A marvel of brass, wood (faux?) and grapevine-etched glass globes, this was the dining room chandelier when we bought the house:
I started shopping for replacements only to find that the iron chandeliers that I really like are pricier than I expected.
In an ideal world, I’d probably have the chandelier at left, or one like it — but alas, we do not live in an ideal world. We live in a world where I can either have this light, or go to town when upgrading from our 21″ CRT TV. We chose the latter. (The family room has undergone significant re-furnishing and re-arranging, but that’s a topic for another day.)
So what to do with the brass and wood in the meantime?
First, we pulled off the etched glass globes. That held us for a few months. The light was brighter, and the 80’s vibe was at least a little less aggressive:
Still awfully shiny, though, and not very complimentary to black and white china. Or much else, for that matter.
To deal with that, over the last two weeks, I gave it the same treatment that I gave a pair of brass table lamps a few months ago: I spray painted them with Rustoleum Hammered Metal spray paint (dark bronze). For about $3 or $4 worth of paint and primer, and about two weeks spending a few minutes a day turning it and adding coats, it’s quite an improvement:
It was harder to paint than the table lamps, partly because there were more pieces to tape off and keep the paint off of. It was hard to get the chain completely painted, too. I did the last few spots after it was reinstalled, with a q-tip dipped in some paint that I sprayed onto a piece of aluminum foil.
I’d still like to replace it eventually; but this was a pretty rewarding short term fix, especially for the cost!