Got an outdated chandelier hanging over the dining room table that you would like to replace but can’t afford to? Or perhaps you have an ornate chandelier found at a flea market and just don’t know how to bring it up to date to reflect your style. A little paint goes a long way to update the look of an old chandelier, and here are painting tips and ideas for updating a chandelier.
Prepare Chandelier for Painting
Remove light bulbs and anything else on the chandelier that you do not want painted, such as crystals or shades. Use masking tape to cover any spots on the chandelier you want to keep un-painted, such as the light bulb sockets. The electrical wiring inside the chandelier can remain, just keep the cord out of the way when painting chandelier.
Grab two chairs that have backs of equal height, such as two dinning room chairs, and grab a broom. Place chairs back to back with two to three feet between them, cover chairs with drop cloth. Place broom handle lengthwise across the backs of the chairs and secure into place with rope or bungee cords. Suspend the chandelier from the middle of the broom handle. This will allow for a hands-free, evenly coated paint job.
Prime and Paint Chandelier
Spray primer and spray paint will be used to paint chandelier, so before beginning make sure all surrounding areas are covered (chairs, floors, etc.). Use spray primer suitable for metal surfaces and spray the chandelier following manufacturer’s directions. Let primer dry and apply a second light coat if needed. Use no more than three light coats of primer on the chandelier.
Once primer is thoroughly dry, apply spray paint in your choice of color. Use a light spray and keep hand moving while spraying the paint to prevent paint drips. Let paint dry and apply a second light coat of paint (no more than three coats) if needed. Allow chandelier to remain suspended until completely dry.
DIY Chandelier Update Ideas
Chandelier shades can be updated with a little fabric to match the new paint job. To create an updated shade look, wrap and sheet of paper around one removed shade and trace the shade’s outline, then cut out the paper template. Lay paper on fabric and trace enough for fabric covers for each shade, allowing ½ inch on all sides for overlap.
Cut fabric out. Spray shade (work with one at a time) with adhesive and secure fabric onto shade. Smooth out fabric wrinkles as you work around the shade. Secure cut-edged seams with fabric glue. Finish top and bottom edges by attaching seams binding or grosgrain ribbon with fabric glue.
All crystals can be removed from chandelier for a sleek, updated look, or just a few hanging crystals can be left on the chandelier and painted. Remove as many embellishments as desired from an excessively ornate chandelier and if the chandelier is too plain, add embellishments (found at craft stores) before painting.