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March 16, 2009



what a great tutorial Karla!!! the chandelier looks so much prettier now:)

Kerryanne English

Thanks for the painting instructions Karla - I would never have thought to use burnt out globes. Look forward to seeing it all complete with crystals.
Hugs ~ Kerryanne


Miss Karla, you are the "Queen" of painting! What a fabulous "how to"!!! I would have never had thought to leave burnt out light bulbs in the sockets while painting. Genius!!!! :) XO, Jenn

debi @ life in my studio

Great instructions! tfs That's such a pretty chandelier, I can't wait to see it all foofed!

Heather ~ Pretty Petals

Thank you Karla! I have one sitting here beside me waiting to get painted... I loved seeing how you aged it. ;) I will let you know if I get mine done anytime soon.

xo heather


Awesome, Karla. I can't wait to see it with the Crystals!


well i just so happen to have one of those in my garage , not knowing what to do with it. In its next life it is going to be be rewired for a swag lamp which I need to get a kit for. it will get karlaized now because I wasnt sure until i saw your post. Am I ever glad i didnt get rid of it. Thanks for the inspiration. A 12 step program for an old lamp. Donna

Ele at abitopinkheaven

THanks for the steps to this project! Can't wait to see your booth this year (online that is!).


Lovely Karla, thanks for the tutorial! Rachaelxo

Joanne  Kennedy

Oh it's going to be beautiful when you have it all finished! What a super good price too! Lucky girl!



You never stop amazing me. This has me looking for a old chandy. Thanks for sharing. Can't wait to see it finished. Terri

Linda Lilly Cottage

Oh I truly want a chandeleir....now I know how to tissy it up I am sure to find one!
Thanks Karla,
Kiss Noises Linda


Too Fun!! I L*O*V*E spray paint. I have about 7 cans sitting in a row in my studio. I usually keep them in the garage but it has been too cold to use them right from the garage. I have them in the house so when the outside temp. hits above 50, I can grab my current project, drag out a big piece of cardboard and get to it! I have been watching the thermometer all week but it is NOT co-operating!! I can't wait to see your lamp all prettied up!
Blessings- LillySue

Jen R Sanctuary arts at home

Great chandelier! I can't wait to see where you hang it! Jen

Barbara Jacksier

Very pretty and i'm sure your adorable Yorkie helped!

Sheri Ingrande

I really love your jewelry.....only us junkers now that it is not about the watch...working~ LOL

Love those necklaces....do you sell them on Etsy?

You always amaze me with your love for sugar wings...you are an outstanding grandma!!!! She gets to share such fun adventures with you :0)


I have a chandelier I got for $5 that I am working on. Isn't canned spray paint awesome??!! I do love the way yours turned out with the antique finish!!


Thats an awesome makeover you did! Thanks for the tutorial I will have to try it. Spray paint ROCKS! Can't wait to see it lit up!


Ok...out of the blue...it started letting me see typepad blog again...go figure.lol. Laurie


Karla, you are so perceptive. I have a chandie on the living room floor waiting for a new do. Thanks for the detailed directions and pictures. Since it is going to be 80+ tomorrow, and the rest of the week, (in case you just wanted to know,) I will heading out to the patio for an en"light"ening makeover. Thanks. Ellie

LiLi M.

I love how this chandelier turned out. I always keep the bulbs when they are 'broken'. One year I made some Christmas ornaments out of them, but I felt that I had too little. Since then (about 2 years) I'm saving them, in a hiding place of course, because hubby won't be pleased to discover 2 buckets of shells, 2 buckets of corks and 1 big box of not working lamps in that secret corner!


AWESOME!!! love the great step-by-step pics. thank you. :)


Karla that is really awesome to show us how you re-do the paint:) and the result trun out so pretty atlast! Great job and i beg next time i may also re-do some of my picture frame hehe



I love this post - very fun and inspirational!


That's beautiful, Karla! And your weather sounds divine! We're lucky here if we reach the mid 40's!!!!

Bunny Rose Cottage

Oh Great post Karla!Thank you so much for this wonderful info.!


You have the BEST tutorials Karla...thanks! Lots of great tips for all kinds of projects in this one.
And just had to tell you...I followed your nest tutorial to the letter and when I was done, it actually looked like a nest! YAY! That made me smile all day, so thank you for that one too!

Sheila R

Thanks for the great tutorial!! I have some chandeliers that I have to find time to do this!!


I wish I lived in an area that gave us sparkly choices like this for a makeover in the thrifty finds. This will be beautiful in your space I am sure. Enjoy the nice weather and happy St. Patrick's Day to you!


Wow! Nicely done. I'm a furniture gal myself but you have inspired me to go for a chandelier the next time a catch a good buy!!!


Jean Eakin

What a beauty it turned out to be Karla! Twinks looked so cute .Is she still missing her babies?
Have a wonderful day,
Jean in Virginia


Wow! What a difference! It turned out beautiful!! Can't beat the price!


Karla, I am looking for a new chandelier for our dining room. Maybe I should get you to shop for me. ;-)

Anne Marie

AWESOME! post....I have my eye on a chandelier just like that for only $70- it works and all...and I'm kind of acting like my husband does with wood for the chandelier:
don't paint.....I might after looking at how cool that is.....

milli wagoner

Wow, you are a genius to save the blown out bulbs for this purpose!!! I always have a time trying to get the tape all down in those holes...Thank you for the great advise! I have a chandelier just waiting to be painted and I am sure going to use your technique! Now, I can't wait to get started!!!


Thank you for the hints,I have been on the hunt for one to paint! Makes sense about the bulbs and Bonding Paint! I owe you time NOT Lost!
Thank you for the great blog!


Thanks for that tutorial...I have been on the hunt for an old chandelier to makeover for. Now I just need the chandelier to start!

chas at the wild raspberry

i just bought one on ebay yesterday and will definitely be using your tips...thanks so much!!!!
how will you be using yours in display?
i thought i would hang purses and aprons off of mine. i dunno.
thanks for sharing!!


I love love love your blog. you have so many amazing tutorials! I love the instructions on the chandelier. Thanks, Terri theglitterednest.typepad.com

Dede Warren

I'm not sure when you posted this Karla, but it is just what I need! I to purchased a chandelier that looks very similar to yours pictured here. I've debated painting it, but with this handy tutorial, and the great finished look you've achieved, I am feeling fearless! Thanks for this inspiration...


Great info! Thanks so much:-)


Very Pretty! Great Tutorial!


Thank you for this. I just got an ugly brass chandy at a yard sale today for 3$. My 11 y.o. and I will paint it in a Hawaii blue for her beach-themed room. We needed these instructions. Kris

carol Shifflett

I love this post. I bookmarked it a couple of months ago and just found a great chandy to do...it cost me all of 10.00 and has 60 of the clear crystals. I did the sponge paint it but wasn't sure if that is what you did with the white light covers? I have done one as a sample but not sure it looks good...maybe I just need to look at it a little longer. I still have 2 more to do, one for my granddaughter and one for me. Thanks so much for sharing this technique with us....Carol

Maria Cholanian

Beautiful Web site and SO veeerry tasteful.

I'm gonna paint my chandelier !

Maria Cholanian


do you find you need to use a gloss paint so its easier to dust after??? I am unsure where to go now....did mine oil rubbed bronze:) Your chand looks awesome!!!

Victor Wetherbee

Windex is an effective furniture cleaner, yes. This is wonderful, Karla. My wife and I are doing some redesigning of our living room and we'll be moving our library chandelier there so we're waiting for the electrician who would help us with the wiring. For the mean time, I think I'll be doing the repainting. I hope our St. Paul home will be beautiful with it.


Your Yorkie is smiling. Dogs can smile. People think not but my does all the time.


Doing this today in this perfect Kansas weather. Thank you so much for the tutorial, its awesome. I hope my chandelier looks just like yours!

Linda MacGregor

I have the exact same chair as in the second last picture!! Where did you get it?

Karla Nathan

I got lucky and found that chair at a garage sale for a dollar, Linda. Very lucky!


Love seeing this DIY project - and yes, primer is KEY to the chandelier paint's longevity.

Charlotte W.

This is inspiring me to scour Craigslist or Kijiji for old chandeliers and light fixtures. Thanks for describing in detail the paint process.

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