Redesign Your Chandelier: From Boring Brass to Beautiful Bronze

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Homes built in the 80s and 90s often featured brass fixtures and although functional and still beautiful, they are prime targets for an update. Rather than replace them, why not just bring them into the present with a little paint?

Things You'll Need

  • Spray chandelier cleaner
  • Painter's plastic
  • Painter's tape
  • Metallic spray paint (Rust-oleum Oil Rubbed Bronze was used in this project)
A change of color updates the entire look.
A change of color updates the entire look. (Image: Debbie Williams)

Step 1

Remove the bulbs and plastic candles. Wrap the electrical bulb receptacles with painters tape.

Preparing the chandelier for painting.
Preparing the chandelier for painting. (Image: Debbie Williams)

Step 2

Lay a piece of painter's plastic on the floor beneath the fixture. Place a layer of towels directly beneath the chandelier and spray thoroughly with the spray cleaner. The cleaner should drip from the fixture, carrying with it all the dust and dirt. Let the chandelier dry completely.

Wipe the fixture with a cotton cloth after dry.
Wipe the fixture with a cotton cloth after dry. (Image: Debbie Williams)

Step 3

Staple and tape the painter's plastic to the ceiling around the fixture about 4 feet away in all directions. Remove the towels from the floor and put another layer of plastic on the floor covering the entire room. Overlap the ceiling plastic with vertical panels falling from the ceiling to the floor, overlapping the panels of plastic by several feet.

Plastic draped spray booth is ready for the paint.
Plastic draped spray booth is ready for the paint. (Image: Debbie Williams)

Step 4

Wear protective clothing, cover your head, wear safety glasses and a face mask. Step into the plastic tent between overlapping panels and paint the chandelier, being sure to cover every surface in light strokes. Take a break between coats to breath some fresh air. Remove the plastic, replace the candles and bulbs and enjoy your new chandelier!

The oil rubbed bronze is more modern looking.
The oil rubbed bronze is more modern looking. (Image: Debbie Williams)

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Tips & Warnings

  • Wait for the paint dust to settle completely before removing the plastic spray booth.
  • Wear a painting respirator mask if you have any breathing problems.
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