Our new house was built in 1996, which has a lot of advantages–like extra large room sizes, and a few disadvantages–like lots and lots of brass fixtures. The good news is that changing brass fixtures is an easy fix. Changing room size is not.
My first attempt at covering up the brass was our dining room chandelier. Here it is before:
It was GLARINGLY brass, with white “candles” that didn’t do much for it at all. It was the first thing your eye was drawn to in the room, which is why I disliked it. A light fixture should only be drawing attention like that if it is stunningly beautiful. Otherwise it should just blend into the scenery and play a supporting role in the room and not try to get all Julia Robertsy.
So yesterday I took it down a few notches and turned it into this:
Can you believe the difference that made?? This chandelier definitely needed to be a little more Kit De Luca and a little less Vivian Ward.
I’m pretty amazed at it myself!
I figured it was well worth a shot before I went out and spent a hefty amount on a brand new chandelier for the room. The only thing I spent money on was two cans of Rustoleum Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint with a trigger squeezey thing.
Let me stop here and say that this project would never have happened without the help of my wonderful handy husband. He has no fear of electricity like I do. Plus he is tall and can reach the ceiling fairly easily on a step stool. And hold his arms above his head for an extended period of time. That always helps.
After he shut off the power at the panel box (VERY IMPORTANT STEP!) I held the weight of the light fixture while he removed it from the hard wiring. Then he unscrewed it from the mount and it was down. I didn’t realize it would be that easy! I was pleasantly surprised by how simple it was, actually.
Then he took it outside and used an “S” hook to hang it from a tree so I could paint it.
Don’t think it didn’t cross my mind to set up a red checkered table cloth out there and serve Gus and Woodrow a romantic spaghetti dinner.
After I cleaned it really well and knocked all the dust off with Windex I stuck little pieces of foam wrapping stuff down inside each bulb opening. This kept the paint out of there.
Then I sprayed it all over and made sure to get inside and around all the crevices.
And after letting it dry outside for a few hours, we brought it inside and put it back up!
This was one of the cheapest and easiest DIY projects that I’ve ever completed that made a HUGE impact on the way a room looks. I could have easily spent $300 or more dollars buying a new fixture, but I am happy to get a few more miles from this one.
Besides, this light ain’t so bad. Not bad at all, is it? I don’t think so.
It has lots of great curves and I think it fits in really nicely with the other Frenchy fru-fru stuff in my dining room.
I’m so excited about this new project!
Watch out, house. I might be a mad spraypainter on lots of other fixtures around here! I wonder if it would work on doorknobs? And toilet paper holders?
If you liked this post, be sure to check out “How to Replace a Sconce Light with Something Much Cooler“!