Chandelier Makeover

Just wanted to pop in with a quick post about a chandelier makeover project I did in our dining room.  I forgot to take a "before" picture but just imagine the entire fixture dark brown with gold leaf accents and frosted gold glass shades under each light bulb...yuk!  I wanted something a little lighter with wooden decorative pieces hanging from the bottom, but everything I looked at was WAY too pricey!  So, I went to my favorite consignment store (Patina Interiors) and found the perfect chandelier to start with!

First, I painted over all of the gold pieces with Annie Sloan's "Paris Gray" Chalk Paint. (side note: all of the decorative metal accents that look like leaves were once gold)  Next, I painted the plates directly under each light with a very light layer of Annie Sloan's "Country Gray" Chalk Paint.  Then, I switched out all of the light bulbs for candelabra style lights and permanently removed the shades from each bulb.  (As I mentioned above, the original fixture came with frosted gold glass shades under each light bulb...even more yuk!)

Then, I found some small wooden dowels and brown jewelry wire at Hobby Lobby to attach to the bottom of the chandelier...

I painted each dowel with Annie Sloan's "Country Gray" Chalk Paint and then over that, I added a LIGHT layer of metallic gold paint.  Finally, I drilled a tiny hole in the top of each dowel and threaded a piece of brown jewelry wire through the hole to hang from the bottom of the chandelier.

As I've said before, I always use Melamagic by Melaleuca to clean my paint brushes.  

Detail shot of painted wooden dowels

The finished product from a distance....


 I hope you're having a good day!  
Remember, when life hands you lemons, turn them into something lovely!


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