Shabby Chic Chandelier Tutorial
I came across this brass chandelier at a local thrift store and knew it would be just perfect for a client who was looking for a little smaller fixture with all the charm of my larger Shabby Chic Chandeliers. She was marked $18 but I talked my friend there down to $10 and took her home.
Painted Chandelier Tutorial
First you’ll need to get your brass chandelier and clean it up really well. I like to use old t-shirts to wipe them down really well so that there is no dust, cobwebs or grime on it.
Next you’ll need to gather together all of your materials. You’ll want a good primer, paint, and sealer to start. You’ll need some painter’s tape to protect all of the electric sockets. If you are going to recover the candle covers you’ll need something like the hemp cording pictured here.
I find it easiest to paint my chandelier when it’s hanging, so I have installed a cable from my front porch column to a tree in my front yard. I’m not going to lie, it’s there all the time, but the tree hides it from my neighbors Make sure you cover all of the electrical sockets with painter’s tape and start priming. I used Rustoleum’s Painter’s Touch brand primer in white. This is the only brand I’ll use on my chandeliers as it always gives me a smooth finish.
Take care to get full coverage on the tops bottoms and around all the arms.
I usually apply 2 light coats of primer and let it dry for 30 minutes. Then I can start painting it some fun color – this time it’s Berry Pink by Rustoleum’s Painter’s Touch.
Watch the bottom again and make sure it’s covered everywhere. I like to apply at least 3 thin coats of paint for a finish that will stand up to little bumps and bangs during installation.
After she’s fully painted apply the sealer to give it a lasting finish. I like Rustoleum’s Painter’s Touch in clear gloss. I find that using the same brand for all steps of painting really gives a good finish without having to worry about paint compatibilities…
Next, lets dress up those white boring candle covers. You’ll need help cording, scissors, and hot glue!
It’s as easy as glueing the top and bottoms well and wrapping them all the way up. To see how to make beaded candle covers check out my Glam Chandelier Accessories Tutorial I posted about last week. Here’s what the candle covers look like completed.
Now once all the paint and sealant has dried you can remove the painter’s tape and put your new shabby chic candle covers back on. Screw in some light bulbs – no higher than 60 Watt. And enjoy your new shabby chic chandelier!