Chandelier Terrarium {Part II}

Last time I posted on a chandelier terrarium that was in fact a terrarium - see it here at Chandelier Terrarium {Part I}.  Now let me show you another take on repurposing a chandelier: a potted plant "greenhouse."  Although not exactly a terrarium {which usually has rocks, soil, and rooting plants}, this glass geometric structure is a beautiful display case for your average indoor potted plant.  

{Before & After}

I removed the chain, suspended candelabra, and that crazy Alibaba topper thing.  The roundness of the topper just wasn't gelling with the geometric lines of the lantern.  It was frankly out-dating the look so... of with his head!  I did end up keeping the chandelier loop {which is the loop where the chain attaches to the lantern} and put it back onto the top by screwing it into the existing center hole. 

What is great about this size chandelier, is they usually come with a latching glass panel allow for easy light bulb changes.  Now it allows for easy plant watering.

Dusty brass chandelier?  Meet beautiful orchid.  No more hanging in lonely entryways for you mister.  Your job now is to protect your vulnerable charge while showcasing the delicate display.

The gold-glint chandelier case is almost as delicate-looking as the orchid.

 If you ask me, this orchid seem rather happy about its new living arrangements.  Don't you think?

Now it's your turn to turn something old new,


This post was originally published on Chelsea's Garage, now affectionately known as StyleMutt.

Chandelier Terrarium {Part I}

We've all seen em' - those brass chandelier/lanterns hanging in hallways or entryways...  The mascot for all houses built in the 80's maybe... But brass is coming back and geometric is in so why not make the most of these old chandeliers and a new trend: make a terrarium!

ter·rar·i·umnoun  a usually transparent enclosure for keeping or raising plants indoors

There are several ways to build a terrarium.  West Elm has a great tutorial on how to create a terrarium - both succulent (dry) and fern (wet).  For my repurposed chandelier, I chose to build a wet terrarium.  

After gutting a boring brass entryway lantern, I turned it upside down and filled the base with river rocks for drainage.  After, I layered with potting soil and then planted some Moneywort {also known as Creeping Jenny}.  For a wet terrarium, you can plant ferns or moss, but I chose Moneywort because of it's vivid chartreuse-green coloring.

{Before & After}

I chose to place my terrarium on our little balcony bistro table.

  Oh hey there Thor {our new puppy}.

You can also position it on its side.  Love how it looks "spilling" out.

Here's a better look at the base of the terrarium {what was once the top of the chandelier}.  As you can see, there are holes so don't forget to put in on something for drips.

You can kind of see the river rocks layer a little better in this photo. 

 And here you can see it all together with the red orb light I posted about last week!

Visit us again soon to find out what will happen to this guy...


This post was originally published on Chelsea's Garage, now affectionately known as StyleMutt.

Repurposing a Candle Holder as Chandelier

As you may have gathered, Chelsea's Garage is growing and I am honored to be a new member of the family - not only on the blog but also in life!  Chelsea and I met because I was dating her brother Caleb.  We hit it off right away and over our mutual love of design, do-it-yourself projects, and turning trash to treasures.  I didn't realize that with Caleb came such a steal of a family!  I stuck around and I guess Caleb thought I was a good fit and proposed this past spring ;)  Now I'm to be a permanent fixture as the new sister-in-law.

So let's start with a thinking-out-of-the-box project.  I found this guy at a thrift store for $5.  Loved the branch motif but it was just a little too big to put anywhere.  He needed a flat surface to be functional as a candle holder but in my tiny apartment, flat table real estate is hard to find.  So what to do?  Hang it on the wall and sacrifice it's only function as a candle holder?  Yes I could call it art but free wall space was also sparse...

Boom! I knew.  What's one of the most underutilized decorating spaces in your home?  The ceiling.  And it just so happened that I had the perfect spot of ceiling over a bland window bench that could use some pizzazz.

To get started I needed:
1} Sturdy Chain
2} 2 Ceiling Hooks
3} Large Jump Rings
4} Needle-Nose Pliers

I attached the jump rings onto the candle holder where they wouldn't slide off and would be balanced when hung on the chain.

When I liked the placement, I attached the chain and held it up to the ceiling to measure the length I wanted it to hang down.  Didn't want it too close to the ceiling that it would cause fire hazard problems and didn't want it too low that it would be in the way of any day-to-day life.

After installing the hooks in the ceiling, my out-of-the-box project was ready to hang!

Now it's your turn to think-outside-the-box ;)


This post was originally featured under Chelsea's Garage, now affectionately known as StyleMutt.