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How to Modernize a Traditional Brass Chandelier

With a few simple steps, take an old brass chandelier from old, fussy and formal to functional, fun and fresh.

Brian Patrick Flynn, Decor Demon
White Kitchen with Blue Walls

Materials Needed:

  • brass chandelier
  • painters' tape
  • can of spray primer
  • 3 cans of spray paint
  • snap-on spray paint can handle
  • sheet plastic
  • globe chandelier bulbs

Prep for Paint

Protect floor and surrounding areas with plastic sheeting. Use a damp cloth to wipe dust from chandelier, remove socket sleeves then cover sockets with painters' tape.

Modernize Kitchen Chandelier Step 1

Prime Surface

Shake can of spray primer for one minute then attach snap-on handle to can's top. With can six inches from surface, lightly pull spray handle back and prime chandelier using controlled pressure on handle. Prevent drips by covering areas to be painted with an even coat of primer, being careful not to spray one area for too long. Allow primer to fully dry for approximately one hour.

Modernize Kitchen Chandelier Step 2

Add Finish Coat

Shake can of spray paint for one minute, then attach spray handle to top. With can six inches from surface, lightly pull spray handle back creating controlled, overlapping strokes. Allow up to an hour for first coat to dry, then apply final coat.

Insert Globe Bulbs

Remove painters' tape from sockets, slide sleeves into place then screw in globe bulbs.

Modernize Kitchen Chandelier Step 3
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