DIY: Refinishing a Chandelier from Builder to Modern


Refinish a builder chandelier for cheap with Rustoleum Spray Paint

Lighting fixtures cost a significant amount of money and are one of the more expensive cosmetic upgrades to the design of any room. Have you considered refinish a chandelier? Instead of buying brand new out of the box, purchasing someone else’s trade in off of Craigslist. You can almost always find a builder style traditional chandelier for dirt cheap. But builder brown isn’t your style? No problem! A couple of spray paint cans later and you can own a real beauty for under $100.

I wish I had a before picture of this light fixture. It was just another boring brown builder style light fixture out of my Dad’s house. I completely revamped it into a beautiful fixture for a luxury, high-rise home office project.

How To Refinish a Chandelier:

  1.     I Disassembled the Light – Be sure to remember how you took it apart so you can put it back together again
  2.     Clean  – Don’t forget all the hard to reach areas
  3.     Primer – I applied a grey primer to the visible metal pieces to keep away future rust and helps the paint adhere to the fixture; let it dry
  4.     Paint – Paint over the primer. The paint in the picture is actually glittery blue; let it dry
  5.     Top Coat – Just like your nails, apply a top coat to seal in the finish. I used glossy, but matte is available; let it dry
  6.     Details – I painted silver details on the frosted glass so it didn’t look so pedestrian
  7.     Reassemble – Put it all back together without forgetting parts
  8.     Hang it – Somewhere special
  9.     TouchUp – I used some enamel paint used for model planes to touch up scratches caused by the hanging process; she was significantlyheavier that we forecasted

Blue metallic refinishing a chandelier for home office

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Jena Apgar is the CEO & Chief Digital Marketing Warfare Strategist at Warfare Marketing, Inc., an agency dedicating to doubling the revenue of their clients in just one year. Her most recent endeavor is launching the MomBoss.Club business blog as a place for working moms to come together and share thoughts, ideas and what’s working now from business to family work after she built her agency from a game of FarmVille to helping companies with 1 million in revenue double their earnings. This warrior momma was a single mom during her service and now a happily married with 3 kids: 16 years old Kaitlyn, who is already a Certified Digital Marketing Professional, 5 year old Jonathan who is a sneaky super spider climber, and princess Bella at 2 years old who is, as dainty as she is, carries a sword!


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