From Brass to Class, Updating an Old Chandelier

It’s a fact, light fixtures aren’t cheap!  When we moved into our home, that was one of the things I was most excited to shop for.  That was until I discovered the price.  My mind quickly shifted gears from new to redo.  Nothin’ spray paint can’t fix (and it’s cheap)!

Spray painting a brass chandelier

One can of Krylon Fusion spray paint,

krylon-fusion-paint

plus 12 small black lamp shades

lamp-shadeequals one chandelier update:

spray painted brass chandelier

 

To get this look for under $65:

Materials

1. Krylon Fusion Paint (I used Satin Almond 2437) available at Walmart or online for less than $5.

2. 12 (or however many light bulbs your fixture has) small black chandelier shades.  I got mine at Old Time Pottery for $4.99 each, but I know there is a plethora of colors and styles available on the web.

Directions

1. MAKE SURE YOU TURN OFF THE CIRCUIT BREAKER THE CHANDELIER IS CONNECTED TO!

2. Disconnect the chandelier and it’s wiring from the ceiling.

3. Hang chandelier up in your workspace.

4. Separate any pieces of the structure you are able, and remove the light bulbs.

5. Clean and prep brass in accordance with spray paint directions.

6. Very carefully spray paint the chandelier.  You are better off with multiple thin layers of paint than a few thick ones!  There is no need to completely coat every speck of visible brass on the first coat.  Be patient, and take you time – you will be much happier with your results.  Allow paint to sufficiently dry between each coat before application of another coat.

7. Continue to apply coats of paint to the chandelier until it has been completely covered and has had more than ample time to cure.

8. Reconnect chandelier wiring, and attach chandelier base back to ceiling.

9. ONLY WHEN YOU ARE SURE YOUR WIRING IS CORRECT, TURN CIRCUIT BREAKER BACK ON!

10. (With lights turned off) clip shades onto light bulbs, and you’re done!

*If you do not know how to disconnect and reconnect the wiring of your chandelier, don’t do it!  Either ask your hubby, neighborhood fix it guy, or hire an electrician to do it.  First and foremost you need to remain safe!

Viola!  You have a seemingly brand new chandelier to suit your taste.  Seriously, people who’ve been in my house before and after I’ve painted the chandelier don’t even realize its the same light fixture!

Like upcycled things?  Me too!  Find more inspiration than you’ll know what to do with at these fantastic parties!

 

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