It doesn’t take a lot of fancy, expensive paints to make over an outdated chandelier. Don’t let them fool you! You can get great results from simple, cheaper options.
So, if you’ve been looking into doing this, you have probably found other blogs who have used various name brand chalk and metallic paints. Here are a couple I loved, Diane’s at In My Own Style, and Amy’s at Maison Decor, and a zinc look makeover from Leslie at Colorways, whose chandelier’s style is much like mine was.
Sometimes you have to leave your chandeliers attached to the ceiling while you paint, but we were moving our light (along with the dining table) across the room so it was coming down, making the make over so much easier.
I also love to take apart my electricals and play with them! I get so excited to start my projects, I always forget the before pics, but you’ve seen enough of these outdated shiny brass chandeliers, haven’t you?
My chandelier being taken apart
But take pictures of any funky ways things are assembled, like the way this wire goes around this part, so you can reference them when you put it all back together.
Take pictures for reference to assist in assembly later
I took the whole chandelier apart and taped up the sockets to keep the paint out. Then, started it off with a shot of Rustoleum antique bronze spray paint…. not much of this shows at the end, but I like having that dark base.
Then, I started layering my home-made chalk paint. Here is my recipe:
For the painting process, I have some pictures from a lamp I painted the same way.
Shiny brass lamp ready for make over
The paint I used on this project was made with a sample of Behr Chenille Spread, which is an off-white. I used a chip brush and instead of stroking it on, I stippled it, which is a fancy way of saying I dabbed it on.
Antique Bronze spray paint and coat of white chalk paint stippled on
Next came a bit of blue chalk paint, this is called Provence Blue. I used this sparingly. I wanted to simulate a patina on old metal.
If you do too much, don’t worry. Just put more white on top. I would also use a paper towel and dab off if I put too much on. I liked how that gave it more texture.
The next layer is a bit of brown spray paint. I kept the can about 18 inches away and let it sputter so it spattered on the pieces.
Brown spray paint spattered on the white and blue chalk paint
Again, with the white, and if I wasn’t quite happy with it, I just kept adding layers until I was. There is no right or wrong with this, just do what makes you happy.♥
To add a little shine, the last layer was a Ceramcoat Gleam acrylic craft paint in silver that I had on hand. I used a foam brush to put it on and then used the paper towel again to rub it in.
Even acrylics can be used to add layers
Silver acrylic paint applied on as final layer
Now to assemble the chandelier parts back together. I wasn’t entirely happy with the original composition of the pieces. I played with how they went together. The top pieces were put back the way they had been, except I turned them upside down.
On the bottom half, I wanted to eliminate the big round piece. I just didn’t like it. It is easy to change things up this way. I had some threaded rods from other lighting projects, but you can buy some different length rods at the hardware store in the lighting parts department.
So I just played with the pieces and the rods until I got something I liked.
The chandelier is now going to be a plug in instead of hard wired. (The outlet was wired to a wall switch, so we can flip the switch to turn it on) I added the chain and attached the new wire to the existing wiring in the chandelier. Wire and chain can be purchased by the foot at the hardware store. Adding the new wire is pretty easy to do. All the wires to the various arms of the chandelier all come together in the center. They were held together with pigtails (those little plastic caps). Unscrew the caps, remove the old wire that went up to the ceiling and attach the new wire, re-attach the caps. Done! Thread the wire through the chain. There are plugs that you can add to the other end of the wire to plug into the wall. Ask a person at the hardware store to help you find these.
I also added some bling with glass beads from Fire Mountain Gems. I used a small drill bit and drilled holes in to candle holders so I could attach the bead drops I created.
Look at the bling!
Glass beads attached to the candle holders
Chandelier make over