Farmhouse Chandelier DIY | How To Build Using Cheap & Free Items

Farmhouse Chandelier DIY | How To Build Using Cheap & Free Items


Coming up on this episode of “Designed to the Nines” I’m going to show you how I took some tuna cans a couple of cookie sheets and dog chains from The Dollar Tree and built this designer knock off Chandelier for fraction of the cost using some power tools for my “Girls Can Use Power Tools Challenge”… if that sounds good to you Stay tuned Welcome to “Designed to the Nines”… I’m NataLee Callahan And if this is the first time we’re meeting welcome to my channel! If you like learning about all things DIY and home decor then you’re in the right place and they’ve asked you to consider subscribing to my channel below and Turning the notifications on because I post weekly tutorials on all of these topics this week’s episode I’ve been promoting for about a month now and I am just over the moon excited about it and that is my girls can use power tools challenge and it is in the attempt to Empower women to feel comfortable using power tools and to use them more. And my first co-host is my good friend Lisa Burningham Her channel’s amazing. She does all kinds of party ideas home decor and it’s a very fun Channel I know you’re gonna love I’m gonna put her link below in the description box Make sure once you’re done watching this video and Lisa’s video To check out all of the videos on the playlist because I’ve got a lot of really talented and amazing women Participating in this challenge and if you missed it this month, make sure you check back with us It will be on the last Monday of every month going forward So I am so excited about that before we get started on my project I wanted to tell you kind of how this whole challenge came to be… a couple of months ago I went into the store to buy a new saw and as I was checking out I bought an Extended warranty. Well, my husband was with me He kind of took off with it to put it in the car and the cashier kept saying to me well, if your husband wants to cash in anything with the warranty, he can do this… he can do that… and I was like The saw is for me! and so I just thought that was funny that she you know automatically assumed that the was for my husband… and I’m like You know… girls can use power tools too! That’s how this challenge came to be I wanted to empower other women to get out there and use power tools a little bit more and not be so scared of them That is a long introduction So let’s get into the project So if you two think that girls should be using power tools more… put “girl power” down in the comments section below! For my project today. I am going to be knocking off… again… a designer item. This time it’s from Ballard Designs. I found a beautiful chandelier that was five hundred and twenty nine dollars and I really loved it, but I wanted to see if I can do it for a lot less I’m going to be using some really interesting items! I think you might even actually question my sanity a little bit when I pull out some of the items that I’m gonna use But that’s what you got to do is you got to get creative. You got to think outside of the box But I promise you that they’re gonna work and it’s gonna be a lot of fun I’m going to show you three interesting things that I’m using The first is I’m going to be using some cookie sheets from the Dollar Tree I think they’re going to really work for a part of our project and then I’m using three of these a six foot dog tie out cable So like a dog chain from the Dollar Tree again And so and then finally and this is a little bit odd. I am using eight Tuna cans like empty tuna cans. So we’ve had a lot of tuna sandwiches recently Okay, so we’re going to start by building the frame of the chandelier first And I picked up three of these 36 inch long one and a half by one and a half inch poplar pieces of lumber from Home Depot We are going to keep two of them the original length and then we are going to take the third one and cut it directly In half… we’re going to just go ahead and mark that and make that cut now. So a couple quick safety tips, normally I have some clear Protective eyewear for my saw I couldn’t find them So we’re gonna make do with my sunglasses, but that’s just to prevent any sawdust from getting in your eyes in between each use I always unplug it because I have little people around and I just don’t want them accidentally, you know Turning it on Like that and Hurting themselves, even if I’m gonna only be away from it for just a second. We’re gonna be building the frame for the chandelier I didn’t want anything exposed like in the way of nails or anything on the end so what we’re going to do is we are going to insert dowels inside the joint to keep it all nice and Put together. We’re going to take the one of the long ones and we were going to Take a nail and put it in about the center tap it into place Make sure it’s nice and level and then you take some wire Clippers You clip off the head of the nail so then it’s kind of sharp and Then we’re going to line it up on this table and then we take our hammer and Tap it into place and what that’s going to do is make a mark where your starting hole should be and then we can just take This nail And pull it out. So now you’ve got a starting point for each joint Drill nice and straight and Then we do the same thing to this So roughly this is going to work we’re probably going to need to do a little sanding around the joints But that’s okay before we glue this together and finalize it Then you’re just gonna add some wood glue in the holes And if I can little bit gets through that’s okay, cuz then it will help strengthen that joint. for a much tighter joint I highly recommend using a clamp. So I’ve let my frame dry overnight so I’m gonna take off the clamp now and then what we’re going to do is we’re going to sand the frame because we want a Nice, smooth surface. Using a sander makes it so much faster! So I decided to move the party inside Because I didn’t know how the humidity and heat would work with the stain. I’m doing it in our guest bathroom because this is an area that is not getting used right now and then I can also turn On the fans for circulation and all of that I’m gonna put on some gloves to protect my fancy manicure that I still don’t have no, I’m just doing this because it’s gonna get messy and I don’t want to have a stain all over my hands and then I’ve Got a cast-off sock that its partner probably got eaten by it my dryer… like so many socks do! Just gonna dunk my hand in the stain and I’m just using a gel stain because I thought it would work A little bit better and give us a nice thick coat And that is going on very dark Which is kind of good because that’s kind of what I wanted if you like this t-shirt and you want a chance to get it for free stick with me to the very end and I will Tell you how you can do it the next step in the process is creating the iron strapping that was on the wood frame and you’re gonna need protective gloves for this step because you’re gonna be Exposed to some sharp edges and it’s really important to protect your hands. So you don’t get cuts. They’re not very expensive at all and definitely worth it! Then you’re gonna take your tin snips and cut off the lip of the cookie sheet Leaving just the bottom part. Then you’re gonna take that part and cut two and a half inch strips Then you are ready to spray paint which we will just spray paint all of the tuna cans anything that’s gonna be metal we’re going to use the left over spray paint from my project last week and Spray everything a nice flat iron looking black So I’ve let everything dry for several hours and hopefully it is all dry enough to do my next step We’re gonna start with the iron… the iron! (laughing) the pretend iron! Strapping that was made from cookie sheets, and we’ve sprayed it in that outdoor Flashing that black is I’m going to start on the inside. So the rough side is right underneath the tuna can. Tuna can! Oh my goodness! And so we’re gonna just fold it around And get it on there and it should just Bend really nicely and then we’re gonna put a little pressure and pull it up and bend it all the Way around and then what I’m gonna do is I’m gonna make a little mark here and then I’m gonna grab my tin snips that I left inside so I’m gonna go grab those and I’m gonna take this off so we are gonna Trim it to fit. To kind of keep everything in place I’m going to take my tuna can and I’ve kind of punched a little hole in this. Set this on top… so I am going to drill a pilot. So that is set Then I’m gonna switch my tip to a Traditional tip. I’m just using drywall screws. I had them on hand. You could probably use whatever you want And then we are gonna drill this right into place. Look at that So that is on there good That will help the fake iron strap to stay in place good. and we’ll do that all the way along so you can see right here have a little bit of an issue and I did know that this was gonna happen and What it is is it’s just where this seam is meeting up and I’ve got some you know e6000 on there But it doesn’t want to stay down because it wants to bend out so my solution for this and it’s also kind of an aesthetic thing as well On the Original there’s some nail heads and I just am going to… I took these thumbtacks and I sprayed them the same color So I press those in and not only does that hold it into place, but it adds kind of an aesthetic as well. So and Anywhere that I’m scratching on this iron work. I’m planning on going back in and Touching it up Next I drill pilot holes into the wooden round in a square shape for the hooks that will hold the chain supports Then I place another thumbtack in the center for an added decorative touch So on the edges I come in two and a half by three quarters of an inch We’re gonna pre-drill the screws for the hooks where we are going to attach our cables All right So I’m getting ready to hang my light fixture and I had my husband come out earlier and help me mark where we were gonna need to put it because it was kind of a two-person job because we had to kind of Center in between the two light fixtures you can see and Apparently she did not want me to miss where he marked. So I need to determine whether or not there’s a stud up there So I’m going to use a stud finder that would be most ideal because obviously that would be the most secure If not, I do have a toggle that I can put into the drywall which would support up to 50 pounds worth of weight Which should be more than plenty because my light fixture is nowhere near that So let’s go see if there’s a stud… there’s a stud in my house. Let’s see if there’s a stud up there. No stud Alright so we’re gonna be using the toggle so I wanted to show you before I hung it that I Attached the cables to the hooks right here and over here and so on all corners and then I Connected it Right there as well So one of the reasons I had Lisa come over… other than the fact I like to hang out with her. She’s pretty much awesome! Is I need help hanging my chandelier. It’s really kind of a two-person job. So if you wouldn’t mind helping me… Lisa: “Yes! Let’s Do It!” Thank you so much!!! (Lisa: You’re welcome!) Check out our channel guys!! So my project is done. It’s hung I am So thrilled oh it turned out I feel like it’s a really good dupe and a really good knockoff of the Ballard Design one. My version came in at around $60 there is a way to do it for about half the cost and that would include Switching out the candles for some from the Dollar Tree. This is the Dollar Tree version and this is my version now the reason I went with these candles is because the Dollar Tree one you would have to manually turn on each and every time you use it you have to get up and And switch that out my version You actually can turn on with a remote and off with a remote. So it’s really cool They’re a little bit beefier. I’m really glad I spent the extra money. But if you’re looking for a little bit more budget-friendly solution switch out for the Dollar Tree candles If you wanted to participate in this challenge and you either don’t have a youtube channel Or you just couldn’t make it happen this month There’s still a way for you to participate Just go over to Instagram post a picture of yourself with your favorite power tool with the hashtag Girls can use power tools. We will be selecting someone from that group to get a free t-shirt just like this So if you want a chance to do that Or if you just want to participate in the fun Then go to Instagram and do that as well If you don’t want to do that you can also just comment on your favorite power tool in the comments section below and we will also be Selecting somebody from the comments as well Lots of ways to participate and really support and empower women to use power tools because we can use them too! Right?! It’s so much fun. I can’t even tell you the first time. I used a nail gun. I I was like where has this been my entire life?! I hope you learned something today I hope you got some inspiration and I hope that you could join me each and every week for all of my fun adventures in DIY and decor. More dupes! More decor! More DIY! I’ve got you covered. Thank you so much for watching. I hope to see you again next week!

100 thoughts on “Farmhouse Chandelier DIY | How To Build Using Cheap & Free Items

  1. My husband has always had power tools around, so I have most tools to use as I need them. I do remember how intimidating some are though. Through the years I have collected quite a few of my own. My favorite at the moment is my brad nailer. I have been making a few signs lately and it is great for framing. GIRL POWER!

  2. I'm just starting to add power tools, my fave and only one so far is my nail gun, OMG what a game changer!

  3. So love this came out awesome I love power tools as well have so many! All I do is diy and craft

  4. My cordless drill is my favorite power tool. Girl power! My husband and I like to work on projects together as a team, itโ€™s fun.

  5. This is fantastic!! Love it ๐Ÿ˜ btw Iโ€™m Bella nice to meet you โค๏ธ come on by and say hi ๐Ÿ‘‹

  6. My hubby is not a power tool (or any tool!) user. All of the tools at our house are mine. I grew up around them. My father had a GREAT shop! I didn't learn to really use them until I got married and started renovating our homes, so I collected them along the way as needed. GIRL POWER!!!

  7. Hi coming over from Mrs. Vee's channel to show some love and support. This is a great challenge watching the playlist now. Big thumbs up.

  8. This turned out so amazing! Iโ€™ve learned that you are very talented and youโ€™re way above average for the YouTubers DIYโ€™s. Very upscale and gorgeous! I love Ballard Designs. TFS!๐ŸŒบ

  9. Have no idea how to use them but Girl Power on … you may have inspired me (hope I donโ€™t break my husbands. Lol

  10. Yeah girl power! I love the teeshirt! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Your lighting decor came out beautifully and looks great in the space. I canโ€™t wait to participate in one of the upcoming months – great idea! ๐Ÿ’•๐ŸฐMaria

  11. WoW WoW WoW!!! Awesome, just adore it, go you!
    As a life long DIY fanatic I was missing using my usual power tools after being struck with illness, I didn't have the dexterity to safely control so I just last week invested in a secondhand 'unused' Twist-A-Saw with multiple functions and ease of use, can't wait to get chopping/cutting/drilling/routing/sanding lol! Loving your dupes and can do attitude! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿต๏ธ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒบ

  12. Iโ€™m crazy mad in love with your chandelier!!! Iโ€™m a DIYer but I never wouldโ€™ve thought I could taken on a challenge like this, that is until I saw you do it. Iโ€™ve never used a power tool but Iโ€™m feeling inspired. This old dog is gonna learn some new tricks~
    Love you and your channel, both are amazing ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks for sharing!!!

  13. Nata lee, thank you so much for the safety tips when using power saw. I will have to remember my safety glasses next time. You did an amazing job recreating that beautiful chandelier. I'm looking forward to next challenge, my favorite tool is my drill!!!GIRL POWER,TFS

  14. Girl power! Iโ€™m still trying to find a brad nailer that uses a battery ๐Ÿ”‹ only. I think I want the one from Home Depot by Ryobi

  15. Girl power! My new favorite power tool is a power washer! Discovered it when we decided to power wash cedar shingles before preparing them to paint!

  16. Luv your chandelier Natalee, it's beautiful,๐Ÿ˜ I like the idea of using the sheet pans from the $tree for strapping. Awesome job. Thanks for inviting me to join in on the fun. I really enjoyed participating in your collab & thanks for hosting!!!๐Ÿ’ž

  17. Wow So cool and beautiful Chandelier you made Natalee. I really love it. You are such a creative and talented creator. I had done mine as well for this challenge. Hopefully, you will like it and thank you for inviting me and thank you for hosting this wonderful challenge. Hugs ๐Ÿค— โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ

  18. Love what you did!! I didn't quite understand what you did for the middle piece that is hanging the fixture. Is it just a wooden round?? As for the power tools…"This girl can use a power tool". All my friends tease me that I'm too prissy to use a power tool!! So much for that!! I will use a power tool, or two, or three etc.!!! Love your videos and LOVE your t-shirt!! I want to sport that around in the major big box hardware stores!!!!! Just bought a miter saw and can't wait to get going on it! That hand saw and miter box was killing me!! <3 Oh, almost forgot, my favorite is my mini miter saw that I use to cut all my dowels, small wooden pieces, metal dowels, logs etc. It saves a ton of time!!!

  19. Love this I bought my husband a complete overhaul of new power tools 2 christmas ago but so far I have used then 95 percent of the time him 5 percent…lol. Think he is in need of new table saw …lol

  20. I cannot believe you did all that and so darn creative!! Love the Girls Can Use Power tools as well!! You go!!

  21. GIRL POWER ๐Ÿ’ช๐ŸŽ€ My favorite power tool is a jig saw. Your chandy turned out AMAZING!! Who knew tuna cans could be so beautiful!!

  22. Girl power, you know we do it better ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜‰
    I couldn't live without my drill and impact.

  23. "GIRL POWER"!!!! I had a similar situation happen to me in the store!!! LOL!! I am loving your channel!! Found you through Heidi Sonboul w/ Happily Thriving Heidi. ๐Ÿ™‚ I love all my power tools but I have to say that my sander is my favorite!! My nail gun is fun too!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Can't wait to binge a little on your channel & take part in next months challenge!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. I love the colors u have on the outside of your house. We need to paint our house and I would like to use the colors u used. Any chance u remeber the names? Thank u.

  25. Turned out beautiful! I love wood working and building things. My daddy taught me how to use power tools when I was young, when he was building a big addition onto the back of our home. I get the same thing as you. People will come in our house and say that they love the bookshelves your husband built for you and it's fun to watch him fess up and tell them that I built them. He hates woodworking or building things. Lol. Your chandelier is gorgeous. You did a really nice job! Here's to GIRL POWER and Girls Using Power tools! TFS. Love this challenge! Have a great week. Hugs from the southeast coast of Florida๐ŸŒด๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ˜Ž๐ŸŒด

  26. This is soo great!! Canโ€™t believe you used cookie sheets and tuna cans, so smart! Loved this challenge!!! Thanks so much Natalee!!!

  27. Girl you DID that, wow!!! You built a whole CHANDELIER! Absolutely loved it. Gotta check out the rest of the videos on the collab. Sad I couldn't join you this time but I hope this will be a recurring challenge?? Amazing video as always xoxo

  28. Girls can use power tools too! Natalie thank you for your video on making a pillow with pipping! I did it! They look awesome. Don't have a pic yet but I'll get one soon. Thanks for the inspiration.
    PS, I live just south of you in Ft Pierce. I would love to get together !

  29. Loved this! Love the whole challenge. I would love to participate in/be on the playlist for the next one if you are doing another. Sorry if this is the wrong platform for asking, I'm new here. ๐Ÿ™‚

  30. hi I came from Liza I just want to say how amazing creative u womenโ€™s are u inspired me a lot wow how beautiful it looks

  31. Super bummed I missed the challenge this month. I plan to join you next month. Love your diy it is beautiful!

  32. Amazing! I like how your cables are thinner than the Ballard Designs ones. Very chic looking and rustic at the same time!

  33. I would like to use power tools but my husband said at our age (I am 70 and he is 73) we don't need any fancy power tools. He has several drills, a jig saw, a saber saw and a regular electric hand saw. I am never allow to use them. The only tools I have is a small tool box with different sizes of screw drivers, a hammer, several wrenches, a tape measure, a level, painter's tape, electrical tape, some nails, screws, picture hangers and picture frame wire. HELP me convince since I am in good health I should be allow to use power tools.

  34. Yes!!! And you can turn the rest around and make bowls! Its scary at first! But like all tools you get the feeling of it and it feels normal… i cant use it anymore, and i miss it!

  35. My drill is my best friend. I can,t believe how many people seem to be surprised that I own and use my own power tools. Seems like a natural thing to me. If I had a place to hang one of these I would so copy your beautiful dupe. Girl power for sure

  36. Totally Awesome! I'm not sure I have a favorite, because I LOVE THEM ALL๐Ÿคฃ I'm also the Handywoman of our homeโฃ

  37. You are so crafty, and creative! I love this light fixture! Itโ€™s beautiful! Nobody would think it was handmade if they didnโ€™t know already. It turned out great! Give yourself a huge pat on the back for all you do, and for encouraging us women to try and use power tools, because we definitely can, many of us just havenโ€™t been shown how. See you next time ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ’œ

  38. I love love love my power tools. Table saw, nail gun ,drill and of course I love my sanders because nobody has time for hand sanding. Unless of course it's some little something. Lol

  39. #Designtothenines I love this! TFS! I'm definitely making one. Heck I love Tuna Salad so everyone in my house will be eating tuna for a week or 2! ๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚

  40. I stumbled on your channel when you transformed the IKEA NIGHTSTAND.
    I have been using power tools since a child, drive a tractor, cut and bale hay.
    Girl Power/Farm Life

  41. I like the light fixture a lot. I donโ€™t understand how the dog leads work. Did you use 2 or 3 dog leads? To me it looks like 1 dog lead is run diagonally from one corner to the other corner & a 2nd dog lead is run diagonally from the other 2 remaining corners.

  42. I subscribed bcuz of your power tool series ….. so many women are intimidated by power tools, but I promise once you complete your first DIY with one you'll never put it down…. GOOD LUCK TO ALL WOMEN USING POWER TOOLS.. ..

  43. Thank you! I needed this.
    I have been at a stand still with my projects because I was unsure of my ability to use power tools.

  44. Girl Power!! I have many tools…12โ€ sliding compound miter saw, nail guns, drill press, Dewalt scroll saw. My favorite is the scroll saw. I use it to cut out wood pieces for ornaments and other wood pieces for decorative painting. Would love a t-shirt!!

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