Painted Wood Chandelier Beads from
I'm having fun repurposing all the thrifted wood bead seat covers! So how about some easy magnetic chandelier beads?
These are a quick and easy way to transform a chandelier. I had considered doing something like this for quite a while but until now, I hadn't gotten around to it. I love that they are easy to remove so I can change them as I please.
Not all chandeliers parts are magnetic so if you want to make the magnetic add ons, double check your chandelier first.
I purchased magnetic findings for the project about 8 months ago from Michaels and I had everything else from miscellaneous projects and owning a bead store.
~Magnetic findings (make sure they are the strong ones with neodymium magnets)
~Roll of 22 or 24g wire (make sure the wire you choose fits through the link hole on the finding)
~2 needle nose pliers
~Wood Beads (I used the beads from my thrifted wood bead seat covers seen here)
If you want to paint the beads like mine, you will also need the following:
~Annie Sloan Paint in Old White, French Linen and Graphite
~Rub'n'Buff in Gold Leaf
You'll need two magnetic findings for each chandelier strand, buy extra because you may want to make more if you like the quick change as much as I do. The finish of the findings didn't matter in the end because I painted right over them.
I made one strand and tested it. Once I knew what length I needed, I went ahead and pre cut enough pieces so they were ready to go. I didn't start the project knowing that I was going to paint the beads so I used a metal finish that would match the chandelier.
The needle nose beading pliers are not necessary but are very helpful.
The wire wrapping to link the finding doesn't need to be pretty because it will be hidden by the beads, just make sure the wrap you do is secure.
I made the first set and then decided to paint them to see how they would look. I wanted to make sure I shared the unpainted version too.
We bought these chandeliers from Overstock for about $130 each a couple years ago. I looked them up to see if they still had them so I could post a link. I was shocked to find that they are now up to $414 each! I'm glad we bought them when we did! You can find the chandelier here. I wanted as much lighting as I could get in my kitchen and these really provide a lot of light. The burlap cord covers are from Pottery Barn and you can find them here. I wanted to hang something from the bottom middle but it isn't magnetic there.
Here is the natural compared to the crusty chippy painted version.
I used a series of 5 steps to get my crusty paint finish and here is what each stage looks like. It may seem time consuming but it went very fast because when you use the paint straight, it dries pretty quickly. You can always use a hair dryer to speed up the process but they don't have to be perfectly dry between each step.
I didn't dilute the paint down at all. The thicker the paint, the more crusty it will end up.
I started by dry brushing the strands with the Annie Sloan Old White in kind of a violent stippling motion. I dipped my brush into my container and then blotted some off onto a paper plate before I applied the paint. It will leave a little natural showing through.
As I got through all of the strands with the Old White, I did the same thing with the French Linen but with little less coverage.
When you get to the Graphite, blot the brush even more off to apply even less to the strand. It's quite a bit darker so you don't want to apply too much and render your previous steps pointless.
After applying the Graphite, take the sanding block and lightly sand up and down each strand randomly. This step helped make the paint look worn and less intentional.
After sanding the strands, squeeze a little of the Rub'n'Buff onto your paper plate, smoosh a little on your finger and start rubbing the gold on. You should probably use gloves for this, but I didn't. I kind of rubbed it in as I applied it.
Then hang them where you want and step back to take a look!
I played with the placement a little and decided the I preferred the strands following the direction of the arms rather the going around which is how I originally had them.
I ended up adding a second row and I love them!
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So which strands do you prefer? Natural or painted?