Monday, May 20, 2013

A Shiny New Chandelier

When I first saw this chandelier, I wasn’t quite sure what to do with it. But it was such a great buy at $9.99, I couldn’t pass it up.


I started with some metallic silver spray paint.  But it was just not right.

So I sanded some of the silver off, but it was still not quite right. 

Too much of the black was showing through.

But by now I was beginning to get a clearer image in my mind of what the chandelier could look like. I wanted something that resembled brushed metal.

Olivia and I went off to Menards for a mother/daughter search for the perfect paint.  We went to a section that had metallic paints and looked through their selection. After a few minutes of comparing, we chose a color called “Champagne”. 

Once we got home, I used a small craft paint brush to apply the paint.  It took only 2 coats and then a few touch ups here and there.


We also replaced the socket covers, since the old ones were cracked and burnt.  This turned out to be the most challenging part of the project!  The chandelier needed 3 inch covers, and we could only find 4 inch, which is apparently the standard size for those types of covers.  After hunting around online, we decided that the easiest solution was to buy the 4 inch and cut them down to 3 inch. My handy handyman had them finished within minutes.

Here is the “new” chandelier!  I love it.  It’s so much prettier. Don’t you agree?


Here is a shot of the old flush mount compared to the new chandelier. 



Such a difference the light fixture made!


From this:


to this:



All with a little paint! 

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