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Spraypainting a chandelier is REALLY easy and it’s a super cost-effective way to change things up in your home. Back in January we shared our home goals with you, and one of mine was to start redecorating our dining room space. ALL of the furniture pieces in this room were bought on clearance (hooray for a $60 dining table!), through Craig’s List (the hutch was $100) or from a family member (the red chairs were my grandmas!). Even the art was upcycled! Anyway, it’s just not fitting in with that lighter, brighter, coastal-cottage look I’m going for, so I figured it was time to get moving.

I have had a light fixture in mind for this room for months, and I guess I’ve gotten stuck on that idea. Because it’s not in the budget right now, I had just resigned myself to wait until the time was right. Then, inspiration struck after seeing Kelly’s pinteresting home, and I realized that taking stuff I already own and making it better is what  I DO! Duh.  So, you guessed it, I took that baby down (by myself!) and spraypainted it. Here are my go-to tips:
1. Take your chandelier outside and find a tree with a low-hanging branch. Throw a dropcloth down under the area you’ll be painting.
2. Using rope or wire, tie the chandelier firmly to the branch. Hanging your chandelier allows you to spraypaint the entire thing at one time. No spraying the top, waiting for it to dry, doing a second coat, waiting for it to dry, turning it over, painting etc etc etc.  (I’m such an idiot and forgot to take before pictures of the process, so you’ll notice my chandy had already been attacked by spraypaint!)
3. Stuff cottonballs down into the stems (where the lightbulb screws in), so you don’t damage it with paint.
4. Pick your poison favorite paint and start spraying! I am embarrassingly in love with this color I found from Valspar called Hacienda Tile. It’s a mix between pink, red and orange that is absolutely perfect, and satisfies my longing for an infusion of coral in my home. Also, this spraypaint is awesome for this project because it can spray at all angles, so you can easily get down under the chandelier to spray the undersides. Spray 3 light coats, with some drying time in between, for the most even coverage without drips.
5. Hope that your neighbors don’t turn you in to the association for being white trash. (Yes, that is my FRONT yard!)
I’m thankful I have such nice neighbors. Anyway, I can NOT wait to show you how this has one little change has inspired a major makeover of our dining room. Yay for more projects!
How many of you spray painted something this weekend?

The comments +

  1. Becca says:

    Love! Saw this somewhere else but you outlined it much clearer~ will need to keep my eyes open for a little trash picking of ugly chandeliers!

  2. Laura says:

    Sprayed a desk this weekend. 🙂 My neighbors always slow down and gawk when they drive by like they’ve never seen someone spray painting a desk at 830am on a Saturday before…

  3. Katherine says:

    Ha-ha! I was just thinking about improving my chandelier in just this manner…sadly I have no trees, but I will find a way!

    • For Katherine, from an amature(old) DIY-er: When I had a
      condo, I also had a dream of a lovely matte-black sparkly chandelier in
      place of the ’80s gold one. As the trees were oh-so-very-tall and
      oh-so-very-not-mine, I opted for two tall dining chairs, a broom handle,
      drop cloths, rubberbands, flat black spray paint, matte clear coat (from the
      car shop- thought it would endure the end of time, lol). That evening as I
      had dinner, I had the pleasure of admiring my new chandelier dripping in
      crystal gems, hanging with a scrunched velvet chain cover. So delightful.
      Happy spraying Katherine!

  4. Anna says:

    Spray painted the crib this weekend! It was a lovely espresso brown for my 1st, but I wanted a white furniture scheme with #2 so it was a weekend of priming, sanding, and spraying. =)

  5. I like that color very much! I think when you are done your house is going to look soo beautiful with all those pretty details and colors!!

  6. Natasha says:

    Love that color! I did a smaller light fixture recently expect I left out a few important steps…like laying a drop cloth (my patio now has black streaks across a few areas!). Wish I had found this post first (or had put some more thought into the process before I grabbed the can!)Thanks!

  7. I did!! With the purchase of our first home, I have expensive taste, with a small budget, so spray painting has become my new best friend!! Thanks for the great post and the beautiful color choice!

    If you have time check out my blog too 🙂

  8. haha laughing at your white trash comment. Love what you did to the chandelier and great color choice.

  9. You share such great spray paint a chandelier. As well as I like this colour so much. Its look too beautiful and amazing also look too good.

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