The brass builder grade chandelier..... I wish I had been the one to design these things because I would be rich by now! They are in almost every house I've ever been in - LITERALLY!!!! Most people think the only thing to do is take them down and replace the chandelier with something more updated. One of my clients, recently, was about to do just that, but I wouldn't let her. You see, I pride myself in saving my clients money by helping them to decide what is worth keeping and what really needs to be replaced. I felt their chandelier had many more years of life left in it, if only it was made cuter! I also HATE the thought of yet another home furnishing going unnecessarily into the landfill. My motto is waste not- want not!
To achieve this look, I taped off the ceiling around the top, and I simply painted the chandelier itself with a flat, black acrylic paint (I did not paint the chain). The paint gives the fixture an iron look, so don't get too hung up on the lack of smoothness as that just adds to the character. It took 3 coats of paint. After letting that dry, I made a fabric tube with some leftover fabric I had lying around. Take an 8" wide by 4' long piece of fabric (the size will depend upon the size of your chain, though) and fold it in half wrong side out and staple it down one side of the fabric with the chandelier chain in the middle. When you've finished stapling down the length of the fabric, turn it right side out inside itself (with the chain still in the middle) until the entire right side of the fabric is showing and covering the chain. I tucked the raw edges at the top & bottom inside themselves, so you can't see it & VOILA - you no longer see the chain. To remove the fabric cord cover, simply cut it off when you want to change it out to something else! To clean it, simply vacuum it with an upholstery attachment. We then added some pretty linen shades from Lowes to finish it off.
The whole project turned out great and complemented her traditional decor very nicely. For $36 in paint & new shades, we had an entirely new light fixture! I particularly liked the way it blended well with her many vintage finds from Europe. This is a great project that not only saves money, but is sustainable for the environment, too. These chandeliers can also be purchased for about $15 at your local Habitat For Humanity Thrift Store if you are in need of a chandelier, which is a steal considering most new chandeliers are at least $150 at any big box store. $150 may not sound like a lot, but things can really start to add up when you're renovating an entire house & have many projects to do (I would much rather spend that money on new pillows - I have a thing with throw pillows). I love revamping lamps and light fixtures because the options are limitless and its so very fun to do! Follow PaperCanvasEtc on Facebook to keep up with exciting art & design ideas and as always - Happy Designing!