Spray Painting a Chandelier

Spray Painting a Chandelier

When J & I first went to look at the house we now live in, one of the first things he said was "that ugly chandelier has got to go". I held my tongue, knowing full-well that I was going to fight to keep it...but later. I've wanted a chandelier in our dining room for a long time. It was never a possibility in our apartment, and I wasn't willing to discount something just because it was ugly. Sure, it looked like it had been plucked from the 70s. The bulbs were blackened from age. But i had a feeling it could be restored to look more modern and beautiful. 

First I removed the faux wax catcher (not pictured because I hated them and got impatient and removed them in a hurry) and then cleaned the whole thing. It had a thick layer of dust that must have accumulated over many years. I then removed all the lightbulbs. I put a drop cloth on the floor and used a white enamel spray paint by Krylon (i used the leftovers on these pumpkins!) The tricky part was getting in all the little nooks and crannies. I accomplished this by continually turning it while i was spraying and checking it from all angles. 

This is what the dining room looked like before getting a little love. Those curtains have been packed into a box and put into a dark corner of the garage where they can't hurt us anymore.

This is what the dining room looked like before getting a little love. Those curtains have been packed into a box and put into a dark corner of the garage where they can't hurt us anymore.

Things I wish I had known before starting this project: 

  1. WEAR A MASK. I felt a little sick the rest of the day after completing this project, because I was spraying up and probably inhaling way more than is healthy.
  2. Don't spray the very bottom tip until the very end. Use this piece to hold onto to spin the chandelier as you spray- I didn't and ended up accidentally grabbing on to arms that were still wet and had to respray them. 
  3. Tape off the ceiling around the plate that's attached. Again, I didn't. Luckily, the paint color I used ended up blending just fine and you can't tell. 

I may end up adding some crystals to make it a little more of a statement piece. I'll update this post when I do. Look out for my Dining Room Makeover reveal coming soon!

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