Fixing mine up added some sparkle and glam to our dining room. I completed this project several months ago, and it still makes me happy every time I look at it.
Here's what I did and how you can do it too!
What I started with: A dirty old brass chandelier with gobs of crystals. It wasn't even hanging up. The former owners had left it in a closet, and I hadn't gotten around to tossing it yet.
I'm glad I didn't throw it away because with a wet washcloth I was able to wash away the dirt and grime that had built up. I removed all of the crystals to clean them too, and to prepare for the metal to be painted.
Yeah...kind of an eyesore.
Paint! First, I used painters tape to cover any electrical spots. Then I used this Black Hammered Finish spray paint by Rustoleum. I took the project outside and sprayed two coats on it. One can was enough for the entire fixture (and cost about $8).
Crystals removed; Outlets taped up.
I like this paint.
I let it all dry for 24 hours; then I reattached about half of the crystals. I like sparkle, but I don't like too much.
Painting in progress...Don't let little fingers touch it!
Whew! It's looking better...
Ta Da! I had a friend who is trained in electrician work come over to attach the fixture to our ceiling (to replace the existing drop chandelier), and I was pleasantly surprised that all of the electricals actually worked!
See? A touch of GLAMOUR!
Have you tackled any household projects or home updates recently? I'm currently painting an old unfinished hutch my husband's parents didn't want. Photos to come!
~Julia @ Frantic Mama
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