So I just painted my chandelier.
And every time I mentioned to anyone that I was considering doing it, the reaction was always the same. The person would smile – in a frozen sort of way – while she tried to hide the horror at the mental image she was creating of me, with a paintbrush and a ladder, and a circa 1990 brass chandelier. She would normally follow it up with – “Well, that’s an interesting choice.”
But this is my chandelier.
Or it WAS my chandelier.
And it was fine. And it may be the only thing in the house that hadn’t changed in the 11 years we’ve been here. It initially came from Lowe’s, and it has served us well, but I was looking for something a little lighter.
So, I picked up a few paint samples at Lowes. Seriously – I love these things. Just the right amount of paint.
And I was ready to tackle the paint job, but I ran into an immediate snag. When I took the shades off – the shades that always seemed just a little bit wonky, no matter what I did – THIS is what I encountered.
The shades were held in place by sitting on these rings above the bulbs.
BUT – Lowes also stocks these little things, and so I replaced the ones that came on my chandelier with new, plain white ones.
So after that initial little dilemma was solved, I painted away. I painted the main stem of the chandelier light grey, and the arms light tan. And, as much photography as I have done in the last decade, I found it TERRIBLY difficult to photograph a chandelier and keep true color. So – some of the photos here show it with the lights on, and some with the lights off, in an attempt to show the details.
But, I didn’t want to stop at just a little paint job. I picked up these crystals in the wedding section at Hobby Lobby. I curled a wire into a loop, and I slide it over my newly installed white “candle” bases, and I slid the wire loop all the way to the bottom, where it was hidden inside the candle cup. It left the crystals free to hang over the sides, with practically no hint of wire showing. (Don’t you love the gray paint on my pinky finger???)
I also dug out some “pearl” strands that we used in our wedding, and looped them through the arms of the chandelier. I had initially been looking for strings of clear, crystal-like beads. I had gotten the pearls out to be my testers, to help me understand how much and what kind of crystal beads I would need. I ended up liking the pearls, and since they were from our wedding, I think they might stay for a while.
I think I accomplished a pretty major overhaul – all for around $30, and for only a few hours work.