Updating My Chandelier

Painted Chandelier on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com Painting the Chandelier

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   When we had this home built the shiny brass chandelier seemed a better alternative than the antiqued brass.  After looking at it for years and yearning for a crystal chandelier, I was inspired by a pin on Pinterest.  This person had painted chandeliers every color in the rainbow.  Well, they actually looked pretty.

   Thinking I could do the same, I bought some bronze paint and asked my husband, who has years of experience with electricity, to take down the chandelier.  After disassembling, I took my handy little drill and made holes where the strings of crystal could be attached and began painting light coats until the chandelier was covered.

   The medallion is one of those white plastic pieces I picked up on sale for almost nothing a long time ago.  Using acrylic paints, a richer wooden effect was created.  I’ll have to say I didn’t know where I was going with the painting.  Layers and layers of paint and washes later, this is what was created.  My plan is to add some stenciling to the outer border to extend it, or paint a trompe l‘oeil.

   I reassembled and Dave hung, wired, and connected it back to the electric.  (I don’t do electric!)  The crystals were bought at Michael’s and Joann’s when they were marked down 50%.  They were attached with tiny wires and fishing line.  After attaching them, the candles looked rather lame, so I bought some PVC pipe, cut it to fit over the candle like a sleeve and visually bulked them up a bit.

   Before placing the sleeves on the chandelier, I added some rhinestone trim, which mimicked the bronze color.  All in all, I think it came out pretty well.   

   

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10 Comments

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    It turned out so glamorous and much better looking than the original. You did well there, Debra. This is a better look than the original, which looked dated. Must be some work, but you must be happy with the result.

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      I love the draped beading, too. I recently saw one on Pinterest, where they used pearls. It was literally covered in pearls. If I had the right place, I think I would make one of those. It was beautiful.

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    Hi Debra! What a huge difference! So Elegant! I Love the added detailing of the rhinestones you placed around the candle sleeves. You really did a beautiful job! 🙂

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      Thanks, Maria. It really did make a difference in the look of that room. Every time I looked at that shiny brass, it bothered me. Now, it just seems to be right, although I could easily replace it with one of those big pricey crystal chandeliers if it was in my budget. Lol!

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    Wonderful transformation Debra! I’m sure it was a lot of work but so worth it. The medallion fits the scale of the fixture so much better now!

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