Thanks to a budget warn thin this summer, I’ve had to take our old granny-style chandeliers and update them with paint instead of buying new lighting for a room we’re renovating.
I’m glad we were out of money, because I think the final chandelier update is quite elegant. I’d been looking for nice shades to switch out for the tacky frosted glass ones on the existing chandelier, but found that the cheapest ones we liked cost $20. Each. That would have been $20 times 13 for the three chandeliers being updated. Not a chance.
So out came the box of Porcelaine paints a friend found at a garage sale, and here is the updated result. The stemwork of the chandelier was spraypainted grey, and the shades were done in yellow petals and a white background.
My advice on a chandelier update? Paint it first.