Sunday, November 8, 2015

Thrifty DIY Lighting Update

Do you have one of those outdated brass lighting fixtures dangling somewhere in your home? If so, I've got an [almost] free update for your house.

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.

Step One:
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.

Step Two: 
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.

Step Three:
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...

Step Four:
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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    1. Thank you! I was surprised at how well it turned out, and I was able to surprise my husband with the results!

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    1. It is so much more satisfying to fix something up rather than spending a ton of money on something, isn't it?! I love being able to say "I did that!" :)


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