I'm always on the lookout for things I can upcycle and use to decorate my home. Last fall I found a 1970s wood and antique brass chandelier at the dump. It was missing the screws and glass shades but I liked the overall look of it so I dragged it home for my guest bedroom.
A few coats of white spray paint breathed new life into this light fixture. Of course I was so excited to see it painted I forgot the obligatory before shot. Sigh. It looked a little like this one (see below) only the wood is oak and was a lighter stain colour.
This is the only true glimpse of the before that you get. This is antique brass part that I hung in a tree because I read on a blog that if you wanted to spray paint a chandelier it was best to hang it up. Since I only use spray paint outdoors, the only thing handy was a tree. Why I even took this shot is beyond me... I must have realized too late that I forgot my before shot!
This is the paint I used. I love flat paint and this white is perfect in a flat finish.
Here is my chandelier. I protected the tree from the spray paint by wrapping it with plastic.
I sanded some of the paint off the wood to give it a shabby look and I wanted to add some sparkle. I found crystal prisms at D Lawless Hardware, see them HERE. I love this online store, they offer the coolest things and at such a great price you can't resist!
I took them apart so that I had the round crystal with the top wire loop only and the prism with a wire loop of its own. I used needle nose pliers. The wire is very pliable and easy to work with.
I used these cute Christmas hangers for the prisms because the lampshade holders were too deep to allow the prisms to dangle freely. I used the round crystals to cover the hole. Then I wrapped the wire and chain with a wide satin ribbon that came with the Rachel Ashwell quilt I have on the bed.
and guess who muscled in on the action when I wasn't looking.
I would have liked to find some pretty cut glass shades to put over the light bulbs but so far I haven't found anything I like. Meanwhile, I'm pretty happy with this new look and it sure beats that ugly, cheap and very dim boob light that used to be here.
One more thing done!
Disclaimer: I have partnered with D Lawless Hardware to demonstrate some of their products. Although I received free merchandise in exchange my review, the opinions stated are entirely my own.