A few months ago I revealed my Dining Room Remodel.
One of my favorite features in my new dining room is my DIY Drum Shade Chandelier.
In fact, many of you have commented or emailed asking me about the chandelier, so I thought it was about time to give you the low down on how you can make your own version of my Drum Shade Chandelier. You may remember that I started with this…
Yep…that’d be no chandelier at all, since I had moved the original chandelier into my kitchen and gave it an update. You can read about that on my How-To Paint a Chandelier post. So, I was working with a clean slate. And I was really drawn to something like this.
It’s gorgeous and I love it but, but I did not love the price tag! $200.00 just for the shade! I knew there had to be a way to make my own. I searched through Lowe’s and found a pendant light kit for $19.00 that I thought might work.
The hardest part of this project was finding a fabric that I liked. I didn’t want to make a mistake and purchase fabric that I ended up hating. I finally found a fabulous and fun pattern at Hobby Lobby..and at 40% off it was a steal!
I found a plain white drum shade at Garden Ridge for $10.00 and knew we were in business!
While, I usually like oiled bronze (and have used it for my kitchen light fixtures) I wanted to be daring and try something new and exciting. I wanted…gold. gasp! I know. We’ve been led to believe gold is boring and outdated, but not the “new” gold. It’s soft and rich and pairs so beautifully with blue. I found the perfect color.
I love this metallic gold from Valspar. It sprays so smoothly and dries within seconds. I swear I could spray anything that stood still long enough with this stuff!
The light kit comes with three extension rods depending on how far you want your fixture to hang down. I determined two was plenty and rigged a contraption so that I could get a nice uniform coat on them. It’s a nail in a board. Fancy, huh?
I took apart the chandelier (it helps to take a picture of it together before you take it apart…don’t ask me how I know this. :/ ) and sprayed every piece that was originally oiled bronze.
Here you can see the completed pieces including a ceiling medallion that we ended up not using. We ended up liking the simplicity of the original fixture.
Next, I covered the shade.
You will need to roll your shade along your length of fabric on the reverse side, using the seam on the shade as a guide of wear to start and stop for the proper length. While rolling your shade you want to draw light lines about an inch wider than the shade width on each side.
Once you cut your fabric along the lines, you will end up with a shape like this. I then used spray adhesive and generously coated my shade and carefully rolled the shade along the fabric until it was securely attached, working out any wrinkles as I went.
I then trimmed off any access and neatly folded about a quarter of an inch of the overlapping fabric to make a nice finished edge and secured it with a bead of hot glue. It’s impossible to avoid a seam but if done neatly it’s fairly unnoticeable and can be placed towards the back of your chandelier.
Then using hot glue I wrapped the fabric around the edges of the top and bottom of the chandelier, making a cut where the fabric met up with the crossbars on the shade.
I knew that since this was hanging over the dining room table I would not want to look up and see the stark white of the inside of the shade, so I repeated the same step for cutting the fabric , minus leaving the additional inch of fabric, but instead wrapped it on the inside of the shade.
I trimmed off any access that I ended up with along the edges and glued them down.
Here, even though the lighting is poor…is it even possible to avoid this when working at night…sigh…you can see the shade wrapped on the outside and the inside. I then used a nice coordinating flat trim and hot glued it around both the top and bottom of the shade on the inside and outside for a nice clean finish.
Now you are ready to install your chandelier.
You will want to make sure your lighting element (the part the bulb screws in) is on the bottom of the fixture but you do not want to yet thread the cord though the extension rods or canopy and collars. Thread the cord of the light fixture through the hole of the crossbars of your shade. They will be at the top of the shade just like you would set it on a lamp harp. The part that would hold the pendant shade will be on one side of the crossbars and the cord will run through the top, with the threaded nipple running through the hole in the crossbars.
Now you can thread your extension rods over the cord and reattach the canopy following the directions included with the kit. I found that the threaded nipple that was included was long enough for my shade, but you can buy an inexpensive adapter kit if needed.
Now you will need to hardwire your light fixture to the ceiling following the directions included with your fixture and using appropriate safety precautions. It is easy to install your own light fixtures, but if you are unsure of what you are doing, please consult a professional electrician. We don’t want anyone to get a shock!
We found this was a two person job due to the shade being attached to the fixture while installing. It’s not heavy, just a bit awkward. Now install your light bulb and make sure you have power to your new chandelier. And that’s it!
So what do you think? I know it’s not exactly like the inspiration shade, but it’s definitely similar and has the same effect! Of course with my entire fixture coming in at around $45 it was quite the savings! I really do like it and I think we’ll let it hang around for awhile…..get it…hang around. yep. I went there.
Let me know if you have any questions about making your own drum shade chandelier, I’d be happy to answer them!
And as always thanks for “hanging around” with us…yep did it again…At The Picket Fence!
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I think that is the prettiest light. Thanks for sharing the tutorial. I always wondered how to recover a lampshade too.
That is gorgeous!! Love the pattern!
Pam - diy Design Fanatic says
Very nice, Heather! Your shade looks fabulous!
✿ⒹⒺⒺ✿@ A Lapin Life says
Thank you for the great instructions. It sure looks amazing in your dining room! Awesome job!
Teresa at Magazine Your Home says
I love it more than the inspiration shade. You did a marvelous job!
Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made says
This is over the top! Love it and thanks for the tutorial!
Lo @ Not Your Average Southern Belle says
Gorgeous! I think I have a few lampshades I can revive thanks to this. What paint color is that in your dining room? I’ve been looking for something similar!
Dixie Delights says
It looks great!!! And I love how you covered the inside too. Genius!
Shirley@Housepitality Designs says
i love it!!.Looks great in the room and what a wonderful job you did!!
Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions says
That pendant light was a great component of your dining room redo, Heather! Such a great fabric, too, because it really works well with everything else you have going on. It looks very professional and I like it better than your inspiration light!
Kim @ Savvy Southern Style says
I love it and gold was the right choice!!
I am so glad you posted this tutorial. I have been in love with your chandelier since you first posted your dining room. It looks very much like the inspiration…even better. I just love that fabric. Is there any issue with the fabric being on the inside of the shade (ie a fire hazard)? How difficult was it to have the fabric lie flat without any wrinkles? I would love to try this.
Honey at 2805 says
The drum shade is adorable! Do I see some Tango Tangerine? 😉
Vickie @ Ranger 911 says
I love the fabric you chose for the shade!
Debbiedoo's blogging and blabbing says
This is one of my favorite projects. I love the fabric too!
Debbie refreshrestyle says
I love the fabric! It looks great in there! Make me one!
Eclectically Vintage says
You make it look so easy – love the fabric!
Full Circle Creations says
Thanks for the tutorial. I loved the fabric you picked and I think it turned out beautifully.
Wow-can you get anymore amazing!! Can you rub some of this talent off to your friend here?? =)) Hi LADIES!
Linda@Coastal Charm says
Love the fabric…great colors!!!
dee dee says
Lovely light fixture!
It's All Connected says
Very pretty! Thanks for the tutorial. I have a drum shade I’ve been meaning to recover for ages. ~ Maureen
ℳartina @ Northern Nesting says
Great job Heather, I love the fabric!
It really is a great chandelier! I think you made a good choice with the gold paint. The oil rubbed bronze just wouldn’t have looked as good with that fabric.
I covered the lamp shades of the lamps in our living room, and I wish I had read your tutorial first. My seams are not nearly as neat, but at least I can hide them by putting them towards the wall!
Michell @ Girl In Air says
It’s perfect!! You make gold look so pretty….I think I need one of these in my laundry room
Courtney ~ French Country Cottage says
Super cute Heather!! 🙂 As for the bead board ceiling in the kitchen- yes- we added it. I’ll share more about it and how we did it when I do the post of the before and after (if I remember lol!!)
So amazing! Light fixtures just cost the earth and this is a terrific alternative :/)
This is really beautiful. And you made it look so easy too! 🙂
Savvy Seasons says
Gorgeous, I absolutely LOVE IT!! Great job! xo ~Liz
classic • casual • home says
Nice job. Looks so pretty and fresh! Great addition to your dining room.
Thanks for sharing! I may be able to do this one! Love, love the fabric you chose!
WOW Heather- That is absolutely perfect. You did a great job on it and it fits the dining room perfectly. I am seeing a return to gold all over again. Things comes and go as far as metals are concerned. Soon, everyone will look at all the dark shades and wonder what they were thinking…lol xo Diana
Heather, This is so fresh and contemporary- I love it! I have a spare shade that came from our store as an extra when a lamp order came in. Guess what I’m gonna do with it? Great choice w/the lighting kit from Lowes. It is so much nicer than those cords that always hang wonky! 🙂 Sue
Good Time Charlie says
Wow! How great is this?? Thank you for sharing! Pinning this right away!
Honey at 2805 says
Thanks for linking this fabulous post to Potpourri Friday!
Sonya@Beyond the Screen Door says
My favorite part of this tutorial was how you put the fabric on the inside as well! So clever! Love that touch!
Love it, Heather!! You’re wildly creative, girl. Adding this to my list…
Nancy @ dream it ... build it...style it! says
Looks fantastic! May use this in a nursery decor:) Thanks for sharing
Shari @ turnstylevogue.com says
I love this. Soooo beautiful!!
c. Joy says
Good Job. It finishes the room. Thanks for the lesson.
Seriously nice shade! And that room – I am swooning!
I seriously want that chandelier. The shade is gorgeous.
Sharon @ Ms Magpie Designs says
I love the chandalier!!! The fabric is fantastic and you did a great job with the brass color accents!! I am going to have to pin this in my DIY board on Pinterest!!!
Serendipity and Spice says
I love this! I hate the lamp that’s over my table right now… but I could totally see something like this! I’m hosting a linky party, the theme is all time favorite post- would love it if you joined in!
Our Pinteresting Family says
So pretty! Thanks for the project inspiration. I found a holiday shade at lowe’s for 4 bucks and was trying to figure out how to complete this project.
This is great. I’m curious if this is an ample amount of light for your dining room with only light in the fixture. I hope to do this project myself and I have no other light in my dining room so am curious if I would need to add a lamp or anything.
At The Picket Fence says
I’m glad you like the chandelier!
A couple of things, I had the original chandelier on a dimmer and always kept it low (I’m just a low light in the dining room kinda person) so for us it works fine. In addition we have a buffet lamp that I pretty much always keep on because it’s close to our front door and I like to have a light near our foyer, between the two it has been plenty of light. That said, the pendant fixture does call for a lower watt bulb and only one so it’s not going to be bright like a chandelier with lots of light bulbs in it. One option that I might do when this bulb burns out is get one of the energy efficient ones that puts off even more light at a lower wattage. That could be an option for you.
Let me know if you have any other questions!
Thanks for sharing the tutorial, I’ve used this link on my blog 🙂
Lindsey Z. says
Beautiful job! I especially like the Valspar metallic paint you chose. Looks like it gives a better metallic finish than some of the Rustoleum cans I have used in the past. I made a DIY drum shade chandelier also over at MarriedtoDIY.com. You can check it out here: https://marriedtodiy.com/2013/07/diy-drum-shade-chandelier/
Beautiful chandelier! I love that you finished the inside of the shade, too. So much more polished.
Btw, you need to change your wording in two places. You “trimmed the EXCESS fabric,” not the” “access fabric”. This has been the grammar police public service message; feel free to delete this comment once the edits are made!