You don't have to call the electrician if a chandelier has bad wiring. We found a pretty floral pendant that had seen better days--the wiring was frayed and the glass globe was missing. But it was such a deal at $25 that we couldn't resist. And when we saw we could flip it over and stand it on a table, we decided to turn that broken castoff into a kooky candelier!
Once you've found a chandelier with a level base, remove the bulbs.
Unscrew the hanger and remove any light bulb sockets. Loosen and remove all the electrical wires, using snips to cut them out if necessary.
Clean the entire chandelier with Formula 409.
Take your chandelier with you to shop for the right size pillar candle for the center. (If your chandelier has multiple arms with smaller sockets, look for tapers instead.)
Set your chandelier on the center of your dining table, fit it with your candle(s), and let there be light!
Before: A Pendant Lamp Missing Its Globe
Color Me Beautiful
If your bargain light fixture has a horrible paint job, simply spray-paint the whole thing! The shape of the flowers and leaves will really pop when they're all one color. Try a stylish hue, like Krylon's Blue Ocean Breeze or Totally Tangerine.