Step by Step Chandelier Transformation

Step 1. Buy a house built in 1982 on a beautiful park like 2 acres.

Step 2. Realize there is a whole lot of updating required on a house built in 1982 and proceed to spend all your spare money and the next 8 years tearing down wood paneling and brass fixtures.

Step 3. Run out of money before you have finished.

Step 4. Buy a can of spray paint in “Oil Rubbed Bronze” to match the fixtures you bought before you ran out of money.

Brass, meet Oil Rubbed Bronze

Step 5. Take down ugly brass chandelier in entry way. I recommend turning the lights off first. Turning off circuit breakers is also recommended but if your husband is doing it and he’s well insured this is an optional step.

Step 6. Remove the glass panels and tape off anything you don’t want to get painted (light bulb connections, wire tips, etc.)

Step 7. Set up a paint station (I recommend Charlie’s paint in a box method) and spray an even coat of paint.

This is in our shop. AKA my hubby’s man cave. I’m surprised he hasn’t wired it for satellite tv

Step 8. Repeat as necessary to ensure there is no brass peeking through.

Step 9. Touch up the spots where you touched it before waiting the recommended 30 minutes (optional step).

Step 10. While that is drying, peruse pinterest for ideas on creating a new shade or updating the glass shade.

No, I have no idea what it says. I tell myself it is inspirational sayings.

Step 11. Decide to decopauge tissue style paper over the glass shades so it will still let a lot of light through. I happened to remember that almost 14 years ago while in Korea adopting our daughter we ran across a little shop in the art district of Seoul with handmade paper that I just HAD to have and which has been sitting in my craft supply box waiting for inspiration since that time. If you are less of a random craft item hoarder than I am then you will need to go buy tissue paper, scrapbook paper or fabric in the color and print that matches your style.

Step 12. Cut down your paper/fabric to the size of the glass panels and using your most patient and detailed decopauge method (tips here), carefully apply the paper to the inside of the panels. Recoat as necessary (Mine took 3 coats)

Step 13. Drop one of the glass panels and break off a corner. (Optional step. I don’t actually recommend this one but I was committed to laying out all the steps I took).

Step 14. If your husband failed to electrocute himself dissembling the light fixture, convince him to rewire the newly painted and now oil rubbed bronze rather than brass fixture. I don’t recommend flicking on the light switch in an absent minded effort to provide him more working light (I didn’t actually do this, but I DID catch myself walking towards the switch… More than once.)

Step 15. Rehang the decopauged glass panels and step back and admire your funky new one of a kind no longer 80’s brass entry way chandelier.

No more 80’s brass chandelier!


5 thoughts on “Step by Step Chandelier Transformation

  1. Love it! All the steps! The ‘going to turn the light on’ – I’ve almost done that myself. And reminds me of when my dad was cleaning out the blocked U-bend in a sink once – it was full of tea leaves. He gave my mother the bucket full of tea leaves, water, and misc yucky sink grunge and asked her to tip it out… and she did, down the sink. He was NOT impressed – in fact he was one super grumpy covered in tea bags etc etc father person. HILARITY.

    • Haha! That’s hilarious!

      My mil had an outlet that was a fire hazard for some reason or another. My husband had discovered it. She kept flipping it on out of habit, so we put tape over it so she wouldn’t do that until an electrician could fix it. That’s probably the only thing that would stop me, too! That kind of thing is just so automatic.


  2. You said you “decopauged” the paper to the inside of each glass pane. I was going to do it to the outside because I didn’t want the paper to get hot and potentially start a fire. Have you noticed if the inside got hot or not? My plan is to redo this and hang in my daughter’s bedroom. Our glass panes also have an etching on them, so I was wondering if “decopauging” to the front would stick and cover the etching.
    Thoughts???? TIA

    • I did do it on the inside. I wasn’t too worried because it is just the little candle tip bulbs but if it were done on a light with a bigger bulb I think I’d make sure i used a low heat bulb like one of the LED style

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