Tuesday, June 7, 2011

My Sister's Chandelier

I found this chandelier last week at Goodwill for $30.00.  I thought it was on the pricier side considering the condition of it, but I couldn't pass it up.  I knew my sister would love it (even though I tried to convince my husband that we should find a spot for it).
Some of the crystals and white sleeves (not sure what that's called) were missing.  I soaked the crystal in a glass cleaner and water.
I cleaned it up and taped up the openings.
I gave it a coat of turquoise spray paint.
Then I used Annie Sloan's chalk paint in Old White to give it an aged effect.  I filled a cup with about an inch to two inches of water and poured in a tiny amount of paint.  It basically looked like I was soaking a brush in paint water.  I then just rubbed the brush on the chandelier.  It kind of bubbled in places and didn't really seem to be sticking, but I just kept going over it and spreading it out. The effect is beautiful.
If you look closely here, you can see some of the subtle white peaking through.  It took away the harshness of the spray paint and gave it a beautiful aged look.
I had a blast photographing it in my backyard.  Please excuse my insane amount of pictures below.  As for the missing crystals, I just chose not to hang any on the top section and used them all for the lower parts of the chandelier. I also went to a lighting store and they actually gave me the plastic sleeves.
Isn't she pretty?  I tried again, to convince my husband that we needed it, but he seems to think our lighting is just fine.  

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Rashon Carraway 6/07/2011  

Well he may be right,
But it look amazing now, I know your sister will be happy to receive it.

Rashon aka Mr. Goodwill Hunting

PJ @ Planned in Pencil 6/07/2011  

OOOOoooh! I love it! I've been looking for one forever! Awesome find, I'm mad jealous!

Michelle @ Dream Home DIY 6/07/2011  

You did one AMAZING job :0) And I love the use of chalk paint. I've not seen it used this way before

Kristi @ Addicted 2 Decorating 6/07/2011  

Beautiful! I'd have a hard time parting with that chandelier.

gail@My Repurposed Life 6/07/2011  

wow! it looks great! super job with the chalk paint!

Kim@Chattafabulous 6/07/2011  

I'm dying to try this paint. Is it spray or does it come in a can? The chandelier is lovely - just got a $30 one at my thrift store last week!

michelle@decorandthdog 6/07/2011  

What a find!! Love it in blue!!

V @ Invaluable Valuables 6/07/2011  

Wow you're a great sister, giving your sister such a gorgeous chandelier .... would you like to adopt me so I can have the next one ???
Its adorable !

Ali Richardson 6/07/2011  

This is seriously the prettiest chandy I have EVER seen!!!!!!!

Ashley@ DesignBuildLove.co 6/07/2011  

LOVE it! And seriously love the paint color choice! Bummer that the hubby won't go for it! That's great that it went to a good home though!

elizabeth@themustardceiling 6/07/2011  

So pretty and feminine. I love the paint color you chose and the big drop crystals.

Admin 6/07/2011  

Looks really pretty.

madameladauphine 6/07/2011  

TURQUOISE!! I love it!!

Joi 6/07/2011  

It looks so great! I love the shabby chic vibe it's giving off! I hope your sister likes it, too.

Coley 6/07/2011  

I love the color you chose! Soo cute :)


Katie 6/08/2011  

Ahhh! I love this chandelier! It's amazing what a little paint can do to something old! Love your blog. I'm your newest follower!

I would love if you'd link this up at Sew Woodsy today at our What's Up Wednesday's link party.

Lauren Brown 6/08/2011  

This is DARLING! Stopping by from the SEW WOODSY linky!



Unknown 6/08/2011  

Great chandelier! Hi! Following you from the Wednesday hop! Hope you'll come visit me and follow me back at:


Have a great day!

Cindy 6/08/2011  

So pretty..... I am a new follower. Love these re-do's!

Dacia 6/08/2011  

It's so pretty! I'm totally loving the color!

Chef in Training 6/08/2011  

this is gorgeous! I seriously love it and the color! great job! I found your blog through a link party and i LOVE it! I am your newest follower and would love it if you would check out my blog and follow me too! thanks!

Lisa @ Turning Tables 6/08/2011  

SO pretty! I love it!!

Anonymous,  6/08/2011  

That's beautiful! I'd have a hard time parting with it too!

Joselyn @ The DIY Spot 6/08/2011  

Yes she certainly is pretty!

The Rust Life 6/09/2011  

Absolutely beautiful! I want one in my house!

Ribbonwood Cottage 6/09/2011  

Wow, absolutely amazing. I need to be on the lookout for something like that. I just love what you have done!

At The Picket Fence 6/09/2011  

That is one gorgeous transformation! I would have wanted to keep it too. LOL! Thanks so much for sharing it with us at Inspiration Friday this week!

Becky@Beyond The Picket Fence 6/09/2011  

I love this, what a great color and finish you did! Thanks for sharing at Beyond The Picket Fence.

Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking 6/09/2011  

Beautiful! Love the bits of white & of course the turquoise is lovely.

sheerserendipity 6/10/2011  

I love the color you chose for the chandelier, it turned out beautiful!

Kara @ June & Bear 6/10/2011  

Just lovely. I've been on the lookout for one for my master. Great find and great transformation.

Elle Uy 6/10/2011  

Charming chandy. Convince your husband more! haha

Unknown 6/10/2011  

This finish is beautiful! I'm now on the lookout for an old chandelier. I've got to have one!

Yanet @ 3 Sun Kissed Boys 6/10/2011  

Oh wow, it's beautiful!! I love how the color came out.

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage 6/11/2011  

Love this- it's just darling!

foreverdecorating 6/11/2011  

Oh how I love it. I have several of these in my home. Next time, don't ask the hubby...just do it yourself...it's easy.

Denise 6/11/2011  

New follower here. I saw your post on Fingerprints on the Fridge. I love crafty people since I cannot make a thing. I love that you painted this turquoise. I cannot get over how different it looks. I think its spectacular! I hope you will follow me back http://talesfrommyjournal.blogspot.com I can be found in facebook too http://www.facebook.com/DeniseMartin.LillaRose and twitter @DeniseLillaRose If you like/follow me there I will do the same for you. When you stop by my blog, please check out my kind of fashion (hair jewelry).

Rosemary@villabarnes 6/11/2011  

Beautiful transformation! Love the color and the fact that you toned it down a bit.

Sweet European Dreams 6/12/2011  

Beautiful! I've done two in lime-y greens so far. I swear I won't stop until my entire house is filled with them! Love the transformation in yours! -diane

CentsLessDeals 6/12/2011  

Wow I LOVE this! You are so talented!

I'm a new fan from the blog hop and new follower via GFC. I would love it if you would follow me back!




WhyCuzICan 6/12/2011  

OH! What a nice sister! If you have room for one more sista- ADOPT ME!


Lesley 6/12/2011  

You know I think that's fabulous! I love the color, the structure...everything.
And I love that you aged it. If you ever come across another, y'know, keep me in mind.

La-Dee-da crafter 6/12/2011  

Turquoise and a Chandelier upcycle. What is not to love!!!

LrSchwtz 6/12/2011  

This is absolutely gorgeous! Please stop by www.laughloveandcraft.com and link up to my Share the Wealth Wednesday Link Party!

Cindy Adkins 6/12/2011  

It is totally stunning!!!

Mallory 6/12/2011  

I don't feel like I could ever do this!! You make it look so easy!

I arrived here via Tatertots & Jello's Weekend Wrap Up. (I'm the post two before yours.) I LOVE your blog!

I'm a newbie in blogland and would love if you check out purplestpecalin.blogspot.com and follow me back!

Take care,


{northern cottage} 6/13/2011  

I absolutely love love love it! Beyond fabulous!


Kyanara_BJD 6/13/2011  

It looks amazing.
I wish I could do something like that.

was hopping by from the creative blogger's hop ,New follower!
Kyanara from Seeing it creative

Bethany @ A Fish Who Likes Flowers 6/13/2011  

So Beautiful!!! I love the color!

Fishtail Cottage 6/13/2011  

coming over from the Picket Fence Link Party to say hello. this is a gorgeous color you used & that chandeier is gorgeous! oxox, tracie

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made 6/13/2011  

How sweet you are - I would have a hard time parting with that -- lovely!

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) 6/13/2011  

Beautiful blog you got here! These colours are gorgeous! Calling from creative bloggers party...hope to see you on my blog:)

Honey at 2805 6/13/2011  

Gorgeous and would love to be your sister!

Blessed Serendipity 6/13/2011  

Love your blue chandy. Maybe you still can convince your hubby to keep it.


All That Glitters 6/13/2011  

Really pretty and really good price!

Emreen 6/13/2011  

Beautiful... The chandelier looks wonderful with the turquoise coat.... Love it... !!

Katie 6/14/2011  

I absolutely LOVE what you have done to this chandelier! Your project will be featured on Sew Woodsy tomorrow. Please feel free to grab a featured button and display it proudly! Of course if you have any new craft projects you'd like to link up we'd love to see you back! ;)

Katie from Sew Woodsy

Jan@southernjunkin' 6/14/2011  

Wow, hard to believe this was a thrift find! The chandy looks wonderful! I know your sister will be thrilled to receive it! Visiting from Coastal Charm!

Andi 6/16/2011  

Hi I'm new here but so glad I found you!! I have a thing for all things turquoise/aqua so I am in love with this chandelier! So pretty!

Mindy 6/18/2011  

Ooooh, I love this! When my sister bought her house, there was an ugly chandelier in the dining room that was very similar to this one. She replaced it and I asked if I could have it. I painted it white and hung it in my daughter's room. I LOVE it!!! You can see it here:

Karen 6/24/2011  

Wow you did a great job, it is beautiful.

Beth @beth-adam.blogspot.com 7/29/2011  

WOW! :) So beautiful!!! :) You did a fabulous job!!
Beth :)

Mindy 7/29/2011  

My sister took a chandelier out of her house when she bought it that's almost identical to that.

I painted it an antique white and hung it in the nursery when I was pregnant with my son. Six years later, it now resides in my daughters room with linen shades that I 'girlied up" with pink trim. I LOVE it.

The color you picked is so fun! I think you should fight for it. :o)

Stoppin' in from Vintage Revivals.

Anonymous,  10/16/2011  

I have a similar chandelier that was in my 1940 house when I moved in. I removed it from the 2nd bedroom to install an updated light. I would like to paint it and put it in my master closet. It's on my project list, but seeing yours inspires me to get it done.

Santiago Mills 11/16/2012  

You did a great job in retouching your sister’s chandelier! If that was me, I don’t think my wife would want to part with it. And I would have found a way to make it fit to appease her. It’s well made. Chandeliers make the room it is in classy and elegant. I am sure your sister loved it when you finally gave it to her. I wonder what was her reaction.

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