I am a chandelier hoarder. When I see an old one with a great shape, I must bring it home with me – even if I don’t have a place for it at the time. I stick them in corners of closets and in the attic crawl space until the perfect ceiling presents itself to me. It’s gotten to the point that my husband, Tom, has asked that I not bring anymore home. Oh, like that is going to happen!
Generally, the light fixtures that I hoard need some sort of attention – cleaning up, new wiring or an updated paint job. The challenging thing about painting a chandelier is getting the underside, the side that you can see when you stand underneath it. Chandeliers aren’t exactly easy to balance upside down.
So, I’ve devised a system in my garage to make the job easier. Here’s how to paint a chandelier:
First, I installed a hook in the garage ceiling. I put it into a stud, so it can bear some weight without the drywall coming down. From the hook, I tied a length of rope.
At the bottom of the rope, I am able to tie the chandelier – either by the chain or from the old wiring. I tie it high enough so that I can easily walk underneath it.
I string some plastic behind it so that I don’t get spray paint on my garage walls and place a drop cloth on the floor. I make sure to cover up any parts of the light fixture that I don’t want to paint, like the sockets.
I let the chain hang down so that it can be painted, too.
Then, I just spray paint as usual. I can cover the whole fixture at one time and be able to fully cover the bottom of the fixture without problem. If there are any other pieces (this one had a canopy and a piece that went around the outside of it), I put them on the drop cloth and spray them directly on the floor.
How do I actually paint it? I generally wipe it down with a wet cloth, and when it’s dry I use the Rustoleum Ultra Cover 2X (for colors) or Rustoleum Universal Metallic Paint and Primer in One (for metallics) spray paint. I don’t worry about using a stand alone primer or roughing up the surface if its for something that’s only going to be seen and not touched.
Are you a chandelier hoarder? How do you paint them?