I’ve been looking at chandeliers to replace the one in my dining room. Here is what I have now:
This was installed in 1997 or 1998, I believe. These days the brass-plate is looking a bit “dated,” ahem! Maybe we should be doing this with it:
(Do not try that at home!)
Well, since I have nothing better to do(that was sarcasm), I have begun the Chandelier Journey. Here are some I’ve been looking at:
Both of these chandeliers have characteristics similar to the one I already have. The styles are very close. It’s just the FINISH! Ew! So…I looked around to see if it would be possible to paint the chandelier I already have. It turns out that, yes, it is possible!
I followed the instructions and used the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and wax. I used “Paris Gray” paint, and the clear wax. The clear wax didn’t add enough depth for my liking, so I ended up using a Minwax stain in “Ebony.” I just rubbed it on and rubbed it off to leave a more textured appearance. I did not take the chandelier down from the ceiling. Instead, I got up on a ladder and taped it off. I removed the “candles” and cleaned them before placing them back on.
It worked out so well, I decided to do my vestibule fixture, too. It has the brass finish and some crystals dangling. Stay tuned for that finished product!
Meanwhile, the only thing I have left to do on the dining room fixture is sew a cover for the hanging chain.
Here is the beginning of the paint.(I only had to wash the chandelier and take the bulbs out – no sanding involved.)
As you can see, I realized I needed to use painter’s tape:
And lit up – BEFORE:
You can see how I didn’t really focus on the chain so much because it will be covered by fabric.
This really saved a bundle, plus it is in keeping with the French Country style furniture I have in the dining room. (There is also an American Hoosier cabinet in there which I love, but it still works because it is country)