For a while now, we have been thinking of replacing the chandelier in our dining room. This chandelier came with our house when we bought it and has an antiqued finish that really didn't match with any of the other finishes. We had been looking for a new one and realized a few things. For starters, most of the ones we liked were very pricey. Secondly, the electrical in our dining room is not in the middle of the table, which means we would either need to hire an electrician to move the electrical outlet over or we had to stay with a chain style lighting fixture. Lastly, most of the fixtures we would agree on where very similar to the one we already had.
We looked for a new chandelier at Crate and Barrel, Restoration Hardware, Pottery Barn, CB2, Ikea and even Lowes and all of the ones we liked looked similar to our but with one exception: all the chandeliers were black.
That being said, we decided to attempt a DIY chandelier makeover. What's the worse that could happen? We didn't like it and would end up buying another one? We decided to use Rust-Oleum Black Hammered spray paint because we wanted a textured finish. It also comes in different colors or you can use a different finish or texture all together.
1 can of spray paint
Cardboard or newspaper
Tools needed to remove light fixture
Begin by clearing the area around the chandelier and turn off the power by turning of the circuit breaker. It is best to have two people to remove the chandelier.
Remove the bulbs from the chandelier and place in a secure place.
Open the plate of the chandelier that is mounted to the roof. Carefully disconnect the wires making sure you put the electrical caps back on.
Now that the chandelier is not wired to the roof, remove and take outdoors.
Make sure to lay cardboard of newspaper over your work surface.
Remove the candle tubes. These are the circular tubes under the bulbs.
Now the fun begins! Begin to spray paint the chandelier. You want to give it light coats and make sure that you don't miss any spots.
Next spray paint the candle tubes. Be careful with these because they are very light and can tip over very easily while drying.
Next you need to spray paint the ceiling plate.
When the chandelier has dried, tilt it on it's side and make sure the bottom is completely spray painted.
Reassemble the chandelier by putting back the candle tubes and rewire to the roof. Lastly put the bulbs back on and step back and enjoy your new chandelier.