About two weeks ago a friend of mine, Sarah (the same Sarah from this interview!), gave me this chandelier that she no longer wanted. She knows I'm all about a good makeover project :) I was so excited to get started!
It took me entirely too long to pick the perfect color. I finally decided on a pretty grey. "Neutral Grey 7" to be exact, and the brand is Liquitex. Normally Liquitex spray paint is meant for art-related things, but I had used Liquitex when spraying this chandelier from my office, so I knew it clung well to brass. Plus they have a HUGE selection on colors, so they've become my new go-to spray brand :) You can buy this wonderful stuff at Michaels, and I'm pretty sure Plaza Art sells it too!
After purchasing the paint, it was time for the dirty work. Cleaning all the nooks and crannies so there would be minimal dust/rough edges for the spray to cling to. There's probably a better way to do this, but I just used Clorox wipes and paper towel. I also removed all the bulbs, covers and their shades. I find it's helpful to watch Netflix while doing this yucky part.
Next I covered the electrical with tape so that when I sprayed it, nothing important would be damaged, and I brought it to the backyard to begin spraying!
It took a couple coats (and the grass got a little taste of it, too). I also made sure to spray the bulb covers. That part was tricky because they kept rolling around. I learned that it was easiest to spray from top to bottom for minimal rolling.
While it's wet it looks very glossy, but once it dries it's matte. I purchased new bulbs (Home Depot- for a little less than $4 you get a pack of 4) And there you have it!
You can see how the chandelier is not exactly perfect, the bulb covers aren't the exact size so you get an unattractive view of that brownish orange peeking through. Depending on how it looks once it's hanging, I may replace these with new covers. Besides that, I'm really happy with how this turned out! I purchased a beautiful ceiling medallion to dress it up - something you'll be seeing in the next few weeks when I reveal where it will be hanging!
So next time you're thinking about trashing that old light fixture, think again! Or at least hire me to think again for you ;)
Hi friends! Welcome to the blog! I'm Mandy and I'm an artist, blogger & founder of the "Artists to Know" interview series. Here you'll find photos of my latest art adventures, furniture makeover projects & advice from successful artists!
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