Tuesday, April 5, 2011

style on a budget - before and after chandelier

I've been wanting to update my kitchen chandelier for quite some time. Everytime I find something I like, I either can't afford it, or I can't see spending that much money on it. So, here is my solution.
I found this brass chandelier at our local Habitat for Humanity restore. I liked the shape, but not the shiny brass. As you can see the price was within my budget, ($15.00) and the dust was free.

I took it home, took off the bulbs and white collor things that simulate candles, and taped the sockets so they didn't get clogged with paint. I purchased some flat black paint, hung the light in the garage, and sprayed numerous very light coats of paint. Once I was confident I hadn't missed any spots I added some finish.

Now I have to get it installed. Once I do, I'll post a picture of it in my kitchen, so you can see how good it looks with my decor. I think it looks great, and it conly ost me $23.00 total.
Thanks for stopping by.


rachel said...

Looks great! Much better black.

lilraggedyangie said...

Love it ...do u ever wonder why they always make stuff out of shiny cheap brass looking stuff I mean does it really go with anything and do ppl really like it? lol Cant wait to see pics of it hanging up !

Life in Rehab said...

Heeeeeeeeeeeeey! You did the same chandelier I did on Monday! Very cool, and I love it!

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

What a great find. You did such a wonderful job of renewing it. Cannot wait to see it in your kitchen.

Anonymous said...

Love everything! Black does look so much better than shinny brass!

Anonymous said...

oop .... that was me - Janice