October 6, 2010

Our Thrifty Chandelier Makeover

When we bought our home last year, there was one thing that really stood out to us.  The home needing some updating.  Since the home was build in the 90s, brass was a theme in the home.  Due to the cost and time involved, the update has been a gradual one.  First, we replaced all of the brass ceiling fans in the home with some bronze colored ones that we found on clearance at Lowe’s Home Improvement.  That alone was a major improvement.

Recently, we decided that something needed to be done to the brass light fixtures in the home, mainly in the foyer.  We weren’t ready to spend $100 or more on a new chandelier, so my husband decided to try out some metallic spray paint in a bronze color.  First, he tried out the paint on an old lamp to see how it would look. We liked the results and so the chandelier was a go.

chandelier – before

Sorry, I didn’t have a picture of just the chandelier. This is from a set of pictures I took of the home while we were moving in.

chandelier – after

Putting the chandelier back up on the high ceiling was much tougher than the paint job. I was standing on the stairs with tools and screws, just praying for safety.

My hubby was so pleased with the chandelier results that he painted the two bathroom fixtures and all of the towel bars. 

bathroom – before

Wow, look at all that brass.  There were two light fixtures in the sink area and two towel bars and a toilet paper holder in the shower area.

bathroom – after

And for some reason, my flash was not working on this picture. I really need a new camera.  Anyway, you get the idea.

And that’s our thrifty makeover.  It cost about $5 and the results were great.  Do you have any frugal makeover stories to share?



5 Responses to “Our Thrifty Chandelier Makeover”
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    Tanya @ Mommy Goggles
    Twitter: mommygoggles

    So, you painted the light and towel fixtures on the last pics? I LOVE them! I can’t tell what they are, but looks like a faded/darker color, but overall I love the look of the fixtures! We have a 1900 home and have done so many things to this house, including things like this to make our home just that… OUR home. I love the fixtures, but cannot tolerate the gold. LOL We have some gold/brass door knobs and I love the glass on them, but have painted (me, not him – me! LOL) the brass/gold on them to update the look of our home. Why spend $50 for a fixture when you can paint it, make it your own for way way cheaper! Oh, I am all about cheaper prices for newer looks!

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    The Thrifty Mommy
    Twitter: thriftymommy

    Tanya: Yes, we (he) took the chandelier, bathroom lights, and towel fixtures down. He spray painted them with a metallic bronze paint, and hung them back up. I’m very pleased with our $5 makeover. 🙂

  3. 3
    Popcorn says:

    I love the idea of spray-painting the brass fixtures to update their look! I didn’t think of that when we were replacing our powder room fixtures 2 years ago.

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    The Thrifty Mommy
    Twitter: thriftymommy

    I know what you mean. It was my hubby’s idea. He spray painted an old lamp first to try it out. Thanks for dropping by. 🙂

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    Twitter: SolopreneurWeb

    Love that transformation, and the price can’t be beat.

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