When I bought my 20 year old builder grade home a couple of years ago, some features of the house had been updated and some had not. Some of the original features in the home included old, builder-grade (meaning $5) light fixtures.
My goal for this home is to stay for a few years, make it livable, then move. I bought the home because it is in a very desirable neighborhood, so I know it will resell easily when I’m ready.
As I began my makeover of the house, I knew the matching, tacky 90s shiny brass chandeliers in the dining room and foyer had to go.
As I started searching for new lighting, I was facing spending hundreds of dollars for new lighting. Other light fixtures needed to be replaced as well – hallways, outdoors, the basement, and closets. Here is one the light fixtures I chose for the hallways.
As I made decisions about finish choice, I debated about going with gold or silver. Silver/nickel is safe for resale, but antiqued gold is very popular right now and I thought it would look great with the navy theme I had chosen for the house.
Since the dining room and foyer need such large fixtures, the fixtures I was finding were relatively expensive for the budget I wanted for the house.
While the flooring was being replaced in the dining room, I decided to try my hand at spray painting the dining room fixture. I figured I had nothing to lose – if it didn’t work, I could go with the original plan to replace it.
I taped newspaper to the ceiling and used painters tape to cover the sockets.
I used Rust-Oleum Universal Metallic Spray Paint in Pure Gold. It is a matte finish and a light gold color.
I used the same spray paint for the bookshelf transformation on the shiny brass pulls.
When you spray paint a chandelier, make sure you clean it first and remove any dust. The paint will not be smooth and will look bumpy if you don’t wipe all the dust off.
Make sure you spray multiple, thin coats. You do not want drips and spray paint on metal will drip fairly easily.
Make sure you spray it from various angles so that you don’t get shiny spots coming through.
Finally, I added some chandelier shades from Lowe’s Home Improvement to further distract from the outdated style.
I had to use a lot of drop cloths to complete the foyer chandelier and borrowed some scaffolding. While I was up in the air in the 2-story foyer, I changed all of the lightbulbs, not just the ones that were burned out. I figured it would be a good idea to replace them all for the small amount of money it cost, rather than dismantling the scaffold, only to have a bulb burn out the next day!
I hope the results give you some inspiration to get the spray paint out!