Little Painted Chandelier

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posted on August 24, 2011 by  |  posted under Decorating, Fun With Kids

Little Painted Chandelier

Alright. I’m gonna share the secret on how I refinished this adorable chandelier that keeps popping up in the background of my pictures.

Pay attention… its really REALLY easy :) {shhh, don’t tell}.

Little Painted Chandelier

As I dreamed about having a nice little nursery for my babies, I couldn’t help but imagine a bright little chandelier hanging from the ceiling. I searched and searched for something just right. I never realized how expensive light fixtures can be! I just so happened upon THIS very inexpensive small chandelier with crystals hanging from it, for a killer price, at IKEA. It came in a brushed nickle finish which really didn’t match my nursery in any way, but I couldn’t pass up the deal! I wasn’t expecting that a simple coat of paint would make this item the highlight of the nursery! This technique would work for just about any metal or plastic light fixture. While shopping around at yard sales and thrift stores give those dusty old light fixtures a second glance.. You might be surprised at the difference a brush and some paint can make!

Determine how long you want the chain on the light to be, then remove the links you don’t want. I used some pliers to pry the extra links off. I took out all the links since my ceiling wasn’t very tall. The crystals are all linked together with some wire rings, kind of like key chain rings. Take a good look at the chandelier so you remember where each strand connected and unwound the links from the chandelier. This makes it a lot easier to handle and paint. Take it outside on a trash bag and spray it down with indoor/outdoor, all purpose, white primer. I let it dry for about 10 min, flipped it over and sprayed the parts I missed. Then let it dry another 10 min.

Little Painted Chandelier

On the directions it says it takes 10 min to dry to touch, but it shouldn’t be handled for an hour. Since I’m not very patient.. I disregarded this and just started painting. I decided to use an acrylic paint, it’s cheap and they sell tons of colors at just about any craft store. I didn’t pick any particular brand, just a color I really liked. Use a sponge brush to paint it on. There was no order to how I painted mine.. just slop it on there and make sure it looks kind of even.

Little Painted Chandelier

Let the paint dry to touch. I wanted to add a little antique look to the edges. I used Folkart antiquing medium the color was “down home brown”. Lightly dip your brush in and barely brushed the edges of the fixture. Some areas I put it on thicker than others and wiped it back off to give it some depth. Just brush it on to your own personal liking.

Little Painted Chandelier

When it looks the way you want, let it dry for about half an hour. Then comes the tricky part. Twisting the crystal strands back on the fixture. Make sure you get all the links and strands back in the right holes, and be careful not to scratch the paint too much.

Little Painted Chandelier

Screw in the light bulbs and grab your handyman! I called my dad up to help me hang it from the ceiling. I had no idea how the wires worked inside, I probably would have been electrocuted if I had tried to put it up myself ;)

… and that’s it!

disassemble
prime
paint
antique
reassemble
hang
done.

Little Painted Chandelier

Quick. Easy. and ADORABLE!

Little Painted Chandelier

(We’re linking up to these parties!)

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COMMENTS
  1. August 24th, 2011 at 9:02 am
    Penny says:
    It's beautiful! Looks like it came from a swanky upper end store. Thanks for sharing.
  2. August 24th, 2011 at 10:28 am
    Capel Braided Rugs says:
    Oh wow! That is just fabulous! So pretty! Love the funky turquoise color, too! :)
  3. August 24th, 2011 at 12:50 pm
    Alison@howdoesshe says:
    Super Cute! I want one!
  4. August 24th, 2011 at 3:43 pm
    Jamielyn@iheartnaptime says:
    This is absolutely gorgeous!! Love it!
  5. August 24th, 2011 at 4:16 pm
    Amy says:
    It's super cute! I love the color!
  6. August 24th, 2011 at 4:43 pm
    Michelle {Fun On A Dime} says:
    What a fun color! Great job!
  7. August 24th, 2011 at 5:06 pm
    Tonya says:
    Love it! I made one for my dining room from an old ugly brass chandelier I picked up at a thrift store and some Christmas tree garland beads from Hobby Lobby! It's even turquoise too! We have great taste! :)
  8. August 24th, 2011 at 5:25 pm
    michele says:
    So cute--love that turquoise! I have this same chandelier--the pop of color is so cool, it makes it really stand out. Thanks for the inspiration!
  9. August 24th, 2011 at 5:41 pm
    Jo-Anna says:
    Oh my! How much do I LOVE this?! I've been on the hunt for a chandelier for my bedroom, and could never find the colour I wanted! This is genius! Pinning it!
    Jo-Anna
  10. August 24th, 2011 at 6:41 pm
    Lindsay says:
    That makes such a difference! What a great new piece you have! Love the color!


    I have a link party going on now, called Show & Share. I'd love to have you link this up!

    http://southernlovely.blogspot.com/2011/08/show-share-2.html
  11. August 24th, 2011 at 7:24 pm
    Mik says:
    You'd never know this was from IKEA if you hadn't mentioned it. It's gorgeous. Perfectly done!
  12. August 24th, 2011 at 10:12 pm
    Heather says:
    I love this!!! What a special, personal touch you gave. I am now your newest follower!
  13. November 12th, 2011 at 6:45 pm
    kate says:
    Love this! Just bought one. I am wondering how you got the white cord not to show that was in between the links. I know you said you took out all the links but then what about that cord? Did you pull it up into the cieling plate? Im wondering how it would all fit in there? Thanks for your help!
    • November 13th, 2011 at 7:33 pm
      Lara says:
      I just shoved the cord up into the ceiling plate! I just coiled it up inside! I didn't have any problems making it fit :) Good luck!
  14. November 29th, 2011 at 9:22 am
    Amy says:
    Wow! I love this! I want a pretty chandelier for my daughter's room!
  15. December 20th, 2011 at 1:24 pm
    Lusi says:
    Wow! Gorgeous and Easy by the looks of it! Thanks got sharing this :-)
    Lusi x
  16. July 26th, 2013 at 11:48 am
    Erin says:
    This is a great idea! Does this chandelier provide enough light for your nursery? I couldn't tell from the display in the store. Thanks!
  17. June 30th, 2014 at 11:13 pm
    Sorren says:
    Oh wow this is soo cute its exactly what i want to do for my daughter :) thankyou for the inspiration xx
  18. August 6th, 2014 at 3:53 am
    Google says:
    Great article.
  19. August 17th, 2014 at 5:44 pm
    Shanna says:
    Looks great and your process is easy! My little girl would love it! We are currently re-doing her room. The room is aprox. 13x13 and has a reading nook attached that is about 4x6. I need lighting for both. Would this be bright enough for her entire room or should I just stick with it for the nook?
  20. September 11th, 2014 at 8:06 am
    Sara says:
    Ahh, finally a tutorial without the use of spray paint. I have been wondering what brush to use to paint my daughter's light!

    Makes perfect sense!!!
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