Who’s ready for a fabulous & easy chandelier makeover with spray paint? Our outdated metal brass chandelier looks amazing now & it only cost us a few dollars to transform. Sharing all my tips & tricks for how to spray paint a chandelier in less than 1 hour including before and after pics!
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An Easy DIY Chandelier Makeover with Spray Paint in less than 1 Hour
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Before we even moved into our old farmhouse I knew I wanted to change the ugly metal brass candle dining room chandelier.
Brass has never really been my style and I know that whatever antique was hanging in our dining room a hundred years ago looked nothing like this.
My original plan was to paint our brass candlestick chandelier black but soon after painting our dining room walls,… I guess you could say I chickened out.
I was worried that the walls and my idea of a chandelier makeover would be too similar and I would regret painting it.
After almost 4 years of living with the brass I finally got up the courage to take a chance & give our chandelier a makeover with spray paint!
Supplies Needed for a Chandelier Makeover with Spray Paint
- 1 old & outdated metal chandelier in need of a makeover
- 1 quality metallic spray paint in oil rubbed bronze
- 1 old sheet or drop cloth
- 1 round ceiling medallion
Step by Step Instructions for How to Spray Paint a Chandelier
Step ONE – Take Down the Old Chandelier in need of a Makeover
Jason helped me take down the ugly brass candlestick chandelier so I could take it out to the garage to spray paint.
Take care when taking down your metal chandelier & don’t forget to turn off the power!
Prepping Your Metal Chandelier to Spray Paint
Next, I took off the bulbs and the white candle sleeves so I wouldn’t get any paint on them.
I also laid down an old sheet as a drop cloth to catch any paint that did not get on the chandelier.
Spray Painting the Chandelier & the Best Paint for a Metal Chandelier
I chose Rust-Oleums metallic spray paint in oil rubbed bronze, (you can find it here, Rust-Oleum 249131 11 oz Universal All Surface Spray Paint, Oil Rubbed Bronze Metallic).
I liked that it had a metallic look to the paint and also included primer which is a great spray paint for a chandelier makeover.
You can even see some of the metallic shine of the paint on my fingers…
I wound up using almost the whole can of paint to completely cover the old brass metal chandelier.
Time for the Spray Paint Chandelier Makeover to Dry
It only took a few hours and a few coats of paint for the chandelier to completely dry.
Adding a Ceiling Medallion to our Ceiling Before Adding the Newly Spray Painted Chandelier Makeover
When we brought the chandelier back in the dining room we hung it up a simple white medallion like this one, (Westinghouse 10″ Molded Plastic Ceiling Medallion for Light Fixtures and Ceiling Fans).
Whoever had cut the hole for the junction box in the ceiling previously had made it too big for the chandelier & it had always driven me crazy that there was a hole in our ceiling.
And our newly spray painted chandelier makeover looks FABULOUS!
I could not be happier with how the our newly spray painted chandelier makeover looks now!
The new color matches our dining room and farmhouse style so much better.
So glad I finally took a chance on this chandelier makeover!
Thanks for stopping by to see our chandelier makeover!!!
This spray paint chandelier makeover was definitely one of the easiest DIY’s we have done & makes such an impact in our dining room.
I still can’t believe the before and after difference.
If you have an ugly chandelier at home, I hope this answers any questions you have about spray painting a chandelier & inspires you to do your own chandelier makeover.
As I said before, I wish I had not waited so long to try this chandelier makeover.
It really is a simple, easy spray paint makeover that makes a huge impact on whatever room your chandelier makeover is hanging in.
by Tara Lehman
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Tara it looks so fresh and modern now. The brass was really dating it. And now it is also in harmony with the dining room.
Thank you so much Mary! We are really happy with how the chandelier turned out :).
Really looks great!
Lovely! I love my spray paint as well! Transformation without a huge cost, and recycling to boot!
Thank you so much Dianne! We are really excited with how the chandelier turned out!
I used the same paint to redo a white and brass ceiling fan. I can’t believe I waited six years to do it. It’s so much better! Every day I would look at it and think how much I hated it. After removing the blades I couldn’t remove the ceiling fan motor from the wiring, so I painted it in place, using a cardboard box and draping my furniture with drop clothes.
Thanks so much for stopping by to see my chandelier makeover Renee! Its amazing what a little spray paint can do :). Great idea to spray paint your ceiling fan!
I spray painting one we found at a yard sale. I painted it black and it looks great!
Very quick way to update a chandelier!
Yours is such a neat style!
Thank you so much for stopping by to see my chandelier makeover Deanna! We are pretty excited by how it turned out!
Thank you for the information!! I was wondering how you handled the chain and the electrical cord that goes through the chain?? I have a light fixture I want to spray paint gold, (it is silver right now, including the chain and cord). Do you think it would be ok to spray paint the chain and the cord gold as well??
Thanks so much for stopping by to check out our Chandelier makeover Danielle! I also spray painted the chain & wire connected to the chandelier. Yes, I absolutely think you can spray paint yours too!!!
Thanks for the idea….I just spray painted our ugly “terra cotta” colored chandelier and it looks amazing! Question…..did you spray a top coat of anything? How has it held up?
Thanks for stopping by to check out our easy chandelier makeover! We did not add a top coat, only the spray paint. 4 years later & our chandelier looks just as great as the day we spray painted it 🙂