How to transform an old chandelier

So this chandelier was here when we moved in, but you can find it at Home Depot. It’s really nothing special, they call it a bronzy color at the Home Depot, its really just brown. I did a little online window shopping to see what was out there and didn’t want to pay a couple hundred dollars for a new chandelier when I could spend $4 on Amazon on a can of spray paint to change the appearance of this one.

How to transform an old chandelier


With the help of my dad, we removed the chandelier, pulled the wiring through the chain and I cleaned it with some isopropyl alcohol. I washed the shades with soap and water.


The next step is to tape it really well since you’ll be spray painting it. Tape both the sockets for the light bulbs and the wires.


Find an well ventilated area, thats protected from the elements. I was able to use my shed. Use light short bursts of paint to start covering the chandelier. Don’t worry if its not all coated at once. Plan on multiple coats.

Touch up and dry:

We strung up the chandelier in the shed to allow to dry and reach the more challenging places to paint.

Once the paint was really dry (give it a day or two if you can), we fed the wires back through the chain and re-hung it.


It’s a little difficult to tell that its navy when the lights are one, but its considerably better than that brown color. It will look even better when I paint the walls a nice driftwood gray!