Monday, March 21, 2011

It's Up! - Chandelier in the Bathroom

If you've been following along, you may remember the tutorial on how to create an antique finish on a chandelier (or most anything else, for that matter). 

Here's a reminder of where we started:

A lonely light bulb.
And what the chandy looked like before:

Of course, then we painted it and it was time to hang-er-up! (Shout-out to my dad for handling the installation... woot-woot!)

The only problems I ran into after hanging it were:
(1) That the tiny holes on the "flower petals" (you'll see those below) closed up with paint.  I spent some took some time on the ladder poking a safety pin through them.  Actually, I couldn't find safety pins at first and had to use my poor Humane Society name tag.  I'll need a replacement.
(2) That one of the hooks for the chandelier beads was missing (manufacturer defect).  Bummer because it was so close to being done!  So I ran to Hobby Lobby and found some little metal pieces in the jewelry section that were the perfect size.  I attached one with some glue and we were good to go!

Tiny metal piece glued to the chandelier.
Enough chit-chat.  It's time for the reveal.  

Some detail shots...


These little crystals remind me of a lamp my grandmother had in her house.  I always thought it was so "fancy" and regal.  So Seth's first impression was actually pretty appropriate: "It's fancy!"



I really like the shadow it casts at night.  I totally planned that.  Okay no, that's a lie. But it's a neat surprise, right?

I think it's an improvement from the bare lightbulb... and for a mere $25 plus paint supplies!  What do you guys think?

You may also like:
How to Paint a Chandelier - Antique Finish
It's Done! - Ruffle Shower Curtain, Revised


  1. So cute, thanks for the tips!

  2. I hope they help, Heidi! Thanks so much!


  3. I love it! I'm going to restore a chandelier that was hanging in our bathroom. It's painted black right now and the crystals were tucked away in a drawer. I hope to make it look like yours!!

  4. Anon-Go for it! Let me know how it turns out!