My dear friend Jennifer of Gracious Spaces took a paint brush to her chandelier and the outcome is fabulous.
Here is Jennifer’s chandelier story:
“The back story is that I’ve been trying to pull a more cohesive look in my living room – shabby, cottage, coastal…
I bought this chandelier in a brassy finish about 10 yrs ago and then spray painted it black. I added twine & burlap strips and that worked for some years. But for the past 2 years I’ve been thinking about how nice it would look if it were white – like the medallion & some of the other elements in the room.
I didn’t have someone available to take it down so I decided to paint it as it was hanging. I don’t recommend doing that! I used a foam brush and a regular paint brush with regular interior paint that was leftover from other projects. I added the crystals to give it some bling which was also “no cost decorating” – I grabbed the crystals off of an older candelabra that had seen it’s better days and simply attached them to the arms of the fixture. I rigged a little string onto the 3 crystals at the bottom and tied it to the bottom of the fixture. Done! So worth it! It blends with room and actually complements what I’m trying to achieve.”
I asked Jennifer why she thinks the regular paint adhered to the chandelier without any problems, and Jennifer added that she did not use a primer but the fact that it had been previously spray painted may be the answer. Jennifer and I suggest that if you can remove your chandelier it will make it much easier to paint. It also took several hours, the first coat took a long time to get into all the nooks and crannies, according to Jennifer the sponge brush worked best. After the first coat dried Jennifer gave it a second coat and then added the bling.
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