The DIY Chandelier

04 Jan
January 4, 2013

ugly chandelierOver time I have been working on the house, trying to figure out ways to declutter and get the feng shui flowing.  It is a slow process for financial reasons but also because I am not naturally crafty.  I have ideas but I need help with carrying them out and I usually have to get inspired from looking at pictures which always takes me a long time.  We have had an eye sore in our house for some time, it’s a brass chandelier that has been here I guess for thirty or so years.  It has pointy bulbs and originally had glass coverings for each bulb.  Each covering has slowly been broken over time and we were down to one bulb that actually worked.  Lance and I have looked at several stores in person and online to try to find a new light for the dining room, but we haven’t found one that we love and that is bright enough for the space.

Because we couldn’t find anything, I had taken a pause from it for a while and let it be.  Eye sore and all.  It’s one of those things, that you don’t really pay attention to, but you know that the right piece would bring out the colors in the room and pull it all together.

One night, I was looking through my Instagram, and my friend Jess had posted a chandelier that her sister had painted white.  I looked at it, liked it and thought it was cool.  I moved on and for the next couple days, I kept thinking about it.  I then thought about my chandelier.  Would I still dislike it if it was a different color?  I mean, it is a really bright light, it just needed to be a different color.  So the wheels kept turning.  I talked to my friend Tara about it, and we met at Home Depot a few days later.  One night she came over with another friend, and we made a night of it.  Chocolate martinis, music and some good ole DIY work.  We cleaned it, and it cleaned up well.  It did have discoloration from being so old and so painting it was a definite.  We set out to the garage, and primed that baby and spray painted it a matte black.  A couple of coats over the course of the evening, and it was a fun and productive night.

chandelier finished


chandelier up close

New bulbs change the look for a more modern feel.

I thanked my friend Jess for that original picture and told her what we did.  If it weren’t for that picture, there might still be an eye sore in our dining room!!

We are all so pleased with the chandelier, and it was quite a money saving venture as well.  A nice way to be green and recycle too!  I wonder what my next project will be…..

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2 replies
  1. Kelly says:

    Cool idea Mars! I love it!!!


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