Chandeliers are all the rage right now, but the more ornate lighting fixtures can significantly lighten your pocketbook. So I was excited to find this refreshingly simple DIY project on Cookie Magazine's Nesting Blog (via Craft). After finding a $10 chandelier at a yard sale, this crafter gave it a hip update by coating the bronze finish with cheerful light-aqua paint.
Even if your craft skills are minimal, you can easily complete this project in under an hour. For step-by-step instructions,
DIY Chandelier Upgrade
via Cookie Nesting Blog
We all might dream of owning a Murano glass chandelier, but don't deprive yourself until that day arrives. This chandelier was a $10 yard-sale purchase and had a fairly ordinary bronze finish. With just a little spray paint, the chandelier was turned into a whimsical piece that fit seamlessly into a cheery kitchen. The body was painted sky blue and the bulb stems were painted gray, to give a bit of contrast. While this piece doesn't say luxe quite like Italian hand-blown glass, it's a perfectly beautiful stand-in that can happily make its way to another yard sale when you finally find (or can afford) the chandelier of your dreams.
- Clean the chandelier thoroughly to remove dirt and rust.
- To eliminate a step (roughing up the smooth finish with sandpaper to allow paint to stick) consider using Krylon Fusion spray paint, which easily sticks to slick surfaces like metal.
- Tape off any areas that you do not wish to paint with painter's tape.
- In a well-ventilated area, hold the can about 12 inches from the chandelier and spray using long smooth strokes to avoid drips.
- Let dry for about an hour. Then come back and add another coat. Repeat as necessary until you have desired coverage.