Monday, April 11, 2016

REDO: Shabby Chandelier

Vintage Charm
Way last year, I was on a hunt for a chandelier. I wasn't sure what I wanted, until I saw this OLD one at the Elkhorn FleaMarket in Wisconsin. My budget was scant at the time, so I passed and then contacted the seller online and purchased it later.
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Jeanine's booth is called, ChiPPy-SHaBBy


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 I loved all her things, here is the original post about the Elkhorn Fleamarket.

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Hubby is a genius and made it into a fixed light for the bedroom---but before---I HAD to adust the color with a REDO.


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When I got the fixture home---it was not only chippy, shabby, but filthy and also very, very yellow. Not pale yellow but electric 1970's yellow. First I stuffed the candle sconces with toweling and sprayed the whole thing with degreaser...and scrubbed.


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After multiple scrubbings with a bottle brush, scrubbies, and elbow grease...I hung it upside down over the sink for three days to dry out. I went on the statement from Jeanine...that it worked.

Results---it was even brighter yellow. And some of the dirt was really what had been a 'gold' paint which had tarnished to simply dirty looking.



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Here is a good example of the tarnished gold that is more of a dead, yugghy gray green
If it werent' for the yellow, and the tarnish that looked like dirt, I could have lived with this just as is. But the bedroom was looking so NEW and pristine---I needed to find a middle ground.



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Taking acrylic craft enamel paint in white and water, I daubed all the ugliest areas with a thin white finish of white



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 I left all the rusty stems...but simply freshened the flowers, sconces shafts and the petal candle holders.


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Here you can see how thin the coating is. Enamel paints tend to need three coats to get a perfect finish, so this was only one thin daubed on layer. This took some time, and lots of turning and changing angles to cover every surface.


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Now to mask the yellow on the leaves.  I loved the style of the finish---just not the color...a combo of briliant yellow, brown, and greens. 

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I started a plan of working on the easiest accessible leaves so if it didnt' work, I could scrub it off.


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The plan---to use three acrylic enamel greens: a chromium (dull), a bright lime and a grass green. I used paint from my stash, I store my paints upside down, so they last forever. (Think GREEN make it last.)



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Here's my palette, a plastic plate which I will reuse for other projects, with white enamel added. White adds opacity to the brighter enamel greens which I was afraid would be too transparent to cover the yellows.


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Here is the palette half-way through the project. I grabbed a little of each color with my brushes to mimic the original freestyle paint.

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Where the leaves were textured, I wiped excess paint off, to preserve the original spirit of the chandy.
I also used a damp sponge brush where it was difficult to get my hands in.


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 So many surfaces to paint. Bits of yellow showing through, but no where near as bright.



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As the paints began to dry darker (always keep that in mind when doing a project), the chandy began to look under control color-wise. I left edges rusty where possible and on the leave stems the original finish.




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 The last touches were watered down green dry brushed into the centers of the flowers.



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I thought of beautiful white geraniums centers with green blush. The touches are very subtle, but helped to tie the fixture parts together.


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Here it is installed. What a perfect spot for it and hubby didnt' have to crawl up into the attic to do new wiring. The chandy is on a dimmer.


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I do have built in electricity in the furniture as well as a desk lamp under the first shelf. But the lighting is not as dreamy as having a chandy.



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 The blue changes so with the lighting, this is bulbs on full with the dimmer switch.


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On at halfway here.


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 Halfway with night setting on my camera...love this!


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Approximate DIY costs on My OLD REDO chandelier.

Price: $79.00
4 new cardboard socket covers: $3.00
I bleached the plastic covers and brought them back to sorta white. $0 =
Paint: $0 from my stash otherwise, 4 colors at $2.50 each
Plastic base fitting-specialized to accept any fixture:@$10.00
Ceiling rossette (to cover old holes) $10.95

Total: @ $103.00
under my $150.00 budget for this item.


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10 comments:

  1. Dear Sandi:
    I think that looks just perfect and turned out to be a real focal point in the room. Job well done! Thanks for linking and sharing.

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  2. You did such a great job on the make over of the chandelier. I like it so much better now with the white
    great your husband could hook it on on the dimmer switch for you

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  3. You did such a great job on the make over of the chandelier. I like it so much better now with the white
    great your husband could hook it on on the dimmer switch for you

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by. We are past the age of him crawling in the attic and making a new electrical box. and it was too big/long for by the window...so this was the best option, and I love it. thanks, Sandi

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  4. What a lovely transformation - thanks for sharing with SYC.

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  5. Love your chandelier update. There is something so special about chandeliers.
    Bev

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  6. Great transformation and it looks great in your room.

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  7. That turned out awesome! Thanks for sharing at HSH!

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  8. Great job! Love that fresh lime-like green lately. Looks so pretty.
    Visiting from Beverly's.

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And great to meet you, Sandi