And It Works! {An $8 Chandelier Makeover}

I am soooo happy the chandelier I bought at the thrift store works!  Even though a small headache occurred when we took down the florescent lighting, the electrician already came and installed the electrical box and our laundry room (which is still undergoing a makeover) is now sporting a lovely “new” aqua chandelier! *UPDATE: See Laundry Room Makeover Here*

Doesn’t it look beautiful??  And yes I still need to finish cutting in around the edges on the wall with the orange paint.  I just can’t reach it and still not sure how I’ll get that one done.

Here is the before of the $8 thrift store brass chandelier.

I first just cleaned the chandelier, and then protected all of the bulb sockets by wrapping them in foil before I spray painted.

Then I painted the chandelier with my favorite aqua spray paint from Krylon called Catalina Mist.  It’s soooo pretty.  For other projects using this color you can see my aqua painted mason jar here, and my old drawer project here.

Don’t look at the chain too closely and think I forgot to paint it or something.  I just didn’t worry about it much because I plan to put one of those cute chain covers around it anyway.

And here it is hung up again in the laundry room.

And YES, this fixture does put off plenty of light in this room which I was originally worried about thanks to my husband, but we set him straight didn’t we? :)  I just love it and it makes the laundry room more happy.

Ahh I love spray paint.  It’s still amazes me what a little paint can do!  You’d think I would lose my excitement by now about paint in general, but I haven’t and probably never will. It’s just awesome! :)

This room is just about done now with a few touch ups left to do.  I can’t wait to show you!  Have you painted anything recently?  Do you ever get tired of what a little paint can do to something ugly?

Sharing this post at Sarah’s Before and After Party and Weekend Wrap Up Party.

UPDATE: See Laundry Room Makeover Here.




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  1. Darlene Perez (MyHeartCreates) says:

    Absolutely lovely!! and how is the lighting for you? I know you were worried about how much light it would give off!

  2. kristin M says:

    looks fantastic! did you use primer first?

  3. Anonymous says:

    I had that SAME chandelier. Got it at a white elephant party. I cut in half and made TWO princess lights for my little girls! :)

  4. Looks fabulous!!! So glad it’s providing enough light!!!

    To Anonymous who cut hers in half…what a great idea! What saw did you use to do that? Maybe my husband has one in his workshop.

  5. Love that people are giving those brassy fixtures a second life! It’s a great chandy and it looks wonderful. Yep, ya gotta love spray paint. I know I do. Amazing stuff =)

  6. I love it! But, I’m on pins and needles with excitement to see your laundry room reveal! ;-D

  7. Love it…finally found the Cataline Mist at Hobby Lobby and want to spray paint a Ball jar. I haven’t looked at spray paint (other than white and broze) for so long that I didn’t realize how many amazing colors they had. Thanks for all of the great ideas! Keep up the great work!

  8. Kristen Mc says:

    love it! especially the color! you know those parts that surround the light hardware… the cylinder things? i have been known to add hot glue to them in a drippy fashion so they look like candles… just a thought :) they look especially cool like that if you use the “flame” shaped bulbs. great work!

  9. What a fantastic transformation! I love the color you chose, a great improvement over the brass!

  10. Fabulous, love the color you chose and the chandelier looks amazing, I’d love to see a photo of the whole room.

    Beautiful work!

  11. You know those little white things slide right off… no need to tin foil them?!

  12. How absolutely lovely! I’ve got to keep my eyes open for some thrift store chandeliers. Thank you for sharing. Wishing you a grand evening. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  13. carol jane says:

    Love the chandy! Did you sand or prime it before painting it? I always get drips when I spray paint metal. What am I doing wrong?

    • Carol no I didn’t sand or prime. You could prime, but no need to sand. If you are getting drips, you are spraying too much. You have to spray light coats and not try and cover it all with just the 1st coat. You could try and get one of those spray gun attachments to put on your can too to help with control.

  14. great job giving a fresh look to a second hand chandelier – your laundry room must be fabulously glam!

  15. Beautiful color palette, Emily! Great find, gorgeous job!

  16. I’ve got an old brass chandelier I’ve been thinking about painting… I love how yours turned out!

  17. I absolutely LOVE this color you used! Looks so pretty! BTW, where did you get that rug?

    Would you link this up to my party here {} I’d love to have you!

    Hope you’re having a great weekend.

  18. I am so insanely jealous! I’ve been on the hunt for a good chandelier for like 2 years now, and the only inexpensive ones I find are hideous; and the only nice looking ones I find are super expensive. You’re so lucky to have found a great looking one for such a great price!!

    I would love it if you would link up at Watch Out, Martha!’s first link up party: Martha Mondays, starting tomorrow! Hope to see you there! ( )

  19. I love the orange and aqua together and especially with that rug!

  20. Rosemary Armesto says:

    I left one in the attic of my townhouse. The closing is next Tuesday. Popping over there to get that chandelier, paint it and have it put in my walk in closet!!! Thank YOU! :D

  21. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. says:

    Awesome! I need to go get some spray paint!

  22. b england says:

    I just did the same thing to an old iron 12 light chandelier. I sprayed it bright red (did not have to prime) then hung red swarovsky crystals and actually found a red ball to hang from the bottom. I then embellished my shades with tassels and hung the fixture at my back door. It is now my most favorite piece in the house and I have a beautiful new chandelier in my dining room. ha I too love spray paint and actually just today sprayed an old magazine rack black with some red. Magazine racks may be out of style, but oh well, I got my fix ;)

  23. That looks great…I am making over my dining room now and would love to do this. My husband does not have a handy bone in his body. I am nervous about the wiring. How about a tutorial on that?

  24. I absolutely love it. Now I want one for my laundry room.

  25. Love how this turned out. Looking for a couple large, old brass-toned chandeliers to paint for our kitchen. Have a question for you. Looks like it’s been a couple years since you did this project. Any problems with the paint chipping as of yet? Everything still ship-shape? Great color….one of my favorites!! Thanks for the info, too. Kimberly


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