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DIY: Upgrading a Flea-Market Chandelier

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.

  1. Clean the chandelier thoroughly to remove dirt and rust.
  2. 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.
  3. Tape off any areas that you do not wish to paint with painter's tape.
  4. In a well-ventilated area, hold the can about 12 inches from the chandelier and spray using long smooth strokes to avoid drips.
  5. Let dry for about an hour. Then come back and add another coat. Repeat as necessary until you have desired coverage.
beingtazim beingtazim 10 years
wow $10! i can never find used lighting for that cheap! i so badly want some chandeliers to put up in my bedroom at home. i'll try looking online on craigslist maybe
ishop2much ishop2much 10 years
I love this!!!!!!!!
Merlin713 Merlin713 10 years
Goes to show what a little sandpaper and elbow grease does to something that you might not have looked at before.
sgdish sgdish 10 years
I've done this! It's easy, cheap, and looks fabulous!
pepperatstate pepperatstate 10 years
Cool ! I've been wondering what to do with the hideous brass chandelier in my living room, I think I might just paint it shocking candy apple red. Candy colored chandeliers may just be the new accent wall.
jen22 jen22 10 years
I really love this blue color. :)
Mintie Mintie 10 years
Super cute! And nicely done!
koolbr33z3 koolbr33z3 10 years
That's a really good idea.
chancleta chancleta 10 years
such a cute reminder of how we can create loveliness on a budget! thanks!
mybluheaven mybluheaven 10 years
Adorable!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 10 years
I lvoe it too! That colour is beautiful!
CestLaVie CestLaVie 10 years
Very nice!
cindeerella cindeerella 10 years
LOVE it!
amybdk amybdk 10 years
Awesome! Love that shade of blue!
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