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
- An old chandelier
- Spray paint of choice (we used Rust-Oleum silver)
- Painters masking tape
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.
Wow! I was wondering what to do with that ugly ceiling fan!!! Now i just need to find a chandy!! So neat!
Check those thrift stores! Ü
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What an incredible transformation! It’s just beautiful now and I love that you were able to reuse something. Great job!! Thanks so much for linking this up to our Bewitchin’ Projects Block Party. Hugs, Lisa
Thank you so much Lisa. I appreciate that. Ü
Love it! This is perfect!!!Some of those old ceiling fans can just date your whole room! Love the new fixture:) Thank you so much for sharing with us at Friday Favorites! I would love for you to join me at mustlovehome.com for the Wonderful Wednesday Link Party…and enter our $40 PayPal Cash Giveaway for May!! Hugs – Christine at Must Love Home
Yeah now that our house is finished (15 month renovation hell) I still have someone ask me from time to time, “You don’t have any ceiling fans?!” I just tell me, NO, and never give any kind of explanation. I just don’t like them! I gave my husband the exact same response when he asked if I was going to put one in the living room. Nope! Not gonna happen! I love your chandelier! So much better then the old ceiling fan!
Thanks Tara. I’m a fan of air moving but I’d rather use normal fans. I like the chandelier MUCH better!
Love how it turned out! We love our ceiling fans in the Summertime, though.
I agree! Paint is so powerful and can transform just about any piece! Great job!