Wednesday, August 7, 2013

diy/ Brass Chandelier Makeover

We went out with the brass and in with the class! Not sure what we are referring to? Let us explain. We had for some time a functional but not very appealing brass chandelier in the home which we avoided taking pictures of or getting into pictures because it was.... ugly. Yes there are more important things in life to be concerned about, but we just had to address this.

The only recent pictures we have of our brass chandelier was from Halloween last year. {Which we will show you}

We looked for sometime trying to find a reasonably priced replacement that would suit or decor taste, but try we did with no luck.

After a little conceiving, permission was granted to spray paint the old one!

Okay, so as we said earlier, here is what our old brass chandelier used to look like...minus the cobwebs, bats and crescent moons.

The photo below will give you a little better idea. Ours was close to this one in appearance.

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We took the old chandelier down and cleaned it real well. Next we removed the bulbs and old socket covers and used blue painters tape to protect the open sockets from the primer and paint.

We took the chandelier our doors and hung it from our lattice patio for the primer and spray paint applications.

One  coat of primer did the trick. Allow  primer to dry completely before applying the spray paint. 

We used Rust-Oleum Ultra Cover 2x Primer in black. The coverage we got from the primer was really amazing.

For the spray paint we again used Rust-Oleum Ultra Cover 2x in Walnut. The Walnut is really dark and looks black. We sprayed the chain and all pieces including the socket covers.
Both can be found here. We used 2 coats for good measure when probably one would have sufficed. We left it out to dry and air out in the open air all day.

See how the Walnut colored spray paint looks black but not harsh. We just love the way it turned out!!! It is like having a brand new chandelier! Honestly, it looks like a totally different piece altogether.

Bellezza 14 in. Ceiling Medallion
What is this you are wondering? We really wanted to give this makeover a "total" makeover and decided to go with a ceiling medallion over the new chandelier. We did not have a medallion before, but love the look. We followed the same steps as we did with the chandelier: primer and than spray paint using the same colors. Ceiling medallion found here.  All it is is a pressed piece of sturdy plastic.

So their she is! We choose energy saving bulbs that look slightly blue when turned off, but the natural crisp white light they give is great!

If you are shopping for a new chandelier or light fixture, you may want to give some thought to spray painting it first before you make a large investment. We only spent about $25.00-$30.00 for our makeover!

For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.
1 John 5:4

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  1. I just painted my brass chandelier too. I painted mine red. Looks so much better. Love yours. I would love it if you would share this over at my link party that is going on now.

  2. What a great idea! I think I have a very similar chandelier in my dining room. I have been wanting to replace it but maybe I will give this a try. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Awesome makeover! I had a similar chandelier which we tossed about 6 years ago when we just moved it, kicking myself now. If you get a chance, please link up to my linky party going on now:

  4. How exciting - your chandelier looks like-new fantastic!! Spray paint these days is amazing! I have redone outdoor furniture, indoor furniture, ceiling fans....the list goes on and on! I would much prefer repurposing what I already have or have salvaged as opposed to brand new.

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