Wednesday, June 13, 2012

The secret life of an outdoor chandelier.....



Do you see this beauty?  (please ignore crazy shape on left side.... its not noticeable when hanging!)


Another view... at twilight


At night....


complete with its own lace work


it started out life as this
a lowly tomato cage....
(bought at a yard sale as a bundle... $2 for the stack which amounted to 12!!!)

plus old wire, plastic beads, old crystals from a chandelier at a previous house (movers packed them unbeknownst to us and the new owners said to keep them), a hanging light kit (available at Lowe's) for the living room but it never looked right in there. Oh and a bit of leftover ORB spray paint.

The only purchase was an Edison light but which hardly cost anything as I had a $5 off coupon due to light bulbs that lasted months instead of years like they were guaranteed. 

And here is another view...
my dear sweet husband enjoying a book after having been sick for the past two weeks.  

(our friend little lace makers.... well they spin new webs each evening and we never have an issue with bugs!)

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31 comments:

  1. Very cool! Such a unique light. I can't believe it started as a tomato cage!

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  2. Very, very clever. I think it's adorable and I was shocked to find out it started as a tomato cage!

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  3. Discovered you over on The Shabby Creek Cottage. Very cute project! It looks fantastic on your porch.

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    1. Angela,
      Thank you so very much for stopping by! Isn't Gina just the sweetest thing ever? And she always has such cute ideas... she is a true inspiration to me! And once again thank you!

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  4. truly orginal! hope you come share it and participate in our linky party: http://www.finecraftguild.com/party/

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    1. I stopped over and found some really cute ideas! Thank you for the invitation.

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  5. You certainly have a vision that sees something where nothing was previously. It's so cool! Found you at My Repurposed Life.
    Liz

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  6. Love your tomato cage chandelier/bug zapper! I knew spiders served a purpose beyond just scary the bajeezus out of me and my daughter ...

    :)

    Linda

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  7. Oh how fun! I would have never thought about making that tomato cage into a light fixture. You did such a great job!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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  8. Very pretty and creative. Love it! Saw it at My Repurposed Life's party.

    Shasta @InTheOldRoad

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  9. discovered your blog at nifty thrifty sunday. i am so inspired now to make my own chandelier. i'm convinced i can do it. now i just need my husband to get on board ! beautifully done :)
    ~ jackie

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  10. This is very very cute! I hope your hubbie appreciates its junky thrifty beauty.

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  11. How clever =) So cute!

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  12. Hi. I'm visiting from Frugal Friday. This is pure genius! I absolutely love it.

    Carolyn
    {my simple messterpiece}

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  13. Clever indeed! I've seen many uses for a tomato cage. Yours is the best one yet!

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  14. You are just so talented!! What a unique and beautiful light!! I hope your husband is feeling better.

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  15. That looks so cool! What an amazing idea.

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  16. What an awesome repurpose! I have some of those cages just sitting in our shed. I might have to pull them out and actually use them now/ ;)

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  17. Love your pretty and clever take on a tomato cage! Looks right out of Anthropologie!

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  18. Super job re-purposing a tomato cage!!

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  19. Loved the chandelier!!!
    Amazing what we have lying around, eh?
    Found you featured at Fine Craft Guild!

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  20. I love this. It is so pretty. I was wondering if you would link it in my Wednesdays Adorned From Above Blog Hop. Here is the link:

    http://www.adornedfromabove.com/2012/06/natural-aftershave-and-wednesdays.html

    I would love to have anything that you would like to link.
    Sincerely,
    Debi Bolocofsky
    www.adornedfromabove.com
    Adorned From Above

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  21. I love this chandelier! What a clever idea!
    You will be featured at this week's {nifty thrifty sunday}!
    Have a wonderful weekend!
    xo! Vanessa

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  22. Oh wow, Peggy! It's gorgeous and what a beautiful idea! Easy and inspiring! Love it! I'm featuring it in this week's highlights. ;) Thanks so much for sharing your creativity!

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  23. This is so cute! Looks like something straight from Anthro! Great idea.

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  24. So pretty! what a terrific idea. I love a bit of bling outside too C:

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  25. I had to visit not only for the tomato cage light...which is awesome {I pinned it} but also for the sweet name of you website. Very creative.

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  26. I have listed your posting as one of my featured links for this week on my Friday Favorite Blog Links

    http://www.adornedfromabove.com/2012/09/cosmopolitans-for-fridays-happy-hour.html

    Visit my blog to grab your featured blogger button.

    Sincerely,
    Debi Bolocofsky
    www.adornedfromabove.com

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  27. Would love to know how you made this into a shade... I have the tomato cages... is it just bent? Do you do any cutting? Thanks

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    1. Cheryl,
      Thank you so very much for stopping by. I will answer and if you have any other questions please feel free to e-mail me!! I cut the tomato cage just below the smallest ring. After making those 3 cuts I bent the long pieces so that they crossed over and formed a triangular opening which holds the light. I had a spool of old wire that was simply wrapped around the frame itself onto which the crystals were hung. After everything was said and done I ended up reinforcing the top with additional wire to better secure the hanging light kit. If I had to do it again I would eliminate the three long pieces all together and just use wire to make a grid from which to suspend it or cut out the support from an old lamp shade to secure the light kit to and then bend those wires around the top of the tomato cage frame. I would also recommend wearing gloves and making sure your wire cutters are sharp! My spool of wire was old and rusty but I love how that just adds to the patina! HOpe this helped! Like I said if you have any questions whatsoever please do not hesitate to contact me!! Once again thank you for stopping by!

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