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Saved From a Life of Brass

While out thrift-shopping for pieces to ReStyle, I came across a brassy-finish chandelier just begging to be given a new purpose in life. Brass was so popular in the 80's and now thrift shops are simply overflowing with this style just waiting for someone to rescue and re-love them. I was happy to answer this chandelier's cry for help. :)
It just so happened a bride, who was looking for a chandelier for her summer wedding, contacted me about purchasing it. Could this chandelier be ReStyled into a dreamy-turquoise? Yes, it most certainly could.
Chalk-type paint is supposed to adhere to everything so instead of using spray paint with a primer, I decided to test it out for myself.
Chandeliers are meant to be hung, so it would be tricky figuring out how to paint it by hand without holding it the entire time. While leaving the house that morning, I noticed our basketball goal in the driveway and a light bulb went off. Why not hang it from the rim of the net? Since the net can be raised and lowered with a hand crank, it was super easy hanging it with bungee cords. And yes, I was pretty proud of myself for being so ingenious. Feel free to steal that idea. ;)
Once I got to painting, I'll admit it wasn't for the faint of heart. Check out all those spindly arms. Twelve to be exact. Yep, it took awhile to paint. Every. Single. One.
When I was finally finished painting, I decided to forgo the step of waxing since it was a light fixture and the heat from the bulbs could potentially melt the wax. I went straight to the big guns - spray poly.
The chandelier was still hanging from my basketball goal outside (I'm sure my neighbors were delighted), so it was ready for its final topcoat. This was the easy part - spraying the poly and waiting for it to dry. And I was thrilled I didn't have to paint another coat on by hand!
Next up, finding some bling to adorn this newly ReStyled beauty.
With a little paint love, this chandelier was ready for its transformation debut.
The chandelier was the perfect finishing touch for the gazebo. What a beautiful background and I'm thrilled my chandelier was chosen to accent this gorgeous bride's wedding!
Now, a turquoise stunner, it was ready to be a focal point in the gazebo at a beautiful outdoor wedding.
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  • Hannah V
    Hannah V Brooklyn, NY
    on Nov 3, 2014

    Oh I love it! What a great color and fun touch to the gazebo!

  • Julie Moyna
    Julie Moyna Santa Clarita, CA
    on Nov 3, 2014

    Great job, how many coats and what color did you use? Or was it homemade? Did you know you can spray chalkpaint? We have classes at our shop that shows you the do's and dont's of sprayi with mineral paint. :). It's amazing how fast and easy it can be!

    • Highstyle Restyle
      Highstyle Restyle Plano, TX
      on Nov 4, 2014

      @Julie Moyna Although a sprayer would certainly come in handy when I paint chairs. Agh...so much work! LOL

  • Carol Little
    Carol Little
    on Nov 3, 2014

    Thank you for the inspiration. That chandelier is beautiful. I, also collect them from the Restore and have the brass ones. Great idea for painting them. I will do that very thing and hang them with solar lights in bird cage stands!!

  • Miriam I
    Miriam I Bay Shore, NY
    on Nov 3, 2014

    Can you hear my gasp from halfway across the country? LOVE this!

  • Linda Hansen-Overly
    Linda Hansen-Overly Green Bay, WI
    on Nov 4, 2014

    yuck so home made looking

    • Melissa McKay
      Melissa McKay Mishawaka, IN
      on Nov 4, 2014

      Once apon a time long long ago everything was "home made" & that made everything that much more appreciated & interesting :)

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