DIY Orb Chandelier

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Okay, this is such an easy DIY...everyone must do this! Have you seen the orb chandeliers? I have one hanging in my living room  and I love it! They are pricey though! Ballard and Restoration Hardware both sell them and they start at $400 and go to $1000.

I recently came across this iron orb at Z gallerie. I was so surprised to pick it up and see that it was only $20! Light inspiration hit! 

 I then went hunting for a chandelier to put inside of it. I immediately thought of Restore and sure enough, they had the perfect one! Only $25!
 I hung it up outside and spray painted it in less than 30 minutes. To get the patina look of the orb, I used black and brown spray paint. I just kept do light coats alternating the colors until I got the look I wanted.

And here it is! My $45 version! We ran two of the chain links around the top of the orb to attach the pieces together. It looks a little oblong in the picture, but it is a perfect circle. 

As much as I would love to keep this one, it is for a client design. Remember this rustic office design? I can't wait to see it all lit up in its happy new home! I think the round bulbs would look best as opposed to traditional chandelier bulbs, don't you?

Here was the inspiration from Ballard.
Ballard's version at $500!
I don't think Z Gallerie is selling the orbs anymore, but I have since seen them at craft shows, so keep your eyes open! You could also do this with wood veneer strips like this one from Pottery Barn. Let me know if you decide to tackle this project!


TDC Before and After

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