HOW TO TURN AN OLD CHANDELIER INTO A COLORFUL ONE-OF-A-KIND CHANDELIER FOR YOUR OUTDOOR (OR INDOOR) LIVING SPACE | YOUTUBE VIDEO
Hi SI family, thanks for joining me today! I have something a little different for you today. Spring and summer are a BIG deal here in The Greater Toronto Area. Once the weather warms up and everything starts to bloom, I love spending time out in the garden and enjoying the sun. This past week I went shopping for new patio furniture as our long weekend is coming up. The prices are through the roof so I hauled out my old patio dining set. I’m a firm believer in using what you have if/and when you can! I bought new cushions and an outdoor carpet, and create this EASY Painted Chandelier for a FUN pop of color! It’s a really EASY project and these old chandeliers are a dime a dozen at thrift stores and garage sales.
Here’s what I started with. I’ve had this chandelier for years. It is strictly ornamental since I removed all the wiring the first time I used it outdoors, but it has a cute shape.
Here’s the NEW look. Isn’t this painted chandelier fun?
Every time I look at this chandelier, it makes me smile!
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Old Chandelier – SALVAGED
Rust-Oleum Orange Spray Paint
DIY PAINTED CHANDELIER
I wasn’t sure if I was going to go for a jute-covered chandelier or a pop of color. I’m happy really I went with color for outdoors. This was such an EASY project that I wasn’t sure if I should share it as a blog post. But it’s made such a BIG impact and adds so much color to my outdoor space, even if it gives a few of you an idea for your space – well worth it! Next week is Victoria Day long weekend and I’m looking forward to spending more time outdoors and showing off this cutie!
Here’s how it all came together…
PREP | CLEAN
This chandelier has been stored in my garage for the last 5 years so it was filthy. For the paint to adhere it needed a really good cleaning. I brought it outside and gave it a good cleaning with the hose. Gidget had fun too!
Once the chandelier was dry, Andrea and I sprayed it with a Rust-Oleum Spray Paint in Orange. I used the Univeral one but I’ve used many versions of Rust-Oleum spray paints and they all work well on plastics, metals, and outdoor furniture so I’m sure it will hold up in the elements.
When I use spray paints, I like to spray numerous light coats rather than a few thick coats. If it’s sprayed on too thick, it leads to cracking, bubbling, and drips. When sprayed lightly, it might take a few more coats to get the coverage (this chandelier took 5 coats) but the finish looks so much better!
I used an old sheet as a drop cloth and made sure to spray in the shade. If you spray in the direct sunlight, the paint will dry too quickly. This can lead to an uneven finish or worse, a cracked paint finish.
Once the last coat was dry, I hung it in the middle of the gazebo. I bought these orange cushions and it ties everything in really nicely. Once all the greenery grows in over this gazebo (I have given up on the fabric covering long ago… it was always fading, ripping, and a hassle to put up and take down.
Here’s the finished look!
I can’t wait for all the greenery to grow over the top and create a gorgeous canopy! I’m also going to buy potted flowers for more color and make something for the middle of the table. I was thinking of a concrete bowl or face to hold flowers? If you have any suggestions I’d love to hear them!
I’m also on the hunt for solar chandelier lights – really small ones. I have strings of solar lights in this gazebo which light it up really nicely, but it might be cute if this chandelier lit up as well.
If you’re interested in seeing this gazebo dining area later this season, let me know in the comments down below. I’d be happy to share how this looks when it’s all finished and green.
Here’s a step-by-step tutorial on Youtube. If you have any problems viewing below, feel free to watch it on my Youtube Channel HERE. Our #siyoutube family has hit 13.6K so don’t forget to subscribe if you haven’t done so already! So exciting, thank YOU! 🙂
Here’s another look at this DIY Painted Chandelier before and after. I hope it’s inspired you and given you some new ideas for your outdoor home projects!
This coming weekend is Victoria Day so I’ll be taking a long weekend and resharing a fun makeover with you all! I’ll also be back on Thursday with my Furniture Fixer Upper crew making over this curb shopped dresser. See you then!
LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK OF THIS EASY-PAINTED CHANDELIER MAKEOVER. FEEL FREE TO ASK ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE… I ALWAYS LOVE HEARING FROM YOU. IT MAKES MY DAY! 🙂
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Tom Hillman says
It looks so amazing how the color you have to choose to paint on it looks mesmerizing to the eyes. Can you do something with old lamps?
For sure! This would work on old lamps as well!
So pretty👍 Yes, I would love to see pics of it later with all the greenery. The orange color is bright and beautiful. Another Denise success 😊
Thanks so much Lisa and yes, I’ll be sure to share later in the season! XOXO
I love your outdoor seating area and would love to see an update pic after the greenery comes back. This inspires me, but I live in Florida where it gets so hot an outdoor seating area doesn’t get used much. I will think on this and possibly look for an old chandelier to hang in place of wind chimes. It looks so nice outside!
Thanks Sherry and will do! You just gave me an idea… wind chimes! I used to have them years ago and I don’t even remember what happened to them… but they sounded beautiful and so relaxing!
Love, Love, Love. Orange is my favorite and I don’t have anywhere in the house to place. Spray painting is my favorite….when you tire of a color, easily changed. And no canopy, would not have thought of that. I feel like I got a double blessing today with your share! Can’t wait to see it again. Thank you for all the projects you do. I can see and hear your passion.
Thanks Sage! Spray painting is my sister’s favorite as well. She spray paints everything.😄 Total transformation in a very short amount of time! And as for the canopy, I’ll be sure to share “nature’s canopy” once it’s all grown in!
I love that you painted the crystals and orange is one of my favourite colours! Your backyard looks amazing with that pop of colour.
Thanks so much Sara! I’m looking forward to adding more color with some potted flowers to make it even more bright and cheery after our May 24 weekend! 🙂
Marie B. says
Well dang, Denise. We got rid of our gazebo for the very same reasons you mention. Not once did I think to keep the metal frame without the canvas roof. We’ve got the string lights and an old chandelier so looking at yours, I’m filled with regret about that decision. It looks gorgeous and you know how I’m loving that pop of orange! Have a wonderful May long my friend. xo
Ya, the canvas looked great the first year. Second year (even tho we took it down and stored it) it looked dingy and had some holes. I just couldn’t be bothered anymore. Then when Dad got sick I didn’t do anything with my outdoor space for a few years and these green vines started growing over it! Loved the look so I opted to keep it and let the greenery grow wild. Much easier…lol Wishing you a FABULOUS long weekend as well my friend!
Larissa ~ Prodigal says
You’ve created such a beautiful space, Denise! And the color is perfect.
Awe, thanks my friend! I’m really happy with it too! XOXO
It’s easy to add solar lights to this! use the kind you stick in the ground. Pop the top portion off (or saw them off) and e-6000 them to where the light bulbs were!
Love the orange color you picked! It will still look bright and beautiful in the shade!
Okay, Barbara I’ll look for those. I saw some at Canadian Tire and Home Depot but they look too large for this chandelier. Maybe they sell smaller ones tho! Thank YOU!!
Joanne H. says
What a gorgeous seating area! Like something out of a magazine. The orange is so striking. My first thought was, “Why would you paint over the black?” But i love it. I, too, would love to see the setting again once it has greened up.
Aw, thanks Joanne!🥰 I’m always a little nervous about showing my home because I don’t feel I’m on trend or have a ‘popular’ decorating style. I repurpose, use what I have and I guess have a more eclectic sort of style. So your comment means a lot. It’s encouraging. Thanks again. And for sure, I will share what this seating area looks like later in the season. XOXO
Ruth M says
Love love love
Love love love your comment Claire…thank you!
So cute! Perfect with the cushions. Maybe you can find yellow bulbs for bugs!
Good idea!🐞 Thanks my friend. XOXO
Sometimes I need a kick in the pants to get started or an ultra creative blog post! I have several old chandeliers in my stash just waiting for me to tackle them. This is a perfect makeover-simple yet with a fantastic outcome!! Love it. And please do share the gazebo when it is greened upand what you planted.
Will do Melissa and have fun with your chandeliers! XOXO
I never would have picked orange but it looks do darn good with the greenery! Your dining space and yard are beautiful. I vote yes as well. I would like to see how it looks all finished. Thanks for sharing.
I was a little hesitant with orange as well but I’m happy I tried it. And for sure, will do. Thanks! XOXO
This is great!
I spend some winter months in Dunedin FL, and they do this there. They take old chandeliers and decorate them with fairie lights and hang them in the trees all year round. I am not sure where it originated. It is fun!
That would look amazing… I really like this fairy light idea!!
Tammie- Dallas, Texas says
Love it! You are so clever and thank you for sharing this outstanding idea. I have a few old outdated chandeliers too.
Thanks Tammie! And if you give it a go, have fun!😄
The crystals left unpainted would have reflected the sunlight and solor lights night. Love the orange.
That’s a great idea as well! Thanks Sheri!
Do Dodson says
How are you in my head? I’ve been searching for an old chandelier that I can use under my porch. Fantastic color!
I think you can find small solar lights at a dollar store or online. Such a fun project and your yard is beautiful. Thanks for sharing and giving me the inspiration to follow through. Pinning 🙂
We are like psychic sisters… not psycho…but psychic!😂🤣 Can’t wait to see what you do and thanks for pinning my friend. XOXO
I think it’s fabulous. Your entire gazebo looks so good and I’d love to see your update. I never thought to paint the crystals as well but I love it.
You must have some very fast growing greenery in mind to replace the canvas on the gazebo? Any suggestions?
Thanks so much, Jenny! And I’m not sure what type of vines grow over this frame.🤷♀️ I didn’t plant them, they must have seeded themselves somehow.
Hi Denise. What a cheerful way to update an outdoor space. I never would have been brave enough to choose orange, but I absolutely love it. I need to be more bold in my outdoor Color choices because your gazebo area looks fantastic. Please share photos with the green canopy later in the season:)
Hi Monique! Ya, I was a little hesitant with the orange but I’m happy I tried it. It IS cheerful and makes me smile. And will do. Once everything has grown in, I’ll reshare what it looks like. XOXO
Love the chandelier. I have one with no wiring and stuck in the garage for a very long time. I’m going to paint it and hang on my enclosed patio.. thanks. Let us know if you are successful in finding solar bulbs. I’ll do the same.
Karen mentioned you can find little solar bulbs at the Dollar Store. I’m going to check it out. But even if I don’t find any that are the right size, I’m okay with this chandelier being decorative. The pop of color really adds something to the outdoor space. Have fun with yours Bonnie! XOXO
Love the pop of color! I have also painted a chandelier and it works great!
Thanks Julie… and super easy, right!😃
Priscilla Beno says
Loved it. Never thought of painting a chandler!! Now I will look for one!! Priscilla
Thanks, Priscilla! I’m not sure about your area, but here in the GTA I always see them in the thrift stores and they sell for cheap!
Love this idea. Yes please send a pic when the greenery comes in.
Thanks Meg, and okay, will do! It looks really nice when top is all green. 🤗
Christy James says
It’s so vibrant and fun and such a great addition to your outdoor space!! XOXO
Vibrant right!? It took a little ‘courage’ to use orange but it’s putting a big smile on my face.😄
So cute! The cheap little solar stake lights from the dollar store adapt well to fit chandeliers. You might try them.
Dollar store eh?!!!😃 I’m going to check it out. Thanks so much Karen!!!💕