Wednesday, July 31, 2013

DIY Chandelier Makeover

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.

Materials needed:
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.

Step 2:
Remove the bulbs from the chandelier and place in a secure place.

Step 3:
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.

Step 4:
Now that the chandelier is not wired to the roof, remove and take outdoors.

Step 5:
Make sure to lay cardboard of newspaper over your work surface.

Step 6:
Remove the candle tubes. These are the circular tubes under the bulbs.

Step 7:
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.

Step 8:
Next spray paint the  candle tubes. Be careful with these because they are very light and can tip over very easily while drying.

Step 9:
Next you need to spray paint the ceiling plate.

Step 10:
When the chandelier has dried, tilt it on it's side and make sure the bottom is completely spray painted.

Step 11:
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.


  1. Wow! Is cool to DIY the light yourself, I like the final result too!

  2. Love the new look! It's amazing what a little spray paint can do.

  3. This look excellent! I know many light fixtures in our house that could use some help, thanks for the inspiration.


  4. Wow what a great job, looks amazing!

  5. What a pretty new-looking chandelier you have after putting in a little bit of hard work! Looks fabulous!

  6. Dear Cristy, It looks just terrific!
    I am glad you did this yourselves. The new ones often are not made as well and are very pricey.
    I am sure they are not better than this nice one you already have and looks just great!!
    Blessings dearest, Catherine xo

    1. Yes.. We liked the design but just wanted to give it a little update

  7. Love it ALL!!! Hard work always pays off :)

  8. Incredible what a change of color can do to fresh up a decoration item.
    Love the new color,very stylish!

  9. Great job! My mom and dad did the same thing with their chandelier. Such a good and economical idea! Thank you for sharing!

  10. So cool! Something so simple as spray paint definitely spruce it all up!

  11. What a fun project, you are so very talented - I love the way the painted chandelier looks like but my favorite picture is the one where you lined up all the candle tubes! Thank you for sharing your wonderful and creative ideas! Always a pleasue to visit your blog!
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  12. It looks so much better in black!! What a great idea!!!

  13. Loving this awesome DIY tutorial, guys! The Chandie just looks better and lovely in black. Pinning to two DIY group boards at Pinterest! xo

  14. Oh my goodness!!! That is simply fabulous!!! We have a couple of pieces like that and I didn't think there was any home. I'm so trying this!!!

  15. Good thinking and nice work! Glad you did the DIY and probably save yourself lots of $$$! The new look of the chandelier really matches the rest of your decor much better too. :)

  16. What a great idea, you guys are so creative.

  17. It looks great! A wonderful makeover.



  18. This is awesome! I love how simple the process is and it makes such a big difference!

    xx Kait | ChickadeeSays | ChickadeeSays Bloglovin

  19. The new chandlier looks so stylish!!! You dear Mr. & Mrs. P are very creative team :)


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