Up-cycle a chandelier with paint, ribbon and vintage jewelry

  • Paint in proper area: To reach all areas of a chandelier, hanging it prior to painting is helpful. Consider a post or tree limb to hang from.
  • Protect surfaces with cardboard or plastic wrap. I used shopping bags and garbage bags.
  • Prepare to paint: Remove any chains, crystals, globes and bulbs. Wrap or tape areas you do not wish to paint.
  • Indoor/outdoor spray paint works well for most surfaces. Read manufacturer instructions prior to painting.
  • Allow paint to dry per manufacturer instructions. 1-4 hours may be required.
  • Sort scrap ribbons, trims, odd jewelry, and crystals for decoration.
  • Using hot glue, apply decorative trims. Secure crystals either from applied trims or from original holes in your chandelier.
  • Insert light bulbs, install/hang and enjoy!2016-05-02 20.21.00

My chandelier was a garage sale find at $1.50, ribbons and trims were left-over craft and sewing project supply but could be purchased for under $5 if you get a variety ribbon pack. The doo-bobbers (crystals that hang down) I found at thrift store for $6. Spray paint was project left over, but around $4. Glue gun and other supplies under $15. Overall cost to make the project was under $35.oo – if you had to purchase all supplies (and were thrifty like that)! One thing I can’t factor in was cost of jewels, buttons and earrings I used. I would say you already have on hand – or access to- enough junk bits to manage (raid a friend or family member’s junk drawer).

Just have fun and know you can start over any time. Glue guns are pretty forgiving that way!





Published by Stephanie Macera, Lovingcolor

Painter, quilter, blogger - obsessed with the color aqua, tiny houses, pets, "bling" & fabric scraps!

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