Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Painting a Brass Chandelier!

                                                                                                                                                             
 A vintage brass chandelier had seen better days...
I had a little plan to makeover this light fixture.
It involved some painting with Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan in Graphite...
 The Chalk Paint® sticks nicely to the brass without any prepwork. 
After doing one coat over the chandy I moved to the next step....
 I wisked some French Linen Chalk Paint® across most of the Graphite.
 Then I used my magic potion...Pearl Plaster!
 I brushed the Pearl Plaster over the painted finish and
 made it heavy and crusty in some areas and sheer in others.
Finished up with a little dark wax and now it has a a whole new look!
Something kind of hand forged looking....
Some black candle covers and this baby is good to go!
So consider Chalk Paint® for your brass pieces and add
a little Pearl Plaster for that shimmery but not sparkly look.
On a side note, Colin has been coming home on the weekends to help
out at the store~here he is painting a cottage dresser in Old White.
I have been getting lots of  compliments on him and how well
he is doing when I have to step out of the shop. 
So thank you to those who have let me know he is a pleasure and is 
so helpful and full of information.
Hope to see you in the shop!
We are located at 
150 Main Street Reading Mass
781-942-7400

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32 comments:

Judy K said...

Love the changes you made to the chandelier. It looks beautiful. Good to know about the candles.

Divine Theatre said...

This Christmas I used plastic sliced fruit for my wreaths and garlands and I thought they would look more realistic if I melted them to look dried. Ugh! I almost poisoned my entire family with the toxic fumes! I achieved the desired results but I wouldn't recommend it!

xo

Andie

Audrey @ Neverending Decorating said...

Wow Amy, it turned out beautifully! I would love to find one and do this same treatment. Gorgeous!
Audrey @ neverendingdecorating.blogspot.com

Debra @ Common Ground said...

that chandy really looks fabulous!!! sort of pewter-ish!

Anne said...

Good to know about those candles.What a beautiful chandy!
xx
Anne

Shabby chic Sandy said...

Thanks for the info on the candles--knowing me I would probably burn the house down! I noticed some posts on FB that it was okay to burn them..so good to spread the word :)! They still look pretty, and honestly when I burn my tapers I always change them out for cheap ones anyway :)

Nice job on the chandelier..and it is so awesome how your whole family is so involved in your business :) Happy creating!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Amy that chandelier turned out beautiful!! Love the look!

Bridget @ The Rehab Boutique said...

That chandy looks amazing Amy!!!

NanaDiana said...

Wow- Did that turn out great, Amy. The chandy is beautiful! Can't wait to see your surprise for the shop. Good catch on the painted candles- xo Diana

Kelly said...

I love how that chandelier turned out! That is amazing! I wish I could do that with my giant chandelier hanging in the foyer that is very dated. I have a two story foyer with lots of stairs in the way, so that is why I haven't done anything with it. That pearl plaster is the secret!! Thanks for sharing.

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Great finish on the chandie, Amy. Before you mentioned the outcome of the candle incident, I was thinking, hmmmm, burning chalk?

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/From Harvest To Table said...

That chandie turned out great!

Nita {ModVintageLife} said...

Love the way the chandelier turned out. That's a very pretty finish. Love the painted candles...still a good thing to paint them even if you can't burn them. Colin looks awfully cute in that photo.

The White Pear Tree said...

That's too bad about the painted candles, the colour is so pretty!

That chandelier turned out so beautiful!

ASCP works really well on brass. I have painted some brass candlesticks with Old White and Duck Egg Blue. The Duck Egg ones match my living room perfectly.

Katie @ Wildwood Creek said...

Gorgeous chandelier transformation!

Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

Good to know. Your chandi looks great! Can't wait for the surprise...

Heaven's Walk said...

Just beautiful, Amy! I think I need to buy some of that pearl plaster....! Do you sell it?

xoxo laurie

Something Nice and Pretty said...

I have a chandy in the basement that I found at GW for six dollars, I'd love to try it! Thanks for the heads up on the candles too!

Sue@Uniquely Chic said...

The chandy looks amazing!!! never thought to paint candles w/ ASCP....clever even if for decorative purposes.

Karen Albert said...

Amy what a fabulous transformation; I love,love the chandelier now!!

xoxo
Karena
2013 Artists Series

michele said...

i was actually a little worried when i saw that prior post about the painted candles so good save, amy!

i recently slathered a perfectly good chandelier with white paint and love the effect. what a great upgrade from the ceiling fan in our bedroom that always embarrassed me when i would snap photos! see what blogging does to us???

smiles to you.

michele

The enchanted home said...

The chandy makeover is amazing....wow!! You gave it new life. Funny about the candles and VERY good to know. Always fun to see what you are up to!

Nantucket Daffodil said...

Our dining room chandelier is old and brass....and I hate the finish! This is a great alternative to replacing it!

I hope your surprise is that you are opening a shop in the Mattapoisett area!

~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

Great looking chandy Sweetie. Love the look. I just posted my very first Crystal Chandy and I am so thrilled. Looking for another. . .sooner rather than later. Wish me luck.
~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

swedecollection said...

The chandelier looks FABULOUS!
Two questions: where do you purchase black candle covers? And, how do you know if a vintage chandelier needs to be rewired for safety? Thanks.

Jill Flory of Sew a Fine Seam said...

That is amazing! I LOVE that chandi! I'm hoping to put a chandi of some kind in my living room later this year and I'm thinking I will buy an old brass one and paint it. Cheaper than new. Never heard of the Pear Plaster before - I HAVE to try that out!

Rita said...

OMG love the way your chandie turned out. it's fabulous Beyond words and doesn't look the same piece.
i've tried chalk paint on brass before but didn't think it could make a piece look so stunning.
rita

Cindy said...

The chandy looks great Amy. That pearl plaster seems like something everyone should have. I love the effect it has with the paint. And, good to know about the candles, i hadn't painted any yet, but it was bound to happen sooner or later!

Cindy

Stacy Curran said...

Amy I think your mistakes are few and far between! Glad to see you are the busy bee as always :)
Stacy

Danielle said...

The chandelier is lovely. I just got some of that pearl plaster and can't wait to use it. x

Dear Lillie said...

The chandelier is AMAZING, Amy! What a transformation!

Cathy Ososki said...

I'm getting braver with the paint and painted a lampshade. It worked great. I used a roller so there was no brush strokes. It's amazing what you can do with this paint.

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