My husband and I live in a townhouse with very little overhead lighting so I am always looking for a way to brighten up our home. Today, I will show you how I turned an old antique chandelier into a swag chandelier, AKA a chandelier that can be plugged-in instead of hardwired. Swag chandeliers are great for rentals, dorm rooms, or anywhere you are not allowed to make permanent changes to your space.
I found two of these chandeliers at a going-out-of-business antique shop for $2 each! What a steal!
First off you will need a basic extension cord. If your chandelier is truly an antique it should have two identical copper wires. You will need a two-prong extension cord (which also has two wires) with no ground wire.
and used a wire stripper to expose the copper wiring in the extension cord.
and did the same to the chandelier
Painted the wire, chain, and electrical tape white to match the chandelier. I then screwed in lightbulbs, hung the chandelier, plugged it in, and tada!!
UPDATE: Here is my chandelier's new home in our new house. In the laundry room.
**Please note. I know nothing about electrical work except for what I have researched. You may want to consult your electrician before attempting this project yourself**