Easy Chandelier Makeover


When we moved into our new home, there were some small projects I wanted to tackle right away.  Our house was built in the 90’s and was filled with brass fixtures throughout.  The dining room chandelier was one of them.  Our dining room is the first room our guests see when they come in the door, so I knew I wanted to update the chandelier right away.  Rather than spend money on a new fixture, I decided to paint the one currently there. I had a can of Rust-Oleum Oil Rubbed Bronze that I had used at our previous house so I started with that. Here are three easy steps to update a brass chandelier:

 1. Gather your supplies.  You will need:

Rust-Oleum Oil Rubbed Bronze





  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Socket Covers – these are easy to use.  I prefer the white ones.

2. Remove the socket covers and clean the chandelier with a soft cloth.

Mine had glass shades on it.  I removed these first. Then I took off the socket covers and used a microfiber cloth to remove any dust.

3. Carefully paint the fixture being sure to use two to three coats.

First of all, let me say that I didn’t even bother to take the chandelier down to paint it.  I know most people would probably take it down, tape it off and spray it.  Removing it was too much work for our household.  I had a small bowl which I sprayed a good bit of the spray paint into.  Standing on a tall ladder, I used a brush to paint using small strokes.  Like I said before, I already had the can of spray paint so I used that.  You may want to purchase a quart-sized can of the Rust-Oleum Oil Rubbed Bronze to make your work easier.

I then painted the top canopy making sure to carefully tape around it so the ceiling medallion didn’t end up with paint on it.  The last step is to paint the chain and wire.  Replace your socket covers and you’re done!

Here’s my before and after…


brass chandelier


chandelier makeover
I love the rich brown color–with just a bit of metallic








Please let me know in the comments below if you have any questions.  I would love to know if you’ve done a chandelier makeover too!

Lisa  🙂


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