Updating dining room


The lighting in my dining room has a crackle finish that was in style when I built the house in 2005. My husband built the oak Mediterranean style bread board table and I reupholstered the parson chairs. The house is Old World style with a stone fireplace that goes up 20 feet to a vaulted ceiling and dark oak handscraped flooring throughout. I would like to do something to the lights. Any ideas?

q updating dining room
q updating dining room
q updating dining room
q updating dining room
  17 answers
  • Judy in Canton. Judy in Canton. on Jan 19, 2021

    It's all lovely as it is but I understand that sometimes a person needs a little change. I would paint the bases of all the lighting fixtures in matt black and either make or buy tiffany style glass shades. It would still maintain the old world style and simplicity of the room.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Jan 19, 2021

    You can paint the metal with a high heat paint for an updated bronze look.

  • FrugalFamilyTimes.com FrugalFamilyTimes.com on Jan 19, 2021

    Just spray painting over the crackle with a dark paint - like oil rubbed bronze will help to update them. :)

  • Sharon Sharon on Jan 19, 2021

    I would sand the metal areas to remove the crackle, or use paint stripper.... then get some Rustoleum bronze metallic paint to update it.

  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Jan 19, 2021

    you can paint the light fixture and add new globes if you want to

    here is how to paint it


  • You could take a look at Home Depot or Lowes and freshen up the space with a new light fixture! Usually they aren't too expensive and it'll give you exactly what you want.

  • Dee Dee on Jan 19, 2021

    Wow I absolutely love your dining room set. What a beautiful job you both did. Rustoleum now makes a no sand primer. I would lightly spray primer on the fixtures, I would use either oil rubbed bronze or a metallica bronze. You can purchase new globes, but I think everything falls into place in your dining room. I love it.

  • William William on Jan 19, 2021



  • Mogie Mogie on Jan 20, 2021

    I would remove the crackle and give them a coat or two or a deep brown spray paint. That would freshen them up while still holding onto the med. look.

    A quick look at globes for sale in a big box store would be good also. New globes and the frame touched up would make this light look new.

    • Maggie Mae Maggie Mae on Jan 23, 2021

      I do believe she is talking about crackle on lights can you pain those too

  • Betsy Betsy on Jan 20, 2021

    Hi Sophies Mom: I'd change out the light holders and maybe spray paint the holder. It's beautiful as is.

  • Kmdreamer Kmdreamer on Jan 21, 2021

    You could re paint the light go right over what’s there just do 2 coats

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Jan 21, 2021

    Hello I think I am possibly eliminating the crackle finish might be a nice clean update. Spray paint could be your perfect solution

  • Annie Annie on Jan 23, 2021

    Your local paint store will have a variety of paints with different textures. Plus you can probably find some different glass shads as well... Good luck

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  • Flipturn Flipturn on Jan 27, 2021

    Yes, I say paint the frame, as the crackled look is now outdated.

    I am wondering what the possibility might be of, (since the fixture will be down off the ceiling anyway to repaint it) trying to rethread the wires in the opposite direction through the centre post? Would there be enough width for the finial?

    Turn the fixture upside down, replace the glass shades with a newer design, then rehang the fixture. The frame shape would look entirely different, and the lights would then be shining down on the table instead of up to the

    ceiling. No-glare-bottom bulbs are available for wide neck shades.

  • Sophie’s mom Sophie’s mom on Feb 02, 2021

    My husband sprayed them an oil rubbed bronze. They turned out great!