Do It Yourself Antique Patina Chandelier

Do you live in one of those houses that has the basic factory made brass chandelier hanging in your dining room?  Not that there’s anything wrong with that type of chandelier.  It’s actually a nice style and suits most decor.  

Do It Yourself Antique Patina Chandelier

Do It Yourself Antique Patina Chandelier

However, after giving birth to my son over 7 years ago and going from working full-time to becoming a stay-at-home mom, I needed some excitement in my life.  

I was never the creative type and was intimidated by DIY (Do It Yourself) projects around the house.  But I kinda wanted to prove to myself that I could do whatever I had set my mind to do.  After all, I just gave birth to my son at almost 39 years old.  If I could do that, I could do anything.

I kept looking at the chandelier wondering what I could do with it to make it look more shabby chic, which was the style I wanted in my home.  So I went to Michaels looking for some inspiration.

I found exactly what I was looking for – a kit to ‘patina’ my chandelier.  This particular one is by Rust-Oleum American Accents and is called Authentic Patina Indoor-Outdoor Kit in the Dark Patina color.

Do It Yourself Antique Patina Chandelier

Do It Yourself Antique Patina Chandelier

This kit contains everything you need – base coat, top coat, abrasive pad, gloves, foam brush and idea booklet.

My first challenge was getting the chandelier down from the ceiling.  If I had to, I would have figured out how to do it and would have done it.  However, since I have an electrician for a husband, I thought it would save time if I just asked him.  He was happy to oblige.

He hung the chandelier from a thick wire in the ‘shop’ area of our basement so that I could do my magic on it.  The steps are listed on the back of the kit box.  

Step 1 was to spray on the metallic base coat and let it dry.  Then gently rub the base coat with the abrasive pad.

Step 2 was to use the sponge to apply the patina top coat.  

Step 3 was to immediately use a damp paper towel to dab the patina paint to give it the exact look I wanted.  And that was it!

I was so proud of my creation but it didn’t feel complete.  I felt as if it needed something else.  Then it came to me.  It needed little mini lamp shades to complete the shabby chic look.

I found a great selection on Ebay under mini lamp shades.

Do It Yourself Antique Patina Chandelier

Do It Yourself Antique Patina Chandelier

And here, my friends is the completed look.  My husband of course re-hung it.  It was around the fall during the time that I refinished this chandelier.  So I bought some grapevine garland with the little fake berries on it from the craft store and wrapped it around the chandelier.  

Do It Yourself Antique Patina Chandelier

Do It Yourself Antique Patina Chandelier

During other times of the year and certain holidays, I’ll wrap other things such as fall leaf garland, spring flower garland or I’ll leave it as-is and not wrap anything around it.

Fast-forward over 7 years later and I’m still very happy with my little chandelier project.  I feel that it fits our home decor so much better than the original brass look that it originally had.

Do It Yourself Antique Patina Chandelier

Do It Yourself Antique Patina Chandelier

So if you’re a little fearful of tackling a new project, like I was, just go for it.  What do you have to lose?  The more you do these types of things, the more confident you’ll become.  And it’s so rewarding to see the final product and to be able to say that you did it!

Happy DIYing!!

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  1. says

    Good Job

    I think I did that about 7 years ago before I had my blog and I was so excited to see my brain waves was on the right track, everyone was painting their chandeliers
    yours is lovely

    • Profile photo of Pam says

      So funny we both did this 7 years ago. And I bet you still love yours as much today as you did then. Thanks so much for your sweet comment.

  2. says

    You made it so unique; I can’t believe it’s the same chandelier???? I love it!!
    Maybe you should go into business–have people bring their things to you for

    • Profile photo of Pam says

      Thank you Cheryl! It’s fun to see what you can do with something that’s simple and turn it into something totally different.

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