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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Updated Brass Chandelier

 I finally found a brasstone chandelier at 
a thrift shop that was exactly what I was looking for. 






This is a medium sized chandelier with candlesticks. Perfect for turning into an antique fixture for our "country-ish" dining room.

After cleaning up the fixture, I applied a coat of flat black paint for a wrought iron look.

Then, a second coat. 





Both top and bottom spray painted.




I replaced the plastic "candlesticks" and
decided to decorate them.
 





I printed out two sheets of an antique letter. 




I cut the letter up to fit around the plastic tube "candles".  Then used a glue stick on the paper to apply them to the tubes.
I replaced the plastic tube candles and inserted clear flame bulbs.


I used a hook in the ceiling where the light fixture will be permanently, over the dining room table. 





Hardwiring to the existing recessed lighting and switches requires sheetrock cutting, wire feeding and connecting.  That will be put off for this weekend  when I have a helper to fish wires.  :)

I'll post the finale photos here next week~





In the meantime, I have a preview of a long awaited light fixture.  (sigh) Patience is a virtue.






The update: 



Connected to the dimmer switch on the recessed lighting in the room. 

low lighting...

full lighting











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56 comments:

  1. Love it! Looks Awesome:) very cute. Have a great week.

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  2. Thank you, Rachel! Have a great holiday weekend!

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  3. Gorgeous work! I love the frugality of it. Thanks for linking up with us for Fabulously Frugal Thursday.
    http://www.realthekitchenandbeyond.com/fabulously-frugal-link-up-68/

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  4. The power of paint! Isn't it great to do a couple of simple changes to make it completely different? Two cans of paint, printed paper and a little glue stick. It can't get cheaper than that. :)

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  5. I have done this for all but one of my ceiling lights. It is a great way to get a beautiful light but not with a huge price tag. I like the touch of the paper around the light's, so cute!



    Emily- Our house now a home

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  6. Oh, looks so much better! I hate that brass finish...thanks for sharing with Hump Day Happenings : )

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  7. Adrienne BoswellMay 29, 2014 at 6:21 PM

    This is great! I'd love for you to link up to the Be. YOU. Tiful Link Party :) http://wp.me/p2LtB9-sc

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  8. That looks really fantastic and I like the idea of decorating the plain plastic candlesticks. Awesome! I'm visiting from the Create. Simplify. Inspire. blog hop. I've got a weekend linky on the go if you want to join.

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  9. I'd be happy to, Tina! Thanks so much!

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  10. LOVE this! It turned out so cute!! Pinned. :)

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  11. Meredith WoutersMay 31, 2014 at 11:24 AM

    So pretty! Great minds think alike - I was just linking up a tutorial on how to DIY candle covers, and I found your project already done. It looks so great. Who would think you could make that out of a brass, dated, chandelier!

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  12. Lorraine WilliamsonMay 31, 2014 at 2:59 PM

    great job love it especially what you did to the candlesticks something I'm going to have to try visiting from my favourite things have a great weekend

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  13. It's so easy and quick to do. Thank you for pinning!

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  14. Awesome Meredith! I'm looking forward to your tutorial!

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  15. I used old handwriting to blend in with my dining room decor, but I'm sure you can use anything from wallpaper to other printout designs. As long as nothing flammable is in contact with the wiring. I do hope you try your own makeover and have fun with it.

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  16. Kim Daniels LewisJune 2, 2014 at 10:31 AM

    This looks amazing! I love the little details. Pinned. Thanks for being a part of our party. Please come and party with us, tonight at 7 pm.. We love having you. http://loulougirls.blogspot.com/
    Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls

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  17. I will be happy too!! Thanks so much, Kim!

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  18. Thanks so much for linking up at Teach Me Tuesdays @ 3GLOL. We appreciate you!!!! Hope to see you again this week!!

    http://3glol.net/2014/06/02/teach-tuesday-3glol-6/

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  19. So glad to be there, Bobbie! Thank you!

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  20. Great makeover, it looks fabulous. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me.

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  21. I love how you can use an inexpensive can of spray paint to transform almost anything! I did something similar to an ugly brass ceiling fan at my house. Thank you again for linking up to The Creative Exchange!

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  22. Brittnei WashingtonJune 3, 2014 at 1:27 PM

    I am not a fan of gold at all. I love how you changed this to an iron looking metal instead with the paint. I would have never thought to have an ancient script on the candles like that. Very creative! Thank you for sharing his masterpiece with us at Countdown in Style!

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  23. Dawn Spatulas On ParadeJune 3, 2014 at 3:35 PM

    I love it painted black and the hand writing sheets are a nice touch, different which I like. Thanks for sharing with us at The Southern Special. Dawn ~Spatulas On Parade

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  24. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this!!! Thanks for linking up to Tips and Tricks! Hope to see you again next week

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  25. Thank you for visiting Damar! :)

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  26. Great idea with the fan! I'm going to try that with an old brass fan in my office now that you mentioned it. It is amazing how paint can change anything. I even painted a cheap plastic chrome painted faucet fixture in office a copper metal color. It's a temporary dress up until I change the fixture out completely, but the copper looks awesome compared to the peeling condition of the current one.
    Thank you for visiting, Laura! :)

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  27. The brass was okay years ago, but I agree with you, I cringe and itch to fix it when I see it. I couldn't wait to find one and change it to black. To buy one outright, is rather expensive. This was a very cheap fixture for ten bucks, spray paint and a little glue and paper print outs.
    Thanks for stopping, Brittnei :)

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  28. Thank you, Samantha! I'll certainly try to be there!

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  29. It looks awesome! We have gold colored fixtures from my great grandma that I kept hidden in the storage because I don't really like the color that much and you just gave me an idea! Thanks for sharing this at the Whatever Wednesday Blog hop. Have a great week!

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  30. Wonderful! I'm so glad you can renew your family pieces! That is really exciting~

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  31. Wow that looks amazing! Never would have thought to redo them! It's amazing what you can do with paint! Thanks for sharing at Whatever Wednesday on Thank You Honey! Hope you to see you again next week!

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  32. Awesome transformation! Theresa @DearCreatives

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  33. Wow! looks great! Thanks for sharing with us at Your Designs This Time!

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  34. Thank you for sharing this at The Weekend Social over at Kitchen Dreaming. We hope to see you again next week.

    Dina@KitchenDreaming

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  35. Ricki @ The Questionable HomesJune 6, 2014 at 4:47 AM

    I love the transformation! Yay for patience. I really like the black with the "antique" letter, it really is a great upgrade.
    Thanks for sharing at The Weekend Social. Looking forward to the electrical update.
    Ricki @ The Questionable Homesteader

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  36. Dawn @ We Call It JunkinJune 6, 2014 at 6:31 AM

    Fantastic reno on that brass, Robin! I love the addition of the script on the candles, too. That really added another level of elegance. Thank you for joining the History & Home link party. -Dawn @ We Call It Junkin.com

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  37. ARod@MakinMyAptaHomeJune 6, 2014 at 7:49 AM

    great job it looks fabulous now

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  38. You're so welcome! Thanks for having me and stopping by :)

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  39. I love the power of paint. It's always amazing how drastic the changes are. Thanks, Sarah! :)

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  40. I agree with you. Thanks, Marisa. :)

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  41. I got the look I wanted without paying a lot for the actual fixture. Isn't it fun? Thank you so much for viewing the post and I look forward to visiting you more, Dawn. :)
    Have a great weekend!

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  42. Goodness, first the horse, then this! You're a total re-do rockstar!

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  43. ARod@MakinMyAptaHomeJune 8, 2014 at 11:37 AM

    thanks i totally think so tooooooo hee hee Happy Sunday

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  44. Kim Daniels LewisJune 9, 2014 at 2:03 PM

    So cute! Pinned. Thanks for being a part of our party. Please join us tonight at 7 pm.. It's a honor to have you! http://loulougirls.blogspot.com

    Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls

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  45. Steph @ Crafting in the RainJune 10, 2014 at 6:10 PM

    The new candle are perfect :) I picked it to feature at the Do Tell Tuesday party today. Come grab a featured button, and thanks for linking up!

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  46. You are too awesome, Cori! Thanks so much!

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  47. Awesome! Thank you so much, Steph!

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  48. What a great update!!! I'm featuring it tomorrow over at Power of Paint!

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  49. Larissa ~ Prodigal PiecesNovember 11, 2014 at 11:07 AM

    I love updating these outdated brass pieces with paint and your's is fantastic! I'll be featuring it tonight on "What's YOUR Prodigal Piece? link party, Robin. :o)

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  50. I'm thrilled to be featured and that you think the same as me. (Painting sisters) :)
    This chandy was perfect for what we needed.

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