How to Redo an 80s Brass Chandelier
with Rose Szabo
When Ira, the new marketing coordinator for my local Habitat for Humanity ReStore asked me if I wanted to write a DIY tutorial, I was deeply flattered but not sure what I’d write about. “Maybe just let me come by the store and see what you have,” I said. And when I got there, I discovered that what they had were lots and lots of chandeliers.
The ReStore is about to receive a large donation of new pendant lighting, and they were looking to unload some of their older, more traditional brass chandeliers. You know the kind–five to eight arms, a bulbous ball on the bottom, faux candles, that whole thing. If you want one, now’s the time to get one at the ReStore–the prices are reasonable, and Ira and I figured out a great way to kick one up a notch–remaindered spray paint, also available at the ReStore (although we had to hunt around a bit to find a nozzle for the spray paint). Here’s what we did:
Step 1: take off all the fixtures that you don’t want to paint.
Step 2: tape over anything you can’t take off, especially the inner workings/wiring.
Step 3: Go nuts with your spray paint! You’ll want to spray in thin, even coats. We had a combination paint/primer, but if your paint doesn’t come with primer, be sure to prime first.
Step 4: Wait in between coats for your hardware to dry. If you want, it can be really cool to use two colors–just be sure to tape off when switching colors!
Step 5: Put your hardware back on the chandelier. You can add an optional coat of clear gloss at this point, just to make everything extra shiny and durable.
Voila! You have a custom chandelier! And you can find everything you need at the ReStore.
Can of spray paint: $5 each (total $10)
Clear gloss: $5