How can I transform this 1980s glass chandelier??

by Megan
We purchased a fabulous home with a very warm feel. I'm doing a twist on craftsman style. The other light fixtures are an oiled bronze finish. The light I'm struggling with is the two story entry. The light doesn't match the style of the house, and I doubt it ever did!
I'm struggling to find a way to replace it without breaking the bank. Its 6 tiers of light and glass with a gold finish.
From the downstairs
From the upstairs
It is in this entry (the decor is the previous owners- just wanted to show the steps)
Lit- only the bottom 4 tiers have bulbs for now
  12 answers
  • Darla Darla on Jun 15, 2015
    You could encase it in a rectangular or square oak frame and spray paint or wipe the lower crystals in amber and russet color glass paints.
  • Nancy Hatcher Nancy Hatcher on Jun 15, 2015
    I like Darla's idea. You could also paint all the gold parts a softer warm copper which would work wonderfully with the amber and russet colors Darla mentioned.
  • Janis Gibson Janis Gibson on Jun 15, 2015
    I'd first paint the gold frame - something warm like suggested above. There are beautiful velum or clear embossed papers in the scrapbook dept. Some spray adhesive on the back of the glass. Lay on the paper and then cut with a razor blade such as a box cutter. Could be really beautiful. Could take some time but one of a kind.
  • Pivoines Pivoines on Jun 16, 2015
    Have you tried removing the Chrystal's off. I would then paint the plate , chain, and all the metal a rusty brown finish (iron look) , see how that looks, craftsman has very simplified lines, that might work, and if you don't like it you can still put them Back on. Maybe , then try putting back only every second ones, taking some of the heaviness away from the multiple pendants ? I bought transparent glass paint to change ugly orange design on my ceramic tiles, I got a deep blue, a small jar went a very long way, you may try to cover the christal in a golden hue or creamy white hue (don't forget it is transparent) it might seems an impossible task but I promise you it really goes fast , once you get at it. Take your time , stop when you tire. Good luck .
  • Mcgypsy9 Mcgypsy9 on Jun 16, 2015
    What about using the colors of your choice in a stained glass look. You could paint each piece of crystal in a stained glass paint and even put the leaded look between the paints. You could add pictures, designs...whatever you want to it. Of course you would need to get rid of the gold chain and frame and do that another color. Would love to see this after it is finished.
  • Kathryn Peltier Kathryn Peltier on Jun 16, 2015
    A drum shade over it might work, if you can find one large enough. If not, there's probably a tutorial somewhere on making one.
  • Iberkeley Iberkeley on Jun 16, 2015
    I think the light is gorgeous. So what if it does not "go" with your other decor? I would lower it considerably to show it off. But then, I'm not a matcher, so perhaps it would work for me but not for you.
  • Cherie Cherie on Jun 16, 2015
    Sell your unwanted chandelier on-line (eBay) and buy a new one! I'd buy the old one from what I see.
  • Martha Lord Martha Lord on Jun 16, 2015
    Repair missing lights, make sure everything is cleaned well. Then decide if you love it, or else list it for sale. It looks like it may be a pricey light.
  • Heliane Ripley Heliane Ripley on Jun 17, 2015
    Sell it. Look at the link below: I know yours isn't exactly like it but these styles sell easily and for good money. Ebay would be best but even Craigs List should get you around $200 at least.
  • Heliane Ripley Heliane Ripley on Jun 17, 2015
    Wrong link in my first post.