Darling Chandy Updo


Shabby Chic Chandelier Tutorial

DIY Chandelier Before and After

DIY Chandelier Before and After

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.

DIY Brass Chandelier Paint

Thrift Store Brass Chandelier

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.

DIY Chandelier


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.

Start to Prime Your Chandelier

Start to Prime Your Chandelier

Take care to get full coverage on the tops bottoms and around all the arms.

Primed Brass Chandelier

Prime the Underside

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.

Painted Chandelier

Chandelier Painted Pink

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.

Paint the Underside

Paint the Underside Really Well

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!

Chandelier Candle

Materials for Wrapping Covers

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.

Chandelier Candle Covers

Shabby Chandelier Candle Covers

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!

Shabby Chic Chandelier

Completed Chandy Updo

12 Responses to Darling Chandy Updo

  1. This is sooo cute! What a fun, fresh chandelier


  2. AJ says:

    Love it!! What a great job giving this chandelier a new lease on life . Stopped over from Lolly Jane – Whatcha got Party. AJ@queenofmynest

  3. Buffie says:

    OMG…. Cute!

    I love it and the idea. Thanks for posting, and the great pictures make it look so easy.


  4. Ky says:

    This is so cute! I love the pink! And I love the candle covers. I redid a chandy a few months ago! Its so fun!

  5. gail says:

    I love a great chandy makeover! :) Yours is cute!

  6. Oooh! I love this!! My husband and I have been searching the thrift stores in hopes of doing a mason jar chandelier! PS found your site via Pinterest!

  7. Heidi says:

    Love this!! Can you tell me the specs on the hemp rope you used? I am having a difficult time finding it to purchase. Thanks so much for sharing! Your creativity is inspiring!

    • SimplySalvage says:

      Hey Heidi! I found mine at Wal-Mart…I don’t know the specs other than it is the medium sized roll there :)

  8. Beth says:

    Do you paint the chain and electrical cord in addition to the chandelier? It appears from the photo that you do, but can you confirm? There is not a closeup shot of the chain and electrical cord. Thank you!

  9. Beth says:

    You spray paint the chain and electrical cord too? Do you ever have challenges getting every nook and cranny painted on the chain and cord?

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