Repurposed Brass Lighting Fixture turned Outdoor Candle Chandelier

Repurposed Brass Lighting Fixture turned Outdoor Candle Chandelier

Candlelit summer nights on the deck are pretty awesome. When we built our deck last year I envisioned a chandelier of some sort hanging from the upper deck to cast a little ambiance onto the seating area below. As I looked at a few different options I wasn’t that please with the light given off by the regular bulbs that many of the fixtures required. There were a few chandeliers that had candle glass shades, which I love, but of course they were pretty expensive not to mention, any hardwired fixture would require running additional electric.

I sat on the idea until I came across a brassy chandelier this spring at a local thrift sale. With a little alterations I knew the $5 fixture could be re-purposed into something that would possibly suffice.

The gleaming chandelier was a typical builder’s grade brassy 18th century style piece of work. I removed the socket covers, tore out the sockets and cut all the electrical wires. Since I planned on using the candle cups, I removed them and set them aside.

I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to check out the new Krylon Dual™ Paint + Primer. I cleaned the chandelier and gave it a quick coat of this all in one spray in black satin. I didn’t spend the time to sand or de-gloss the brass and this paint covered it perfectly leaving a smooth durable finish. It is made for outdoor use too which was a plus.

I made a quick trip to the hardware store to pick up some nuts that fit the ends of each arm. One nut was screwed onto the threads of each arm and then the original candle cups were placed on top. The bottom nuts were necessary to provide something for the candle cups to sit on and prevent them from sliding down the arm.

A second nut was placed on top the candle cup to secure it in place.

Once the nuts were in place the chandelier received another coat of paint to make all the new parts unnoticeable.

The glass votive holders were picked up at the dollar store. Working with one holder at a time, a good amount of outdoor construction adhesive was squirted onto the bottoms…

…and another dollop was squirted onto the top of each candle cup.

Then the holders were firmly put in place. The construction adhesive filled any of the gaps that were created by adding the nuts. Once all the holders were in place, the adhesive was then left to cure for several days. {due to the excessive amount of adhesive used, it was important to leave it cure for an adequate amount of time – in a dry place; indoors, out of the elements}

Of course it has been cloudy here for the past week or so and the bright sunshine is no where to be found….but since we are closing in on the end of summer, I had to work with what I had and take the final picture anyway.

For now I put Flameless Ivory Wax Candles in each of the holders – my husband is a little frightened with me hanging open flames under his wooden masterpiece – so these work perfectly. They were purchased from Amazon, made by the Gerson Company, and come in a set of three. I really like that they are made from hand-poured wax and the melted appearance around each of the tops make them look like the real deal.

The lights flicker just like real flames too. I couldn’t be any happier with how this one turned out!

Have a wonderful week ~ Enjoy.


  1. Just love it.

  2. gorgeous! I love making candelabras from old chandys! Yours turned out fabulous!

  3. I love your chandelier! You did such a great job. I had to let a chandelier go a few months ago because I didn’t have any place outside where I could hang it and let it serve as lighting for a seated area. I love that you have the upper deck to hang your chandelier from for the seating area below.

  4. What a great idea! Love this!

  5. Hi Stephanie Lynn! Aren’t you the smartest one! I love this and the flameless candles are just perfect! When I saw your snap of the lit candles I was thinking – now she is going to have to take that chandy down and how is she going to take the candles out since she’s glued down the glass cups? You thought of everything. Now please don’t throw up or anything, but I have that same brass chandy except mine has two tiers of arms in my foyer. Shh…don’t tell any one! 🙂
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

  6. It looks great. Maybe one day we’ll finally get working on our back patio.

  7. Your chandelier is gorgeous! I would never have guessed that those were flameless candles. Lesa

  8. Beautifully done!!! Kathy

  9. Another job well done! Love it!
    ‘hugs from afar’

  10. It looks fabulous. Such a creative idea. I love the candles too. Beautiful. Hugs, Marty

  11. So pretty, love the glow!

  12. They look great!

  13. Those are the best-looking flameless candles I have ever seen! The whole project is JUST BEAUTIFUL!!! Thank you so much for sharing it with us.

  14. Is awesome! You did a great job and better idea! Thanks for share it!


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