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A DIY Farmhouse Fan - how to turn an ugly fixture into something fancy!

Have you ever wanted something so bad you could taste it, but it was not going to work with your budget? When we made over our one Master Bedroom Closet into a separate His and Hers  – I wanted a gorgeous, sparkly chandelier in my she-chic closet, but, sadly, it wasn’t in the budget.

I was bummed. Let down. Honestly, a bit heart broken.

My vision for what I wanted my closet to look like wasn’t going to happen – until I stumbled upon a vintage find I had stashed away from a garage sale and inspiration struck!

Well, actually, it was a side-tracked inspiration.

I shared with you how I made our boring ceiling fan into a farmhouse-y feature.

A DIY Farmhouse Fan - how to turn an ugly fixture into something fancy!

When I saw how cute that vintage mesh basket looked with those crystals – I knew I could create my chandelier I wanted!  Here’s how I did it!

Supplies for DIY Chandelier

Vintage mesh basket – Like this one on etsy
Mini Pendant Light kit – Lowe’s
Crystal Pendant Globe – Lowe’s
Crystal Teardrop Garland – Hobby Lobby
Crystal Ornaments – Hobby Lobby

I’ve added an affiliate link below to similar items you can purchase online.


This blogger takes an ordinary mesh basket and turns it into something stunning!

First I took one of the baskets and a pendant light kit I purchased from Lowe’s.

This blogger takes an ordinary mesh basket and turns it into something stunning!

The light kit wires up to any standard ceiling fixture and can be easily separated to adjust the length – which is perfect if you want to add the basket like I did!

This blogger takes an ordinary mesh basket and turns it into something stunning!

At the base of the fixture is a threaded cover. Just simply unscrew it….

This blogger takes an ordinary mesh basket and turns it into something stunning!

and separate from the base plate.

This blogger takes an ordinary mesh basket and turns it into something stunning!

Now you can pull the cord completely from the base allowing you to thread it through the mesh basket.

This blogger takes an ordinary mesh basket and turns it into something stunning!

The center hole in my mesh basket was wide enough for the cord to go through easily, but yours may need a bit of adjusting depending on the size of your basket.

This blogger takes an ordinary mesh basket and turns it into something stunning!

One I had the basket on the light fixture, I simply repeated the above steps in reverse to reassemble the light kit.

Now for the fun part!

This blogger takes an ordinary mesh basket and turns it into something stunning!

I went to Hobby Lobby and found lots of acrylic crystals and sparkly things in their wedding decor aisle. I also scoured my Christmas ornaments for any crystal type of ornament and got to work.

This blogger takes an ordinary mesh basket and turns it into something stunning!

Here’s a tip – set your basket in a vase or something tall the you can easily turn to add the crystal drops.

This blogger takes an ordinary mesh basket and turns it into something stunning!

I separated each crystal from the strand it came on.

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Then I added jump rings to each individual crystal. You can find the jump rings in the jewelry findings area at your craft store.  They are easily bendable and great to work with.

This blogger takes an ordinary mesh basket and turns it into something stunning!

I just added them around the edge of my basket, making sure to even space each crystal.

This blogger takes an ordinary mesh basket and turns it into something stunning!

It’s looking so good!

This blogger takes an ordinary mesh basket and turns it into something stunning!

Next I wanted to create depth by adding crystals to the inside of the basket. This is where the ornaments and other dangling crystal you find come into play.

There’s no exact method – just use your eye and create a look you love with the items you have. I had to use trial and error to get the look I wanted, but it only took me about 45 mins to assemble all the crystals to get a look I loved.

This blogger takes an ordinary mesh basket and turns it into something stunning!

Now we can hang it up! We removed the old, ugly fluorescent light that was in the closet.

*I’ll stop here to give a disclaimer. We are not licensed electricians and don’t feel qualified to give out electrical advice. You can find lots of tutorials on the world wide web teaching you how to wire a light, or you can contact a local electrician to wire the light for you.

So, since we aren’t pros – we’re going to skip the wiring step.

This blogger takes an ordinary mesh basket and turns it into something stunning!

Since our electrical box was right next to the door, we had the length of the pendant cord to allow us to place it in the center of our closet’s ceiling.

We hung the mesh baskets with hooks that were screwed into the stud for security. We added some clips that we found in our tool box to help hold the cord against the ceiling.

They are hard to see, but if you look closely, you can see that white u-clip just above the basket.

This blogger takes an ordinary mesh basket and turns it into something stunning!

There she is in place – isn’t it pretty?!

This blogger takes an ordinary mesh basket and turns it into something stunning!

The last step was to add the crystal globe.  There are lots of different types of shades, cages and globes you can use with these pendant light kits and I chose this sparkly one.

This DIY chandelier has been such a fun project!

This blogger takes an ordinary mesh basket and turns it into something stunning!

Jen from Noting Grace shares her Master Bedroom reveal for the One room challenge and how they added a second closet to their bedroom.

Just look how she glows!

I adore it so much, that I’ve named her.  She is affectionately called my She-Chandy!

Jen from Noting Grace shares her Master Bedroom reveal for the One room challenge and how they added a second closet to their bedroom.

It’s like jewelry for my ceiling. I love how my closet looks pulled together with it’s new DIY chandelier.

To see how the other closet turned out for our Master Bedroom Makeover, you can read all about that here.

And don’t forget to check back on Monday when I’m sharing my tutorial for my fun, flowery, focal wall.

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This blogger takes an ordinary mesh basket and turns it into something stunning! A fun tutorial for a DIY Chandelier,

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