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How to Make a Ladder DIY Chandelier

I love this Farmhouse Style Vintage Ladder DIY Chandelier so much. Today I am going to show you how to make your own.

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Every once in a while I will see something online that I love. Four years ago I saw the ladder dining room chandelier that @lizmariegalvin put above her dining room table I knew I wanted to make something similar. Since then I have made two and today I am sharing how you can make your own Ladder DIY Chandelier.

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For years I had thought I wanted to change the chandelier in our family room. I always thought I would just replace it with another single chandelier until I found these distressed white wood chandeliers online. They were so well priced that I ordered one. And then it hit me. These were perfect for a ladder family room chandelier! So I ordered two more.

How to Make a Ladder DIY Chandelier

I found a ten-foot ladder @vintagejunktionla that was old and wonderful and got it to work.

The first thing I realized is my ladder had to have an odd number of sections. The center chandelier that hangs from the wall goes through the center section. Then I needed three more sections on each side. The ladder I bought had eight sections so I needed to cut one off.


Next, I painted the ladder with Milk Paint and I used one and a half small cans.

Ladder Chandelier DIY

I painted the ladder with two coats but didn’t try to get it perfect because I wanted a shabby look to match the wooden chandeliers.


I also painted the dark brown chain with milk paint. That looked chippy too. (Don’t worry about painting the wire that comes out of the top of the light as that gets painted after it is hung.)


We added two metal rods to the ladder where the two outside dining room chandeliers would hang. That was easy. Then we put two hooks in the ceiling to hold the chains. It’s important to try to find studs in the ceiling.

Next, we hung the ladder. This was WAY harder than I thought it would be. I didn’t even think about the fact that because the ladder was really old it might not be straight. And it was not even close to being straight! So we took the ladder down and tried to bend it, but of course, that didn’t work. I finally added one more chain link to the left side and it fixed it perfectly. The ladder was finally straight.


Next, we hung the two side chandeliers at the desired height. (Trust me, you want to hang these first.)

How to Make a Ladder Chandelier

We decided to run the wires from the two outside chandeliers along the inside of the ladder and then up the center wire of the chandelier hanging from the ceiling.


Then we hung the center chandelier.


First, we got the height right so it matched the other two chandeliers. We did this by placing a metal rod on top of the ladder to hold it temporarily in place. Then we threaded all three wires from the three chandeliers up the center chain and into the ceiling.

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Finally, I painted all of the wires with milk paint. Note to self, don’t let your dog sit under the ladder unless you don’t mind having a paint-splattered dog.

The project took a full day and a half but it was worth every second. I can’t even express how much I love my new dining room chandelier! Thank you, Liz Marie, for your inspiration. Be sure to check out her feed @lizmariegalvin.

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10 Responses

  1. I love what you’ve done with this room. The one thing that is bugging me is the lampshade on the side table between sofa and chair. It is way out of scale with the lamp.

  2. While I admire your style, I feel your ladder chandelier is off. The ladder itself, to my eye, (I am a trained professional designer) seems too big in relationship to the table. Maybe if the lamps were simpler and lower. While a clever idea. I think there is too much going on. Also, they are way too high. The lamps should be 30-36 off the table. It feels disconnected, busy and fights the great dinning table and chairs. Too many open lines with the ladder, shape of the chair backs and windows behind the table. I don’t think the ladder is necessary. The lamps on their own would have been enough and the focal point. However, if you love it, that is what counts in the end, just my thoughts.

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