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:
- I Disassembled the Light – Be sure to remember how you took it apart so you can put it back together again
- Clean – Don’t forget all the hard to reach areas
- 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
- Paint – Paint over the primer. The paint in the picture is actually glittery blue; let it dry
- 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
- Details – I painted silver details on the frosted glass so it didn’t look so pedestrian
- Reassemble – Put it all back together without forgetting parts
- Hang it – Somewhere special
- 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