Updated brass chandelier

DIY brass to beauty.

Welcome! Thanks for tuning in to my page- you can expect to find any projects on here that I’ve completed around the house (or even better for a little side $$$). So here goes…

My sister is currently pregnant, working on her doctorate & trying to renovate a new house with tons of work to do, so I’ve been traveling to Texas from Nashville, TN to help her out a little bit & this is one of the many projects I’ve been working on. So easy to do, it’s already time to post & install! Her nursery is going to be a little bit more gender neutral, no crazy wallpaper or colors, but we will be using bright colors in the details to bring the room to life. The house – built in the 90’s – had the popular brass chandeliers that came with so many from that time period, we decided to spruce it up & paint it yellow since it was gonna cost us about $5 instead of $150 brand new.

1. We removed the chandelier from the foyer (thank God my boyfriend is an electrician. I’d suggest you also use someone that knows what they’re doing).

2. I cleaned it with just a little bit of soap & water to remove all of the built up dust from 1992. I let that dry for a little bit. I also removed all of the bulbs & put cotton balls in the top where the bulbs are supposed to be so I didn’t get paint in there. You could also use paper towels.

3. I grabbed one of the black iron stands on the side of the house that you stick in the ground to hold a little garden flag & hung my clean chandelier on there. Very important for it to be cleaned!!!! Prepping is always key! 🔑

(You can find one at Ace Hardware for under $10 if you don’t already have one or hang it from a tree limb, or set it on newspaper.)

4. I used Valspars spray paint in yellow with the paint + primer & applied a light coat. I always feel like the first coat is just light enough to make your later coats stick better. More like applying a really light coat of adhesive (which is what paint is) for my next coat or two to stick to, which those will be for color. Let that dry for a couple of minutes.

5. I applied my second coat lightly as well & already the color was showing like it should be. You are trying to avoid dripping. I personally let that dry & went to work on some other thing around the house for a couple of hours, but you don’t have to wait THAT long.

6. Once it had dried for a while, I came back and checked to see if I had missed any spots (although it doesn’t have to be perfect because you’re kinda going for the funky look if you’re hanging a bright yellow chandelier in a bedroom.)

7. Everything looked good, especially on the bottom where everyone will see, so now we will just wait 24-48 hours to make sure that all of the paint is dried completely before installing in the nursery & voila!