Getting Past the Ugly: Chandelier Makeovers


Some of my friends and family think I’m crazy when I bring home things like this…



Dusty, dirty, brassy….and those amber, bubbled globes!  Aackkkk!!



Same with this one, but not nearly as scary!



They’re getting a little easier on the eyes, right?  Can you see past the ugly?  Can you see the form, the silhouette?  And on this one, the beautiful glass insert?

Here’s what a little paint can do….after a good scrubbing!



Not quite there, yet.

Paint is like magic, eh?

Here’s the black and red one hanging in my office.  This one cost me all of $5.00.  I already had the paint.



Remember the “before” pictures are before blogging, so I don’t have all of the befores and afters as I would wish, but here’s the one with glass hanging in one of my guest rooms, formerly my daughter’s room.  (Full tour later!)  This chandelier cost $3.00!



And here’s the white and blue one in it’s final home, my master bedroom.  This little beauty I found for $2.00 at a garage sale!  None of these chandeliers needed to be re-wired!



I may not be done with this one,  I keep kicking around the idea of drilling some holes into some blue and white butter plates and using them as bobeches.

As expensive as lighting is, why not take a chance?  Spend a couple of dollars, paint it any color you like….if you mess up, (which you won’t!), you’ll only have invested a small amount of time and the cost of a cup of coffee.   DO EEEEET!!

And remember, if you ever have any questions, feel free to email me.  I’ll be happy to answer them, if I can!

Bye from the bungalow,



  1. Don’t you just love bringing home crap and turning it into something fabulous? I love the chandeliers painted! They look so good now! Great transformation!


  2. What a difference a coat of paint makes! They look fabulous.

  3. I love old lamps & chandeliers! Could you please post a tutorial? What kind of paint did you use & did you do anything to the brass before painting?

    Thank you!

    • Hi Penny! I am such a disorganized, messy and impatient crafter, I fear tutorials! But lamps and chandeliers are pretty straight forward for me, so I guess I could do that…for you!! A couple of tips I can share here are: put the cord in a plastic baggie and tape as close to the base of the lamp as possible. This should keep you from spray painting your cord. Also, I use a spray Kilz to prime the brass before painting. I just finished one I did in a cherry red…LOVE! Thanks for your question and for stopping by the blog!

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