Asked on Oct 17, 2016

Change a chandelier from brass to chrome?

Kauai Breeze
by Kauai Breeze
I have a beautiful glass chandelier that I just love because it not only has candelabra lights which light the room, but also a small flood light that shines down on the table. My problem is that I've remodeled my kitchen (white cabinets and chrome pulls) but now the brass light looks out of place. Is there a product that I could paint over the brass to look like chrome? The glass panels are not removable.
  20 answers
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Oct 17, 2016
    You can cover the glass with painters tape and newspaper. Then spray paint the brass with Rustoleums 2x metallic in chrome.
    • Dee Dee on Oct 17, 2016
      Make sure you clean it good before spray painting Also adhere the painters tape by pressing down the edges really well so no paint seeps through, You could use some Vaseline on the glass to make excess paint removal easier with a straight edge razor. I think this will look great in chrome I have spray painted smaller light fixtures and it comes out great.
  • William William on Oct 17, 2016
    Would be easier if you could take the lamp down. Also, lightly sand the lamp to remove any shine and create a tooth for the paint. If you plan to spray it in place, use a piece of cardboard as a backing to catch any over spray.
  • Joann Gonnella Cope Joann Gonnella Cope on Oct 17, 2016
    I hate to tell you this but I know this fixture. It is the exact one we used in a town home complex I used to take care of. In 13 yrs there I replaced 12 out of 24 because of everything from bad wiring to fire. You would be better off replacing it with something similar in chrome. Sorry.
    • Vicki Mcginley Vicki Mcginley on Oct 18, 2016
      IT depends on the manufacturer, as a former lighting wholesaler I can tell you this style was made by many companies. Also, if you had aluminum wiring on the homes, that would be the culprit rather than the fixture. If her fixture is this old with no problems, I would guess it will probably not be one of those you had problems with. I hope you have not had any further problems with it!
  • Li Li on Oct 17, 2016
    I had a fixture that was similar & I loved the downlight also. I no longer have it and wish you good luck updating yours.
  • Kauai Breeze Kauai Breeze on Oct 17, 2016
    Thank you! Now I won't hesitate to totally dismantle it to paint it, so I can check the wiring.
    • Vicki Mcginley Vicki Mcginley on Oct 18, 2016
      I don't think that it necessary but is your choice, and wouldn't hurt if you have it down already. I have made other posts referring to this.
  • Whatever719 Whatever719 on Oct 18, 2016
    You will never achieve a true chrome finish by spray painting it. Have you thought of trying to darken the brass. Then it won't look at dated as the shiny brass. There are several articles/videos on the internet. I'm going to try it on mine.
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    • Lisa Terry Hann Lisa Terry Hann on Oct 18, 2016
      Or black would work too.
  • Vicki Mcginley Vicki Mcginley on Oct 18, 2016
    I was a lighting distributor in the 80's and can tell you that this fixture was manufactured by several companies, so no matter what Joanne C stated, if the fixture has lasted this long it will not have wiring problems. It will take patience, but you can repaint it after taping off all the glass panels. good luck!
  • Whatever719 Whatever719 on Oct 18, 2016
    The spotlight, facing down, gets very warm. I think the paint would have to be heat resistent.
  • CeCe Graphenteen CeCe Graphenteen on Oct 18, 2016
    You might also try Rub-n-Buff...
  • Jim L Jim L on Oct 18, 2016
    Unfortunately, whatever you do to this light, it is always going to look dated...Honestly, I would donate it to Habitat or other charity shop and get something more in keeping with today's styles.
  • Snapoutofit Snapoutofit on Oct 18, 2016
    It is in good shape. Donate it. and consider purchasing something like this:
  • Ginsum Ginsum on Oct 19, 2016
    I have a lamp in my dinning room that has a similar light configuration although the glass was configured differently I disconnected the lamp and took off the parts that hung the glass and during Re assembly put on a drum lamp shade from home depot . . . I only covered it up but with the exception of the chain which I could have changed out but didn't, you never see the brass.
  • Ginsum Ginsum on Oct 19, 2016
    This is the shade
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    • Ginsum Ginsum on Oct 20, 2016
      At the very least if you take the shade part of your fixture off it makes spraying your fixture a whole lot easier!
  • Ginsum Ginsum on Oct 19, 2016
    The light from below
  • Theresa Theresa on Oct 19, 2016
    All you have to do is tape over what you don't want painted and you can spray paint the rest.
  • Shannon W Shannon W on Oct 19, 2016
    I agree with Theresa, try this video to compare :)
    • Whatever719 Whatever719 on Oct 20, 2016
      That paint comparison video was very informative, and not just for the chrome look. I learned a lot.
  • Reblcant Reblcant on Oct 19, 2016
    There is paint for metals. Check your hardware store. Take light down from ceiling. cover glass using painters tape and spray paint the light.
  • Rynn Rynn on Oct 23, 2016
    We recently painted a "previously trendy, now outdated" shiny brass light fixture in a house we were updating. Spraying with the Rustolem Metallic paint ( as previously suggested by someone) worked great. We happened to use the oil-rubbed bronze color. While it does not have the coppery edges of real bronze, it blended great with our décor. So I am confident that using the chrome or a brushed nickel spray paint will get a light fixture that you will LOVE! Best wishes. please share your before and after photos.
  • Eroque022810 Eroque022810 on Nov 22, 2016
    You want to rethink painting chrome. In fact if you can still return pulls I would. Gold is coming back and in all finishes. If you wish to repaint it in a matte gold which I have seen everywhere just cover up the glass then use a spray paint for metal. Take your time covering glass. Prep work pays off big time. I wouldn't rushow this change go to furniture stores and lighting stores check out what's coming in and if you feel the need tof just replace it and save it carefully be a use you will be reusing soon.
  • Eroque022810 Eroque022810 on Nov 22, 2016
    Don't rush it we mix our metals in our jewelry check to see what designers are using. It's a very cool looking light fixture. Good luck which whatever you do. Whatever you do,do not get rid of it. If you're a crafter then you know prep work is worth every minute it takes you.