If you’d love to have a chandelier but can’t afford one here’s an inexpensive way to do it. Buy one at a thrift store and do a chandelier makeover! We did it and the effect was stunning. All it took was a can of spray paint! We replaced a dated ceiling fan light in our living room. This is one of those simple makeover that make a huge impact. After you’ve looked over how easy this is to do, check out what we did with our Upcycled Ceiling Fan Parts.
For other great ideas where we take old things and make them new check out all our Buff Your Stuff articles.
Chandelier Makeover Supplies
Roy found these two chandeliers at the thrift store. The one on the right is what we chose for our living room.
The chandelier was meant to hang down a bit using the included chain but we wanted to flush mount it as our ceiling was not high enough to allow for the chain. We removed the extra cord and chain after we painted it.
Using painters tape, we covered all the bulb sockets.
Then we gave it three good coats, allowing to dry in between.
This is what we were replacing.
Roy took down the fan.
See those fan bulb covers? We used those in our Upcycled Ceiling Fan Parts post.
Now to hang the chandelier.
My dad helped out while Roy wired it in.
Because our fan was not connected to a light switch, rather than rewire things we added a pull chain mechanism to the light by drilling a hole in the base.
The finished chandelier. A beautiful change.