Upcycling a Chandelier

One of the items I bought for my sister-in-law’s entryway was a brass chandelier that I scored for $30 from a couple in the midst of renovating their home. WP_20150124_003 However, I didn’t know it was brass at first, I actually thought it was silver from the picture I saw online, and although I’m a big lover of anything gold, I knew my sister-in-law was more of a silver kind of gal. So, I decided to try something that I had seen done a million times on Pinterest, spray paint a chandelier…

I’ll admit it, I was a bit nervous since I wasn’t sure how well paint took to brass, and I was about to use a brand of spray paint I had never seen before all because it had the color I wanted – turquoise!


I’m convinced that if I had used another spray paint it would not of turned out as well as it did. This specific brand advertised that it had a very fine mist for color control which meant I would have no problems with overspray. So, I waited until we had a warm day (as we’re in the middle of winter right now) and took the chandelier into the backyard to start spray painting.


To keep paint out of the sockets, I wadded up some tape (as I didn’t have any cotton balls) and placed them in the socket covers. I painted one side at a time and let it dry 10 minutes in-between coats. When I was all finished, I hung it up by the chain to let dry and touched up any spots I missed.

Below was the original light fixture in the entryway:


And the new one!


My husband loved it so much he wanted me to pretend I didn’t buy it for someone else and just keep it for ourselves. It’s actually quite a stunning focal point in the room and was so easy to do!

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