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DIY Antique Brass Chandelier Tutorial

DIY’ing (Do It Yourself) has come such a long way in the last few years…the projects that non-professionals are taking on is amazing and I’m here to share an easy DIY chandelier project using Rustoleum spray paint that will allow you to transform any light fixture in your home! In this project, I took a dated crystal chandelier and made it look like an antique brass chandelier for the patio using Rustoleum Metallic Gold spray paint! It truly is amazing what a coat of paint can do, isn't it?! Make sure to also take a look at this old antique wood stove that I made into an outdoor fireplace with a coat of paint!

BVINTAGE STYLE SIGNATURE

If you have ever looked at images of my home then you know how much importance I put on lighting! Finding those perfect chandeliers for the spaces in your home is like the icing on the cake!

a beautiful patio with lilacs on the table and a larger armiore against the wall.

Light fixtures truly do bring a whole room together! I have a number of DIY chandeliers in my home and I want to show you an easy and affordable way that you can give the chandeliers in your home an upgrade.

Types of Chandeliers 

When it comes to light fixtures, nothing creates a statement like a chandelier! There are so many different types of chandeliers out there and each style gives the space something unique! A few popular types of chandeliers are:


French Country Chandelier

French Country chandeliers tend to be a candelabra style and usually have muted colours that are painted or chippy distressed creams and whites. 

Industrial Chandelier

Largely made of industrial elements like iron, bare wire and Edison bulbs, Industrial chandeliers are impressive fixtures that can add a touch of masculinity to a space. I made this Edison bulb chandelier almost ten years ago and still love it.

a large industrial light fixture made out of a salvaged ladder, long wire lights and Edison bulbs

Scandinavian Chandelier

Scandinavian chandeliers have become more and more popular worldwide over the last few years. These simple but unique fixtures tend to be made of paper, acrylic or metal and offer clean simple lines. 

Modern Chandelier

Similar to the Scandinavian chandelier, Modern chandeliers are sleek and minimal! This style of chandelier tends to carry a theme or shape that is seen throughout the space it is in.

Farmhouse Chandelier

Farmhouse Chandeliers bring a touch of nostalgia to a space. Usually made from wood, wrought iron or glass, this style of chandelier will sometimes show off an Edison bulb or candle type bulb.

Now that you have an idea of a few different types of chandeliers, you can decide on what type of style you want for your space.

Shop Types of Chandeliers 

Updating a Chandelier

As an interior designer, I see so many clients restrict how they shop for lighting fixtures based solely on the colour of the metal on the chandelier. Sometimes you find the perfect fixture that is the perfect shape and size but it only comes in 1 colour! Let me show you how easy it is to DIY a chandelier so that it becomes that perfect fixture!

Don't let yourself be limited to what a light fixture looks like in the picture... let yourself think outside the box! Can it be altered to make it your ideal light fixture?

A beautiful patio with an antique harvest table and a chandelier

For this outdoor light fixture, I wanted to transform a white traditional crystal chandelier to have a weathered antique brass appearance but I knew I couldn’t achieve that effect with 1 colour. This DIY technique will give any fixture an antique brass appearance and an old-world feel.

Check out the full DIY Chandelier Tutorial Video below and then read below for the full STEP by STEP instructions!

DIY Chandelier Tutorial Video 

How To Create An Old World Antique Brass Chandelier Using Rustoleum Metallic Spray Paint

PREP TIME – 30 minutes

PAINT TIME – 45 minutes

DRY TIME – 1 hour

REASSEMBLE & CLEAN UP TIME – 45 minutes

TOTAL TIME – 2.5 hours

Taped ceiling area for a DIY chandelier

Tools & Materials 


Rustoleum Universal Metallic Spray Paint in two coloursspray paint

Instructions for Making an Antique Brass Chandelier

Spray Painting an antique brass chandelier
  1. 1
     Prep the chandelier by removing all the light bulbs, lighting sleeves (if desired) and giving it a good wipe down. If the fixture is new, you can leave these components off
  2. 2
    If you are leaving the chandelier hanging like I chose to do, you will want to tape off your ceiling above the fixture.
  3. 3
    Place a drop cloth under light fixture.
  4. 4
    Begin spraying with the Rustoleum Metallic Gold spray paint. This doesn't need to be perfect, just apply a good coat to the fixture.
  5. 5
    Do NOT wait for the gold spray paint to dry but rather quickly start applying the RUST-OLEUM Universal Metallic Antique Brass in patches. With the Antique Brass spray paint, you are not covering the whole fixture but rather only applying in areas where the “sun” would have caused the gold to discolour and darken. Applying the 2nd colour while the first colour is still wet allowed them to blend together to create a more authentic antique appearance.
The beautiful part of DIYing with RUSTOLEUM Universal Metallic Spray Paint is that you can easily fix your mistakes!
DIY chandelier project with a ladder underneath
  1. 6
    Observe any spots you may have missed and go back over with RUST-OLEUM Universal Metallic Pure Gold. Then again adding touches of RUST-OLEUM Universal Metallic Antique Brass! Have an overall look at your chandelier and see if you like the ratio of the Pure Gold Colour to the Antique Brass colour.
  2. 7
    Remember, when you are DIY’ing, it is personal preference and you can tweak things to your exact taste! In the end, I went back over mine and applied more Pure Gold where it was to dark and applied more Antique Brass in areas I wanted to look more vintage!
  3. 8
    Then re-attach any crystals or beads. I wanted this DIY chandelier to have a more minimalistic feel so I actually left a lot of the crystal off.
  4. 9
    For an extra touch, I purchased flame tip light bulbs to give the DIY chandelier a more vintage feel!
flame tip bulbs in a antique brass chandelier

The RUST-OLEUM Universal Metallic Paint & Primer in One covered so well and I actually used less paint than I thought I would. This was such an easy project and I love that there is lots of room for error and creativity!

A beautiful patio with a farmhouse table with lilacs and washstand.

Some of the best parts of the RUSToleum Universal Spray Paints are:

  1. Offers one coating for a diverse range of surfaces, including metal, wicker, concrete, wood, vinyl, laminate plastic, glass and more!
  2. Interior and exterior rust-preventative formula
  3. Comes in 5 different finishes: Clear, Enamel Paint & Primer, Hammered, Metallic & Pearl Metallic

I can honestly say that this spray paint product has improved since the last time I used it. I hope this project inspires you to give one of your chandeliers a little upgrade with this simple DIY project!

Adding texture with spray paint

Tips for Making a DIY Chandelier

If your taking on an outdoor light fixture,  I recommend a metal chandelier with no plastic parts! You will also find that some chandeliers have plastic crystals but glass or crystal tend to hold up better in the outside elements. I should note that my chandeliers are NOT outdoor rated because they are under a covered patio. Please consult an electrician to see if your outdoor living space would require special ratings for the weather elements.

If at all possible, hang your chandelier when you are painting it! It is much easier to paint the entire chandelier while it is hanging rather than having to rotate it on the ground.

Check out some before & afters of this DIY Chandelier project!

White Chandelier hanging before getting painted
Antique Brass Chandelier after getting painted with Rustoleum Metallic spray paint
Patio before and after
Patio before and after

I hope you enjoyed this easy, DIY antique brass chandelier tutorial! As always, I LOVE to hear from you, so please leave me a message in the comments below and let me know what you think! You can also head over and find me on my Instagram! 

Looking for more DIY painted project inspiration, check out the chandelier from my Home Office or my friend Wendy Kennedy's Vintage Stereo Upcycle Project!

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DIY Antique Brass Chandelier

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Follow this easy and affordable DIY Antique Brass Chandelier tutorial using Rustoleum Metallic Gold spray paint!

Prep Time 30 minutes
Active Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 3 hours
Difficulty Easy

Materials

  • Any light fixture! NEW or OLD!
  • 1 can RUST-OLEUM Universal Metallic Antique Brass
  • 1 can RUST-OLEUM Universal Metallic Pure Gold

Tools

  • Painters Tape
  • Drop Cloth
  • Mask
  • Ladder if the chandelier is suspended

Instructions

    1.  Prep the chandelier by removing all the light bulbs, lighting sleeves (if desired) and giving it a good wipe down. If the fixture is new, you can leave these components off
    2. If you are leaving the chandelier hanging like I chose to do, you will want to tape off your ceiling above the fixture.
    3. Place a drop cloth under light fixture.
    4. Begin spraying with the Rustoleum Metallic Gold spray paint. This doesn't need to be perfect, just apply a good coat to the fixture.
    5. Do NOT wait for the gold spray paint to dry but rather quickly start applying the RUST-OLEUM Universal Metallic Antique Brass in patches. With the Antique Brass spray paint, you are not covering the whole fixture but rather only applying in areas where the “sun” would have caused the gold to discolour and darken. Applying the 2nd colour while the first colour is still wet allowed them to blend together to create a more authentic antique appearance.
    6. Observe any spots you may have missed and go back over with RUST-OLEUM Universal Metallic Pure Gold. Then again adding touches of RUST-OLEUM Universal Metallic Antique Brass! Have an overall look at your chandelier and see if you like the ratio of the Pure Gold Colour to the Antique Brass colour.
    7. Remember, when you are DIY’ing, it is personal preference and you can tweak things to your exact taste! I went back over mine and applied more Pure Gold where it was to dark and applied more Antique Brass in areas I wanted to look more vintage!
    8. Now re-attach any crystals or beads. I wanted this DIY chandelier to have a more minimalistic feel so I actually left a lot of the crystal off.
    9. For an extra touch, I purchased flame tip light bulbs to give the DIY chandelier a more vintage feel!

Notes

If at all possible, hang your chandelier when you are painting it! It is much easier to paint the entire chandelier while it is hanging rather than having to rotate it on the ground.

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