Wednesday, October 28, 2015

French Chandelier Makeover with Chalk Paint

French Chandelier Makeover-Chalk Paint- From My Front Porch To Yours
We have been fighting a bad chest cold around here this past week. It hit me pretty hard and I was down for most of the week. By the time Saturday came I was ready to DO something even though I was still not 100%. 
Before-French Chandelier Makeover-Chalk Paint- From My Front Porch To Yours
I decided it was the prefect time to try and makeover the chandelier above our kitchen sink. I ordered a new light for the breakfast nook and so instead of spending more money on a new fixture for here I knew I could come up with an update that would work with the new breakfast nook light. I also knew it would be a fairly simple project so just perfect for the situation.

I apologize in advance for not the best photography here. I only used my phone for pics because I was feeling bad.
French Chandelier Makeover-Before-Chalk Paint- From My Front Porch To Yours
Here is an up close of what the finish looked liked. This chandelier already had a makeover 5 plus years ago. It use to be nickel.
French Chandelier Makeover-Before-Chalk Paint- From My Front Porch To Yours
Back then I had even painted the ceiling medallion to match.
French Chandelier Makeover-Annie Sloan-Chalk Paint- From My Front Porch To Yours
To create the new finish I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Country Gray first. Then I stippled Old White over it. I did not want to cover up all of the Country Gray.
Old White-Country Gray-French Chandelier Makeover-Chalk Paint-Faux Finish- From My Front Porch To Yours
Next up I used a wet sanding block, squeezed out, in medium grit and lightly sanded away sporadically to reveal the oil rubbed bronze underneath. 
French Chandelier Makeover-Socket Covers-Before- From My Front Porch To Yours
Next I needed to update the socket sleeves.
Chandelier Socket Covers-Hot Glue- Create Wax Drips- From My Front Porch To Yours
They were basic and I wanted to make them look like they had wax dripping down since the new breakfast nook light fixture had fancy socket sleeves. I just looked at one of the new light fixture sleeves and then replicated the drips with hot glue on to these.
Hot Glue- Wax-Drips-French Chandelier Makeover-Chalk Paint- From My Front Porch To Yours
After the hot glue had dried I used Old White to paint the  socket sleeves. I then added some clear wax and then dark wax to age them a tad. I had to be carefully because the chalk paint was not a huge fan of staying on the hot glue but I ended up getting it to work. Please note that I only use the recommended wattage for light bulbs in my chandelier which is 25 watts. If you use any higher you risk chance of fire in the base case on top of having the glue on there. I use this light 80% of the day and have not had any issues with the glue getting hot or melting. If you choose to recreate this in your home keep those things in mind.I am NOT responsible nor am I telling you to do this. I am just letting you know what I did and the results thus far.  
French Chandelier Makeover-Chalk Paint- From My Front Porch To Yours
I put all the crystals back on and I stared at the finished product. It looked great but I was not in love with it. It had too much bling and I knew it would not go well with the other new light fixture.
French Chandelier-Faux Finish-Chalk Paint- From My Front Porch To Yours
I decided to drastically reduce the number of crystals strands and even placed some in different areas. I then added some vintage lamp parts to the base of each candle. 
French Chandelier Makeover-Chalk Paint-Painted Crystals- From My Front Porch To Yours
After that I used my chalk paint again and painted the droplet crystals with Country Gray first and then old White. It took three layers of the Country Gray to cover the glass.There was no rhyme to how I did it. I just lightly dry brushed the top color on till I achieved the old world look I liked.
Chalk Paint- Ceiling Medallion-From My Front Porch To Yours
The ceiling medallion was achieved the same way. 
After-French Chandelier Makeover-Chalk Paint- From My Front Porch To Yours
This project was a pretty simple one and cost me nothing!
French Chandelier Makeover-After-Chalk Paint- From My Front Porch To Yours
I love how it turned out and I think it will go perfectly with the new breakfast nook light fixture. Oh, and yes, I know there are two different style light bulbs. This was not intentional. With being sick and having sick kiddos I was not able to get out and buy enough of one so I just used what I had!;)

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29 comments:

  1. Looks amazing, Pamela! You definitely transformed it with a frenchy touch.

    Hope you feel better soon.

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    1. Thank you Stacey! i am feeling much better now thankfully.

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    2. What did you use for the socket sleeves?

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  2. REALLY beautiful, love how you made the sleeves all drippy!!

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    1. Thank you Debra! Hope your weekend was a good one.

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  3. It came out beautifully Pamela! I am giggling as I did the same hot glue trick 20 years ago in our home, and for a client, and again a few years ago in this house. It works!! :D

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    1. It does work Gee! After putting up the new light fixture in the breakfast nook today I actually decided I like my drips better!;)

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  4. Woww! If this is what you can do when you're sick, then I am very jealous of your talent! Looks great.
    Best,
    Michelle from simplysantabarbara.blogspot.com

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    1. You are too funny Michelle! It actually took me three times as long to complete it because of my cold but I was determined to accomplish something.

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  5. Great looking makeover Pamela...love the hot glue idea.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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    1. Thank you Linda! I will be sure to share at your party on Monday!:)

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  6. What a cool makeover. I would have never of thought to use hot glue for the fake melting wax!

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  7. You did a very nice job on "aging"the light. I love reading about your creative endeavors, a real talent. Hope you are feeling better soon.

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    1. Thank you Nancy! I am feeling better now and appreciate you stopping by and visiting.

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  8. I LOVE it!!! I don't think I could ever have the patience for this so I think you are the best!! Great job!

    Jane xx

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    1. Thank you Jane! It actually was a pretty simple project all things considered.

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  9. I love it!! Great job! The hot glue was genius and it does look better without all the bling. The painted droplets are a nice touch. Way to go! Hope you are feeling better.
    Elaine

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    1. Thank you Elaine! We are all feeling much much better now.

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  10. Beautiful Pamela!!!....I love the way you adorned the sleeves with the candle drippings using the hot glue gun....genious!!! Hey, I wonder if that would work on the faux battery candles!...Hmmm...got to give it a try! Great job Pamela!

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    1. Shirley I bet it would! I was looking at some battery operated ones that clip on the Christmas tree today and was thinking if O want dot tackle a few sets of them.

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  11. I'm redoing dining chairs with country grey and then white swiped on like Yvonne's at Stonegable did. Love those colors together, especially on your chandy!

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    1. Yes they are perfect colors that go with everything!

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  12. Love the results of your chalk paint chandelier project, Pamela! Hmmm...you've got me thinking now about a chandie that I don't exactly love the finish of...something to think about, that's for sure!

    Hope you're feeling better now!

    Mary

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    1. Go for it Mary! Thank you for your sweet comments.

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  13. This is beautiful. What a transformation. I have a question about the fabric over the chain. What's the purpose of it? I've never seen that before, so just curious.

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    1. It is a cord cover. They have been around for many years. You can find them at places like Hobby Lobby. I used it because the chain on the chandelier was still oil rubbed bronze and I was not painting it.

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  14. Wow! It looks lovely. You have patience and it turned out well. If you can do that sick that's amazing.

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  15. This looks great. Using the hot glue to make faux wax was a great idea.

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  16. Oh, it looks beautiful. I love the French Country look. It's it amazing what we can do to change what we already have into something different. Thanks for sharing your project and I hope that everyone is feeling better !!!!

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