Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Chandelier makeover...from brass to breath-taking!! (In my humble opinion)

Hey guys, you remember my yard sale chandelier from a few weeks ago?
Here's a little reminder of what it looked like the day I brought it home.....
Warning...shield your eyes from the shiny brass!!

In case you missed the post on this chandy, go here. I got it for 5 bucks!

I'm sure you guys know what I did to that
lovely, shiny brass....
yep, I painted it!

First I got it ready to prime by scrubbing it down, taking off the old, broken chandelier covers and masking off the top of each light bulb receptacle with tape so the paint wouldn't get down inside, like this...

Then I rigged up a nice little hook in my front tree from a coat hanger so I could hang it and paint it without having to paint part, let it dry and then paint more.  It's so much easier this way!
It's hard to see, but here's a pic to show you my little cheat for painting!

Then I got busy with the real work.....priming to get rid of the brass!
Here's a pic of the first coat of primer

Oh, we're looking better already, don't ya think?!

After a couple of coats of primer, and two coats of
white Krylon paint

 I started the fun part...
I bought crystal prisms!
Lots of crystal prisms!!
I bought french pendants, cut spear prisms and
even some crystal bead rope!
I already had some teardrop that came on the yard sale chandy!
(I have enough left from all those for my next
$5 yard sale find too!!)  LOL
I bought them from gspncrystals.com
it's a great place to buy chandeliers or crystals (and no, I'm not getting paid to tell you about them...I just love that store!)
I also bought white chain to hang it from and re-wired the top with white electrical wire instead of the garish gold that was on it before...looks MUCH better!

I bought chandelier light covers too.
The old ones were cracked and yellow as you can see
by looking at the left one below.

You wanna see what my 5 dollar chandelier looks like now???
Are you ready?
Are you sure you're ready?
Okay, here we go.....

Isn't she lovely?
Oh, swoooooon!

Here are some more shots

Here are some of the french pendants and
crystal bead roping.

I LOVE how cottage-y it looks in my kitchen!
See the spear crystals on the bottom...LOVE THOSE!

All lit up!

Oh, I forgot to tell you that all those holes in the chandelier were all
pre-drilled by the previous owner....
THANK YOU previous owner!!!

My hubby went to a movie and I hung the chandelier while
he was gone. :)
He knew I was dying to get it installed, so before he
left he took the old one down and just hung the chandelier
on the hook in our ceiling where it is swagged, to be
centered over our table....
all I had to do was make all the necessary connections
When he came home and saw the light
all hooked up, he said,
"I knew you would have it installed before I got home"....
he knows me well, I'm an impatient soul!

Here is one last before and after...

So, what do you think??
Worth $5 bucks!

Blessings and Hugs

I'm linking up to:
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mo said...

Just beautiful. You should be so proud. You inspire all of us to take something old and make it our own. Great post! *hugs*

Jane, Naples, Florida said...

I think it's absolutely incredible!
Love it! Good for you!

Thank you for sharing!

Flora Doora

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Oh My Gosh Sweetie...
This is just exquisite. I love the white make over and then the crystal rope and all of the crystals. Talk about fit for a queen. You did an awesome job.

A 5.00 chandelier and a little money on the crystals and new light covers, and you have an elegant, expensive chandelier for only dollars. I really love the spear crystals on the bottom, it makes it shine. To think the previous owner had even drilled the holes.

Sweetie I am clapping for you, can you hear me? Please take a bow. Just exquisite.

Have a gorgeous lighted day. You have certainly lit up my morning.

Country hugs sweetie...Sherry

Beca said...

So so pretty! You did an amazing job. I have a chandelier in my living room almost like that with all the crystals but I'm scared to paint it. I like the way yours turned out.

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Hi Missy....I can tell you are the proud new owner of a fabulous chandelier makeover! It looks absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!! You could tell it was going to be a hit with just the primer on it! I am so impressed that you hung it yourself too! $5...too!!! Your chandelier looks very similiar to the one in my dining room. Great job, Missy. I will have to show this to my hubby!~Hugs, Patti

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

who would know that ugly ducking could turn to one beautiful swan! i really love your chandelier! sooooooooo beautifully gorgeous! job well done! really love it!

Kathy @ Sweet Up-North Mornings... said...

That is Gorgeous!!!!!
Simply Gorgeous!
Worth a million bucks now!
xoxo~Kathy @
Sweet Up-North Mornings...

Jenny @ DIY Newlyweds said...

Wow, that is so lovely and beautiful! Amazing job! It's wonderful what a little spray paint can do :-)

stefanie said...

oh, its sooooooooooooooooo gorgeous!!!! I think it likes its new gorgeous look!!!

Unknown said...

Just gorgeous!! Great job!

Jen said...

It is soo beautiful, I can hardly believe it is the same one!! fantastic! Can I ask roughly how much the crystals set you back?? I need some for my front room chandelier and am not sure if I will be up for $100 or $1000 lol!
Thanks for the inspiration!
jen xo

My Cottage Charm said...

The crystals are SUPER reasonable! I bought them at gspncrystal.com. The french pendant ones were .68 each, the spears were $1.20 and the "roping" was $6.00 for 30". I didn't think that was bad at all! I bought extra too, for future projects! (cause you know I'll have them! lol)

Unknown said...

Oh! Gorgeous! Great job.


Robyn said...

Missy, it totally made my heart skip a BEAT! WOW! WOW! How incredibly gorgeous it is now is AMAZING! YOU ROCK~!!! I loved speaking with you yesterday as usual. I haven't figured out how to get your photos in photoshop yet because they weren't jpg. And it won't let me convert them to jpg's weird. I'll figure out...it's a quest now!

Joy said...

Love the new look I actually have one in my attic now, will go home and drag it out. Hope it turns out as good as yours.

Unknown said...

I am speechless....this is incredible!!!! What a great find and wonderful instructions!!!! I am going to be looking for those ugly brass chandeliers! :)

Ms Bingles Vintage Christmas said...

This looks wonderful and I am signing up to follow, so I can see more!
Thank you for sharing!

sportzmom said...

Gorgeous. I might have to start taking down all the ugly brass fixtures in my house and spray paint them! Love it!

Driftwood Girl @ Beauty and Inspiration said...

OH, I love this! Five bucks and creativity well spent! I have a brass fixture in my apartment that I'm not allowed to paint. grrrr... but I can live vicariously through your gorgeous chandy makeover :) Such a lovely job!

The Polka Dot Closet said...

OMG it is gorgeous! Everything, I mean everything, looks great when painted White. What a wonderful job!!


Lemon Lane Studio said...

Missy, It is gorgeous. What another amazing transformation. I love the crystal beading and all the prisms. And thanks for the great tree hanging trick! Have a wonderful week, Patty

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Wonderful project, Missy~ it turned out fabulous and looks beautiful in the room, too!!

Kansas Amy said...

That is quite the makeover! Thank you for sharing!!

Unknown said...

I love it! I just did a chandelier makeover too, only I went dark with mine, like an oil rubbed bronze.

from www.TrashToTreasureDecorating.com

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...


A realy beauty!

Lou Cinda :)

Diann @ The Thrifty Groove said...

Gorgeous! You did a fantastic redo on this chandy!!

Olivia said...

Oh my sweetness! Just darling! I just posted about a $5 chandy too. Stop by and check it out if you have time.

Pamela said...

Love your chandy!! She turned out beautiful!

decorating diva {aka deanna} said...

lovely! i am just waiting for the day i come upon a lovely treasure like that to makeover! you did a beautiful job! i'm joining your party for friday! thanks~decorating diva @ cottageromance.blogspot.com

decorating diva {aka deanna} said...

ooops! the party for thursday! thanks!

Anonymous said...

Absolutely gorgeous!

Unknown said...

That is the most beautiful chandy! You did a great job! Chandeliers are my favorite thing in the world!

Amy Chalmers said...

YOur chandy came out gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!! I love the crystals you added and the finish looks perfect in your kitchen!

My Cottage Charm said...

Thanks gals! I love my chandy too...it makes my heart go pitter patter. (especially the price! lol) :) I'm glad you all like it, it makes it more special to me when I know I have the approval of all my buddies. :)
Love you all!

Lettered Cottage said...

It's LOVERLY! :-)


Kimmy said...

Beautiful, and you just can't beat the price!! Great job :)

Debbie~ said...

Stunning! I looove it, everything you did to it made it just perfect! It really finishes your pretty dining room! Thanks for sharing.
Debbie @ Cottage Hann~Me~Downs

My Shabby Streamside Studio said...

Makes all the difference, yes?! Congrats on your chandy!


Sandy @ My Shabby Streamside Studio

Unknown said...

Wow, wow, wow! So pretty! I have one I'm working on, but it won't be that gorgeous! Good job!

Andrea said...

That is amazing!!!!! yes, you are so correct...you don't have to spend $700.00 on a chandelier! Gosh, now I've got to keep my eyes open for an old chandelier at a sale or auction. Then, you can come to my house and redo it for me!! LOL And then you can rewire it for me...LOL....I need to go to school...will you be the instructor? All joking aside, you did a wonderful job and I am inspired to try something new! Maybe not be able to do all that you did, but I can makeover something today???? hmmmmm? what will it be??? Oh ya...gotta finish that closet first....shucks!!
blessings to you

Pam said...

Very pretty. Amazing what a little paint can do.

Honey I'm Home Blog said...

Wow, love it. Thanks for sharing!

Warmly, Michelle

Anonymous said...

Very pretty. Love the wallpaper behind it.
BTW the holes were already in the chandy. It would have had crystals hanging on it when it was made.

My Cottage Charm said...

Anonymous...thanks! i love the wallpaper too...I saved FOREVER to buy it! :)
The chandy might have had some holes from when it was new, but some had been drilled by the previous owner...she told me she did them. :) LOL
Have a great day!

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Now THAT is one fabulous makeover. LOVE it. BRAVO.

Warm blessings,

Amie said...

Wow this is awesome! I'm curious what you paid in remodeling costs ? paint, crystals, light covers... It's gorgeous! amiedanny@msn.com

Magali said...

Thanks a lot. I found a brass chandelier in my grand mother's attic last Christmas... And I had this idea to paint it white, as I thought it would look better on my white ceiling... My whole family thought I was crazy. Now I found your tutorial, I know it's possible... I'll try that next spring.
Magali xxx

Sarah said...

I LOVE a good chandy makeover! Yours turned out fabulous! Found you via TDC. Your newest follower!

Dawna said...

Love, love love it ! You did an awesome job and now it is ready to have a new life shining in your room!! Great job!

Robyn said...

I had to come back and look at this lovely little lady! She's soooo pretty now!

Anonymous said...

simply divine!!

Lynda@CMsThriftyGems said...

Amazing! I am definitely jealous

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

That is fantastic, Missy! I love it! Now I want one! I think I need to hit yard sales more often and start looking for chandy's. I love all the crystal pieces you added, too.

From Nester's! : )

Sara Neufeld said...

oh i absolutely love it!! i need to find a 5 dollar chandy for our baby girl's nursery!

deb mills said...

absolutely spectacular! amazing what a little paint, elbow grease, and creative juices can do, isn't it? fabulous job!

thepurplerose said...

That is A-W-E-S-O-M-E!!!

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