
  5. 2014 – Turned the metal arms to point up instead of down.
  6. 2015 – Painted the raised features antique gold to highlight them.
  7. 2016 – Added Christmas ornament drops.
  8. 2017 – Added Star Christmas ornaments.
  9. 2018 – Moved the light up to the ceiling and tightened the chain.
  10. 2019 – Added oval, faceted Christmas ornament drops and round, faceted Christmas ornament drop to the center.

Chandelier with valance behind it

My point is…ask yourself, “What can I do to make me love you?” Don’t dispose of it – DIY it! I dreamed of a chandelier and made my own.

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