From Brass to Sass

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$65
2 Hours
Easy
In an effort to transform my 1980’s home into an updated, eclectic haven, I needed to rid the house of the excessive brass fixtures and trims found in just about every room.
My 12-light brass chandelier was no exception.  It had good bones…it was not a flimsy piece, but rather substantial with a lot of potential.  Besides, why spend money on new lights when there is a perfectly good one already hanging there?!
Rather than take it down (it was very heavy), I decided to mask around it with drop cloths and masking tape.  The rug was being replaced anyway, so it served as protection for my wood floor. This was the most time consuming part of the project.
After removing the bulbs and tubes, I masked off the sockets. 
Next, I took a can of Rustoleum Forged Hammered Paint and Primer in One (Antique Pewter) and sprayed every inch of the brass fixture.  I let it dry for a few days.  I don’t think it was necessary to wait that long but I wasn’t in any hurry at that point.
To add some depth to the finish, I took some dark wax paste and a soft cloth and rubbed the fixture all over.


I removed the masking, replaced the tubes and used 12 dimmable LED bulbs, and a new dimmer switch that worked with LEDs.  To finish off the look, I added 12 mini shades in dark gray silk.  It looks totally different and fits in nicely with my new décor.
I removed the masking, replaced the tubes and used 12 dimmable LED bulbs, and a new dimmer switch that worked with LEDs.  To finish off the look, I added 12 mini shades in dark gray silk.  It looks totally different and fits in nicely with my new décor.
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  • Deb Deb on Mar 31, 2017
    HOW DO YOU APPLY THE SHADES? HOW DO THEY STAY ON/UP?

  • Nac22019572 Nac22019572 on Apr 01, 2017
    This looks really nice :) My question is, how bright can yo

  • Bettybelle Bettybelle on Apr 02, 2017
    Stunning. Simply stunning!

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