A Bright Idea

When we moved into our 1974 sidesplit it was like walking into a time warp. We have been slowly updating and and putting our style into out home. One thing that I have kept was the original front hall light. A small chandelier that had rather ornate metal work but was dull and dingy.

chandelier

We have since replaced the front hall light with something more in tune with our style but I needed to replace the horrible wagon wheel style light in our spare bedroom with something else so I decided to give the little chandelier a face lift. I took the light to my studio and started on it.

First off I removed all the bulbs and crystals. I scrubbed all the metal work with a vinegar and water  solution using an old toothbrush.

I originally thought I would paint it black but the guest bedroom had a light and more airy feel to it so a black fixture hanging in the room would be way too harsh so I opted for more of an old French Country look.  I chose to paint it in the FAT Paint colour Parchment. Two coats covered it well.

I did not want a shiny finish so I opted for natural FAT wax with Patina FAT wax to help enhance the details in the metal work. To finish off the look and in keeping with a French Country feel I lightly gave the light a few brushes of gold gilding wax here and there.

chandelier on

I did not forget about the chain or cover plate for the ceiling. They too were painted and finished exactly the same way. I also chose to paint out the faux candles (where the light bulbs screw in) and cover the not so lovely fake brassy wax drips. Those I used only natural FAT wax on.

chandelier close up

 

Once home and hung in the guest bedroom all the crystals were washed and rehung. It  is a definite improvement over the 1970’s wagon wheel light that used to be in the room.

chandelier painted

 

A little bit of FAT Paint and some creativity can give your home decor items a whole new life.

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