Sunday, November 6, 2011

Almost Free Dining Room Chandelier

Really starting to love this ORB (Oil Rubbed Bronze) spray paint! 
Our original dining room chandelier (circa 1955):

The replacement:

This is an originally brass Williamsburg 5 light chandy.  It was in my parents' new condo 20 years ago.  They replaced it with a contemporary fixture, so this has been in the basement of our various homes over the years.
Since the size of our to-do list is greater than the size of our to-do-it-with-budget, I deceided to copy follow the lead of many others out there in blogland and spray it with ORB paint.

Figuring the easiest way to spray this would be to suspend it somehow.  Out came the sawhorses and a slim metal rod we had (sorry it doesn't show in the pics.)  This worked very well.  I unthreaded the electric and ground cords from the chain to spray and rethreaded them after everything was dry.  Press and Seal wrap worked to wrap the candle stems for spraying.

By giving the chandelier a little push, it rotated around making it very easy to spray.  When it dried, I was able to stand it upside down and touch it up from that angle.

A photo with the lights turned off:

This is just a small part of the updates we are doing to our LR and DR.  The upcomimg larger projects are slipcovers for the sofa and loveseat, painting some of the furniture, and curtains.  My Annie Sloan Chalk Paint color card arrived yesterday!  Happy Dance!!

Here is a  (poor resolution) photo before last year's re-painting of the walls and trim, new DR windows, new windows treatments.  I had posted on Rate My Space if you want to see it.
I think everything is looking much fresher now.  What do you think?

I'll be linking to Between Naps on the Porch Metamorphis Monday.


  1. Your chandelier looks great! Thanks for your comment on my blog, and as to your question about what kind of paint I used, I used Rustoleom Painter's Touch (in the can, not spray) in semi-gloss white).