31 Days of Before & After ~ Day 9 “the Chandelier” – Rustique Art
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31 Days of Before & After ~ Day 9 “the Chandelier”

Our house was built in 1985 and the kitchen/dining room chandelier is an original fixture.

Straight out of the 80’s, complete with the antique brass finish and frosted, fluted glass sconces.

It’s a classic! The reason I’ve never replaced it is because it is solid and heavy. Real metal. Not hollow. It’s quality lighting. But it’s dated and it was time for a new look.

Not a new light, just a make over.

Down it came and into the backyard for the new finish.

As you can see it has some wonderful detail, however the detail seems to get lost in the dark antique finish.

If you recall I had experimented with a vintage metal door knob to see if I could achieve a galvanized finish with paint.  You can read more about that process here.  I did manage to get the look I wanted, now it was time to see if I could get that same look one my chandelier.

I go back to the paint used for the base coat, the Rust-Oleum Hammered Silver spray paint.  This paint has been fun to use.  I love the results just when sprayed on, it really does look like hammered metal when it dries.  Pretty cool.

This was just after the first coat of paint.  Because of the detail and angles, this piece got several coats of paint.

Now it’s time to get the galvanized finish I want…cross your fingers!

Using a dry brush and flat white ceiling paint, I begin and I think this might work…

but I soon found out that I might have bitten off more than I could chew.

but I continue and finally get all of the details brushed

I didn’t like it.  But I know myself well enough to know that I have to live with something a few days to see if it grows on me.  The reason for this little head game I play with myself is because I usually begin with a vision of what I want the end result to look like.

If you’ve ever done a lot of renovating, makeovers or any creative projects, you know that the first rule of thumb is to be flexible, because things will not always work out like you think they should, and don’t just chalk something up as a “fail” just because it doesn’t come out exactly how you thought it would.    Live with it for a few days or weeks and see if you can learn to live with what you have.  Sometimes you’ll find the project you thought went south, has now become your favorite.  In this case it has taken some time to resolve my feelings.  I just didn’t like it.  It came out to light…it looks like cement…it look like stone…it’s too bright (the finish)…it doesn’t look galvanized…blah, blah, blah.

Okay.  I’m done complaining.  Besides, I think I’ve found a solution, but that will come later.

Next was my issue will the sconces, the original glass sconces where tinted around the fluted edges, tinted in a light brown, almost bronze looking.  I’m sure it was to compliment the antique brass lamp, the whole look was good then, but not with the galvanized metal look.  You would think that I could just hop over to Lowe’s or Home Depot and buy some new ones, but nope, couldn’t do that because the hole at the bottom of my sconces are wider than the sconces in the stores today.  My old sconces have about a 3″ opening and the newer ones are smaller, right about 2″ to 2.5″.

I had imagined a specific look for my renewed light, something funky, kinda junky, fun, different, eclectic, rustic…you know what I mean?  And besides, I wanted to use something I already had. Something that is used for one thing, but could be used for a totally different need.

So I used….

a mason jar!

and they are all different!  Two Ball Mason jars, an Atlas, a Kerr and one I can’t recall without getting up to look.

Now it’s starting to grow on me.

I think that I might be able to love it…in time.  One thing is for sure, it is bright!  Wow!  So bright that we will be installing a dimmer switch for those dinners that require mood lighting, for now we just were our sun glasses.

I still want to add a few more finishing touches, but I still need to let it hang like this for awhile.  We do have some wire and chain work to do and I’m not sure if I want to cover the chain in a fabric or leave as is.  Still debating that issue.

Ready for a side by side comparison?

It even gives off a different glow, no more yellowish glow.  Amazing the difference in the light it gives off.  Told ya it was bright! Those are the same bulbs used in the before photo, but the glass is not frosted and the there is no tinting.

Now here’s the million dollar question…would I do it again, knowing what I know now?

You betcha…

Even though it’s not exactly as I had planned…it’s still an improvement in my book and it will compliment my decor better.  The 80’s light just had to go! I may love vintage and rustic, but I have my standards 🙂

Don’t be shy, tell me what you think in the comments!

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  • Karen

    I love it! It looks fabulous, so creative and clever…well done!

  • Paula Jo @ Home and Garden Decor

    Cindi, I love what you did with the chandelier. You have the imagination and can come up with anything and it looks fantastic. The mason jars are so cute, and gives the country appeal to the chandelier. If it is to bright, then maybe a lower wattage on the light bulbs might work, and bring down the brightness. Great job!!

  • cielo

    Love it! Now I want one like that! And thanks for step by step instructions. That really helps. Now I know where to come for ideas! Thank you for participating in our Show Off Your Cottage Monday… I will be featuring your chandelier on our next Show Off Your Cottage Monday review! 😉


  • Karyl

    this is Ah- flippin -MAZING!!!! I am SO kicking myself for not keeping the crappy brass chandy when we moved…I am blown away by it it- TRULY!!! SO glad I found you via Domestically Speaking’s POP party.

  • Christa

    This makes my heart go pitter-pat. Some day – I’ll do this. 🙂

    (new follower here!)

    • Cindi Albright

      I’m flattered, but it’s not too hard to bust out of your comfort zone when you’re finally fed up with looking at 80’s ugly 🙂 and oh my do I have a lot of it!

  • Abbi

    I love your creativity. It started me thinking about the lighting in our dining room. I don’t think my husband would go for something quite that unique but I am thinking…. 🙂

  • Suz

    Love it – – I so want to make a light using mason jars!! I’m wondering what your fixture might look like if you very lightly sprayed either looking-glass paint (krylon) or chrome ‘color’ – – very lightly – – and not completely, if that might help get the finish you’re thinking of? Just an idea…. 🙂

    Have a great Sunday!

    Hugs ~~ Suz

  • Cyndi

    Love the silver finish with the white highlights. Not sure about the Mason jars but it is definitely unique and I love that! I have a couple of things that I’ve wanted to spray paint silver but it needed something else. You’ve given me the idea! Thanks.

  • Diane @ home sweet homemade

    LOVE your results! I remember when you tried out the faux galavanized metal finish, I think you did a fabulous job on this! Chandeliers are not easy to paint, no large flat surfaces. I’m very very impressed Cindi!

  • Amy

    Thanks so much for sharing!!! Will be doing this soon! 🙂

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