Yesterday was a junking day, and a really good one at that. We all bought stuff we loved and at good prices, you just can't beat that! One of my purchases was this $58 brass chandelier. I needed one to light up my space at the upcoming Miss Frenchie's sale.
Today was definitely a perfect springtime day! 70's and sunny, and not too much of that Kansas wind. So, I took advantage of the sun, and took this chandy outside for a do-over.
1- Wipe off the dust, if it is really dirty, use Windex.
2- Now, this might sound like odd advice, but it really is smart and works. I've painted dozens of chandeliers and have found that this is the easiest way to go- screw burnt out light bulbs into the sockets before painting! That keeps the paint from getting into them, and is much simpler than using tape to cover the sockets. Really.
3- Spray with a BONDING primer. The label MUST say "bonding" or "will adhere to shiny surfaces."
4- Spray into all the nooks and crannies, let dry, turn over and spray that side. You will probably need to turn it around at least 3 or 4 times to get every angle.
5- Double check and see if you missed any spots!
6- Mix a deep brown paint (acrylic craft paint, like Apple Barrell or Delta) with some clear glaze.
7- Dab on the brown with a small, soft brush, doing one area at a time. Make sure you get it deep into all the cracks.
8-Lightly wipe away paint with a wet rag, leaving it in the recesses.
9- Repeat all over and all around the light. Just like when you sprayed the primer, turn it every direction and make sure you didn't miss any spots.
10- Go for an uneven, messy kind of finish, darker in some places than in others. You don't want it to look like it was done perfectly at a factory!
11- When dry, spray with a poly clear coat. And remember about flipping it over and going for every angle!
12- Add crystals, I prefer to use different sizes, not all uniform. If some of the holes are plugged with paint, poke through with a toothpick or small nail to clear it out.
Ta Da! Only 12 steps to a whole new look!
And please note, I didn't use just any spray paint. If you do that, the glaze will wipe off. It has to be a BONDING PRIMER for the water based glaze to stick!!!