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While my master bedroom makeover is in the works, I’ve had several requests for a tutorial on how I switched up my builder boring ceiling fan from this…

…to this…

I got hooked on this chandelier a few weeks ago after Young House Love featured it in one of their mood boards.

It was the perfect solution to dressing up my bedroom ceiling fan!  The description said it did not include a light source but I was sure I could fenagle a way to attach it to my existing ceiling fan and still use the lights from the fan as a light source.  Therefore, I did not purchase a corresponding wire and light kit with the chandy.  Just the chandy.  Once the chandelier arrived, I simply removed the globe light from our fan.  Sorry, I don’t have any pics of this step {Handy Hubby was at work and not able to capture me in action} but all it involved was unscrewing the finial from the bottom of the globe and removing a few teeny screws.  I left the light source attached to the fan.

I was a little concerned about the fan being able to handle the weight of the chandy but once I removed the globe light I was happy to discover the chandy actually felt lighter in my hand than the globe light.  So, no problemo there!

Now for the fun part.  Where I stand with my hands on my hips and stare at the naked fan light for about 10 minutes trying to figure out what to do next.  {Really, I had no plan but I was sure I could concoct something.}  Suddenly, it hit me.  ZIP TIES.  I ran out to the garage and grabbed a few small zip ties from Handy Hubby’s stash.  I brought ’em upstairs and was excited to find that they fit around the existing metal piece that had previously held the globe light in place.  I removed the light bulbs from the fan and held the chandy up.  The center metal ring of the chandelier slipped perfectly up and over the cord string that adjusts the brightness of lighting.  To secure the capiz chandelier in place, I just used 2 zip ties on opposite sides of the fan and looped them each around the metal fan connector & the chandelier’s metal ring frame.  Once the chandelier was installed, I realized the original 60W bulbs weren’t going to fit anymore.  No worries.  I brought out two 40W candlebra bulbs from storage and they fit just right!  Given, they do not put off as much light as the 60W bulbs but I prefer the dim ambience they provide in a bedroom setting.

So, are you confused?  Too many words to compute?  Maybe some pictures will help.

{You can’t see the light bulbs from the ground.}

The candlebra-sized bulb fits perfectly above the circular metal framework of the chandelier.

Looking up from below…

The pull chain is still accessible…

So, that’s how I ‘made it work’ in the words of Tim Gunn…for less than $100.  The chandelier could be easily removed if we ever move and want to take it with us which means renters could benefit from this upgrade as well…it’s not permanent.  Some of you have asked about the capiz shells clinking when the fan is on.  The chandelier does not make noise but we don’t turn our fan on anything higher than the MEDIUM setting because our ceiling fan has always been off balance {even after several attempts to balance it ourselves}.  I’m not sayin’ this is how you should hang a fixture from your fan but it worked for me with great results.  Please check with a licensed electrician if you have any questions or problems beyond aesthetics with your ceiling fixtures!


[…] Notice the green arrow.  It hints at some accessories to be incorporated into the makeover.  Yep, I’m goin’ gray and mustard.  And there’s a reason why the bed is dismantled.  The wrought iron bed frame is a little too feminine for our taste but we’ve slept with it for 8 years.  Also, when we bought our first mattress, we thought we liked soft mattresses.  In fact, we do NOT like soft mattresses.  But we lived with that, too, until we just absolutely hated getting out of bed with aching necks and backs.  So, yes, we bit the bullet and bought a new bed and mattress.  {Luckily, we found someone in the family who liked the bed frame and soft mattress so we were able to keep them out of the landfill.}  The makeover will also include a new furniture layout, an accent wall, DIY wall art and my take on IKEA’s BILLY bookcase as a cheap storage option.  And you’ve already seen the fandelier… […]


I found you via 3 Men & a Lady. My husband can. not. part. with ceiling fans. He likes air moving. Frankly, I do too. However I am fine with a fan on the dresser. I am a chandelier gal and you had me with this post. Thanks for sharing!


My hubby is also a fan fanatic. I’m don’t really like them, but I think that this is a perfect compromise.


Oh my… I just made a light like this with punched paper circles! What a coincidence!

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I’m a display coordinator for Anthropologie and a freelance installation artist, and I use zip ties there on a daily basis! They are THE BEST because they are so stubbornly strong! I always hate having to uninstall them, but getting them up there is so easy.


Hi there,

I tried this on my fans and ultimately attached it to one of my other light fixtures. I love it! Thanks so much for the inspiration!


So cute! I was thinking I want to take our master bedroom fan out, but maybe there is a way I can accentuate it like this.


Very clever, the shells look great and your way of assembling isn’t over complicated. I saw something familiar to this on HGTV’s.com rate my space, the lady who converted one with a smallish chandelier for a guest room(not a daily use) named it a fandelier. I’m going to try this out in a few rooms when I move.


Thank you so much for this post! My master bedroom is above my garage and has huge vaulted ceilings. I wanted a chandelier but knew there was no way I could live without my fan. I just finished my install and I am so pleased with the results! I have my fan up high and I actually like the clinking; it’s not constant and gives kind of a wind-chime effect.


Jessica – I too love the little chiming effect of the chandy. Like you said, it’s faint and subtle. Very calming for a bedroom!


The bf and I have been going back and forth between a ceiling fan and a nice light fixture for our master bedroom . . . and this is simply the best of both worlds! We might totally copy you! Thanks for the great inspiration!


Hi I live in North Carolina. Where did you buy your chandy? I’ve tried looking on line, with no luck. Do you know of a place in N.C. where I can buy or a web site?


Bonnie – I bought the chandy online and had it delivered. See it here…



Thanks for the inspiration! I started and finished my fandelier this evening. Love it! http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=955804443344&l=5a997f1fa6


Hi there, this looks fantastic! I was wondering how the zipties were holding up with the heat of the bulbs a year later? I have used this type of trick and had some (unknown until I removed the lamp) melting issues that have scared me, but thought maybe the bulbs you used were the trick. (nothing actually completely melted but there was burnt plastic, browning etc. I never had known was happening) I also was curious when the fan is on- if the capiz clink like a wind chime the entire time? That would be great sometimes, and in the master it would be soothing, but I am trying to find a solution for a livingroom where we watch movies and it may be distracting if that is the case.


Megan – The zipties never touched the bulbs and the bulbs were low wattage candelabras, so we never had an issue with the plastic zipties melting. However, we no longer live in that house {our previous house} so I can’t say for sure that there’s never been a problem a year later. The capiz shells slightly clinked with the fan on but we liked it. They would maybe be a distraction in another room.


I made one of these and referenced this post in mine. I had come up with the idea when I found my shade at World Market. It was only after I started my project that I found your post. Great minds think alike. :D

Here’s my post if you want to check it out. http://froufrugal.blogspot.com/2012/04/master-bedroom-makeoverindustrial.html.

I’m a new follower now, too. I love your blog and look forward to more of your projects.


Suesan – So great! And I love those outdoor wall lights you found! Super deal!!


Thank you for sharing this great tutorial! I found you on Pinterest and featured you on my Pinterest Picks. I would love for you to stop by and grab a feature button!

Your fan looks too cool – love it! I’ve got it linked to my ceiling fans post as well today, for inspiration!


Can I ask what type of fan that is? We are looking to replace ours. Thanks!


Sorry, I don’t know the exact model. It came with the spec house. It doesn’t look like anything too unusual so I bet you could find something similar at Lowe’s or Home Depot.


Thank you for the tutorial… but what if you have a three light ceiling fan like me, but still would like to add a glitzy chandelier look to a teen bedroom?? Any Ideas? :(

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I was wondering if the size of the chandelier matters…I found this same chandelier but the diameter is 8″ instead of 14″….


The size of the chandy would matter in respect to the size of the fan. I don’t think a dinky chandelier would look right on a big fan. Trial and error may be your best bet here.

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