Do you have the builder-grade, brass, chandelier blues? There is no need! With 2 cans of spray paint, a glue gun, and some scrap fabric, you can give that cookie cutter chandelier a whole new look! I purchased this one on Craig’s List for $20 for the new retail space our shop is moving into.
And this is how it looks now. Here’s the step-by-step of how to do it.
1.) Remove the candle sleeves and (in a well-ventilated area) spray paint the chandelier. This one is sprayed in Oil Rubbed Bronze by Krylon, but you can use any color you choose.
2.) Unfortunately I don’t have any pictures of this process, but you can use the glue from a glue gun to make “wax drips” that make the sleeves look more like real candles. 3.) Spray the candle sleeves in a color of your choosing (I used Ivory by Krylon in a satin finish.) A great tip for spraying these is to put them on the end of an old broom handle. Then transfer them to flat surface to dry. This is the result…
4.) Make a cord cover, so the chain is hidden. The room this chandelier will be hanging in is going to be painted in a brown & pink harlequin pattern, so I chose a pink and white fabric remnant from my stash. You’ll also need a glue gun and pinking shears (or normal scissors.) I use pinking shears to reduce fraying. 5.) Cut the fabric about 3-4 inches wide and twice the length of the chain you want to cover. In order to get the length I needed I had to glue two pieces together. Lay the pieces right side together and run a line of glue along the “seam.” I generally do not “sew” with glue guns, but a cord cover is one place where you can get away with it. Here’s the “seam” created by the glue.
6.) Fold the fabric length wise with the right sides together, run a line of glue and press together. Work in 6 inch sections, so the glue doesn’t dry before you can stick the fabric together.
7.) Once you have a complete fabric “tube”, turn it right side out. This process can be a little frustrating, but you just have to work with it. A good tip is to use a large safety pin on the end your pushing through and a wooden spoon handle to help get it through.8.) Thread the completed cord cover on the chandelier cord.9.) Put the candle sleeves back on…
…and tada! Brand new chandelier for about $27.00.
This is going up in our shop, so it’s not wired, yet. I can’t wait to show you pictures of our new shop. We’re scheduled to move at the end of October, so be sure to check back for pictures!
I’m Marian, aka Miss Mustard Seed, a wife, mother, paint enthusiast, lover of all things home and an entrepreneur, author, artist, designer, freelance writer & photographer. READ MORE to learn more about me, my blog and my business…
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