Sunday, October 21, 2012

Brass Chandelier Makeover

I wasn't completely happy with the 
French looking chandelier in the kitchen. 
I liked it but the scale was off.  

I really needed a five arm 
fixture instead of a 3 arm. 
I wanted something I could transform with
spray paint and crystals. 
You can read about  my dining fixture here.
I went to one of my favorite junky chandelier stores. 

They had about 5 blingy, brass, 90s fixtures to choose from at the Re-Store. They had some nine arm chandeliers but that would have been too big.
They had some 3 arm lanterns.
I sort of wanted a lantern but I went more traditional and classic. 
I found one 90s fixture that was sturdy and it had 5 lights. 
None of the arms were bent.

It had good bones and some detail that I thought would look cute ORB.

I stopped by Lowes on my way home and got a package of long crystals and new candle covers. I planned to recycle the crystals off of the old one. The whole thing only cost $35.00.
I hung it out in the yard. 

I did many light coats with Oil Rubbed Bronze Metallic from Rust-Oleum. 
I didn't want drips.

I took the big ball thing off of the bottom. 

I was able to put a new plate and finial in place of the ball. 
The other two fixtures in the room were a little on the brown side of bronze. 
They didn't match anymore.
 I didn't want to take them down and possibly mark up my new ceiling, 
so I sprayed the Rust-Oleum on to a piece of paper and dabbed it on the fixtures with a brush. 

It took some time but now they are more black than brown.

The scale is correct.

Brass Chandelier Makeover
It provides more light

and adds some sparkle.

I love it with the newly painted cabinets.

Thanks for stopping by.


  1. It looks Fabulous~!
    well done, indeed.

  2. Katie what a great transformation! LOVE the color and I especially LOVE the bling!

  3. Fabulous makeover! I love the ORB and crystals. Last time I looked for chandeliers at ReStore...they were all beyond the help of spray paint. :)

  4. Love what you did with the Chandy!! Swoon!

    1. Thank you. It surprised me how well it looks. It had good bones.

  5. Fantastic makeover!! Well done~thanks for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday!

    1. Thank you, Courtney. I appreciate your fun party each week. I love looking through all the links. Your kitchen is an inspiration.

  6. I just found your site through Pinterest and wondered how you attached the crystals to the plate at the bottom of the candle covers. I have a similar chandelier which is hung a little high and I'm thinking that crystals might put it more in the correct distance from the table.

    1. I hot glued these in place, but you could drill a small hole and put the wire through the little plate. Hope that helps. There is wire at the top of the crystal to attach them to the plate.

  7. Is there a way to follow your blog via email?

    1. I don't know how to do that yet, but I will research it and let you know. Thanks for stopping in and asking questions.