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DIY Restoration Hardware Knock-Off Rope Chandelier

Hi lovely friends! Have you ever seen a designer piece and thought, “I can totally make that for a couple bucks”? I had one of those epiphany moments one day when gathering some dining room inspiration ideas, and I am so excited to share the results with y’all!
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I’m not going to lie, this was a bit of a tedious little project, not hard, just tedious, but it was so worth it to achieve a similar version of the Restoration Hardware French Empire Rope Chandelier that costs $1,595 for around $30. (Woot woot!)
I had originally found this black chandelier for really cheap on Craigslist and it was pretty great all on its own. But I can never leave well enough alone if I know I can create something more visually interesting, especially something with texture! (I’m a texture girl all the way.)
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Chandelier – This one is similar to mine that I picked up on Craigslist.
Twine
Sharp scissors
Hot glue sticks and gun
A wooden spoon or popsicle stick
1 small hula hoop
A few strips of duct tape
And plenty of patience
The rope and hula hoop cost a total of $18 at Big Lots. (Yippee!)
Before I got started on the rope part, I cut my hula hoop with a hand saw and poured out the little beads inside…so surreal to my inner child…like seeing the stuff inside Stretch Armstrong (remember those?!)
It was at this point I had to stop working with the hula hoop for a bit because my two year-old FREAKED OUT when she saw me cutting the toy that she thought was for her. Oops. Bad mommy.
So after the toddler meltdown was over and she was down for a nap (a DIYer’s favorite time of the day, am I right?), I checked the size of the hoop inside of the chandelier and made my second cut to make the diameter I needed to fit it snuggly. You might be better off waiting until you have done the rope step on the chandelier for this part, but I wanted to be able to really visualize it and make sure my plan would work.
Then, I took the hoop out and flipped the chandelier upside down to start wrapping the 1/4 inch rope and hot gluing it around the arms. I used a long wooden spoon to hold the end in place to spare myself any finger burns. Go slowly at first and apply glue liberally so the rope doesn’t slip.
Those arms took me a solid two hours to do. Whew! For the middle, I hid the rope ends of the arms by wrapping more 1/4 inch rope around them and continuing up. And it is a constant battle with those hot glue spidery webby strings. Don’t you hate those? If you have a spider phobia, they’re especially difficult. I find glue strings for days after a hot glue project…so pretty much all the time because I’m attached to Pinky the glue gun. Yeah, I named her. We have a deep friendship. 😉
Ta da! I was very tempted to hang it just the way it was here and it would have looked great, but the little craft-addict voice in my head said to keep going.
Then, I tackled the hula hoop by wrapping it in 3/8 inch rope. You could use the 1/4 inch size, but I was close to running out at that point.

When I got close to the end, I positioned the hoop back into the chandelier and super glued the ends of the hoop together. Then secured with duct tape.

Once I finished wrapping the rope around the rest of the hoop, I called it a day and saved the last step for later.

For the rope swags, I cut a piece of rope the length between the top of the chandelier to the base of one of the lights. Then cut 7 more pieces that same length.
I hot glued the first piece to the top of the chandelier and held in place with pressure for a minute or two.
Then hot glued the other end to underneath the hoop below one of the lights. I pressed it with the long wooden spoon as it cooled and dried. And repeated for the other chandelier arms.
Once all of the 8 swag pieces were done, I wrapped 3 rope pieces around the top to hide the ragged ends and finish it.
To make sure the ends of the rope under the lights were secure and better held the hoop in place, I wrapped and knotted a length of twine on each arm.
Then hung it up!
I love how much brighter our dining room is now. The rest of our room is still really blank but I’m working on it. The goal is to at least have chairs in there by Thanksgiving. (A huge project that I’m slowly chipping away at.)  I’m still playing my just-moved-in-7-months-ago card.
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I love how well it goes with our foyer too. 🙂  After this project I thought of an endless list of other possibilities that could be done with rope too that I’ll have to share with y’all down the road. It’s amazing what this stuff can do!
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51 Comments

  1. Unbelievable! If I saw your chandy in someone’s home I would be immediately jealous. (“That person can afford to shop at RH. They are so lucky!”) Would never guess it was a knockoff (with a lot of hard work involved.) Great job.

  2. Your effort was well worth it. Love this look! (Thanks again for coming over to Pin Your Friday Favorite, and I hope we see more of your beautiful work in the future 🙂 )

  3. Great job! I’d like one for my new house! Where do you live again? LOL! Thanks so much for sharing the complete DIY. I will be pinning for future reference.
    Blessings,
    Patti

  4. That looks great! I just covered a dated but huge lampshade with rope. Tedious and my finger was so tired from pulling the trigger on my glue gun! Love the look though. Would love to find a light like yours and try it. Very clever with the hula hoop!

  5. Great job, Lauren! I almost feel like I could do it! I’m sharing your work as one of my features this week! They are live on Thursday. Thanks for linking up!!
    xo

  6. Hi Lauren,

    Tried finding your email but thought I would just leave you a comment. I was asked to be part of a tour and wanted to know if you wanted to join up. Let me know! here’s my email dfoglia413@gmail.com I will send you all the details if so…
    Deb

  7. This turned out gorgeous !!!
    What an amazing transformation – pinning for sure 🙂
    Thanks for sharing such a great tutorial – saw this over at From my Front Porch to Yours and had to come by – soooo happy I did !
    Hugs,
    Suzan

  8. The hula hoop is an awesome idea. I have had a chandelier and rope in my garage for over a year that I have been planning on giving a similar treatment a la “Ballard Designs” style. You have inspired me to get moving. Found you on Someday Crafts link up but your link ups at other blogs have caught my eye too. If you have a chance come on over to link up your awesomeness at the Be. YOU. tiful link party on Thursday. We’d love to have ya! Pinning, everything!

    1. Ooh yay! Will do! I’m always game for a great link party. So glad I could motivate you. I need some motivation on the pile of other projects waiting on me too. Thanks so much for the sweet comment. Made my day! 🙂

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