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Beautiful, Colorful Chandeliers (and a Sneak Peek Of My Glass Chandelier)

My love of a colorful chandelier started with this picture:


That was the beginning of my obsession with bright, colorful chandeliers. I don’t know where I first spotted the photo, but I blogged about it two years ago. So as you can see, this is not a new obsession for me.

And I’m not picky either…it can be a spray-painted flea market find, or a gorgeous (and obscenely expensive) Murano glass chandelier. I find them all equally as exciting and beautiful.

I don't know if I can pick a favorite colorful chandelier from this group of six.


So about a year ago, I decided that I needed to find a chandelier to go above my dining table in my little condo. And even though my condo is tiny, I still wanted something colorful, maybe a bit oversized, and something that would make a definite statement.

After searching and searching, and coming up empty, I had almost given up. Then I spotted it….THE PERFECT chandelier. The only problem…it was an antique glass chandelier, and was priced at $1200. Needless to say, that was NOT going to happen.

But then a couple of months later, the same chandelier was marked down on clearance. The bargain price? $200.00! I still can’t believe I payed that much for a chandelier (yes, I’m incredibly cheap, and $20 is generally more my price range for a chandelier), but I just loved it so much. And I’ll love it sooooo much more once it’s painted. 🙂 Yes, I said PAINTED!!

I just heard a collective gasp among the antique lovers out there. The truth is, I don’t have a care in the world about antiques, or how valuable they are, or how they lose value when you paint or refinish them, blah, blah. I’m just not an “antiques” kind of person. What I DO know is that the shape of this chandelier was absolutely perfect in my mind, and I can see it now…GREEN! And while it’s not yet painted, I thought I’d give you a sneak peek of it.

My future colorful chandelier...I can't wait to paint it!
One arm broke off during the trip home with my new treasure.



Now you might wonder why my hand is in the photo. Well, that’s because I’m actually having to hold that one arm of the chandelier up. You see, somewhere between the store and my paint shed, the chandelier broke. Yep…that arm snapped right off. It’s not a problem. I’ll just use some Loctite Epoxy, it’ll be as good as new (or, as good as antique, I guess I should say).

I can’t wait until the weather warms up a bit so I can paint it. I’m going to use Rustoleum spray paint in Green Apple. It’s definitely going to be one colorful chandelier!

Rustoleum spray paint in Green Apple.


That color will pull out the green from my window treatment fabric:


And when it’s finished, it’ll hang right here:

Well, I’d better step away from the computer and get busy. So much to do!! I hope you have a great weekend.



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21 Comments

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    Azra Momin
    January 9, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    An apple green chandelier with antique bones – LOVE it!! Against those teal cabinet doors it will be yummy! At least I think so. Teal/turqiouse teamed up with neon-y greens is my favorite color combo!

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    Sally
    January 9, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    I'm very excited to see how this turns out. 🙂

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    Hannah
    January 10, 2010 at 4:54 am

    Such an absolutely delicious idea! And I loooove the style of your chandelier… I would have definitely put my life on hold to buy that thing. :-p

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    Melissa
    January 10, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE it!! I come from a family that values "the look of wood" and "the original finish," which makes me a complete pariah 🙂 I have been thinking of doing something similar, so I'm anxious to see how your's turns out. I say yes to painting antiques 🙂

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    Erin
    January 11, 2010 at 4:23 am

    Oh my gosh, I LOVE this!!! What a steal to begin with, but it's going to look amazing apple green! Especially next to those lovely cabinets and window treatments! Can't wait to see! 🙂

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    Scientific Housewife
    January 11, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    That is such a beautiful paisley fabric! I can't wait to see what it looks like!

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    Sharky
    July 30, 2010 at 2:59 am

    Those are colorful pieces of art. I really liked them.

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    Melissa
    April 10, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE it!! I come from a family that values "the look of wood" and "the original finish," which makes me a complete pariah 🙂 I have been thinking of doing something similar, so I'm anxious to see how your's turns out. I say yes to painting antiques 🙂

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    Crystal
    February 9, 2012 at 6:39 am

    This was over a year ago. Did you do the project? Not finding it on your blog. I want to see!

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    Cindy
    June 23, 2012 at 7:45 am

    I love this, I am hoping to see the finished product! 🙂

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    steva
    August 9, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    just found a similar chandeleir on craigslist for $75 bucks that im picking up tomorrow. i cant wait. m painting it black!! ive been looking for this for 4 years!

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    Julie beckingham
    December 2, 2012 at 12:56 am

    Love the work you have don but I am having trouble finding fixture

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    Julie beckingham
    December 2, 2012 at 12:57 am

    Love the work you have. Done but I am having trouble finding fixture

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    Julie beckingham
    December 2, 2012 at 12:58 am

    Love the work you have Done but I am having trouble finding fixture

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    Anna Grady
    January 29, 2013 at 7:53 am

    I have a chandelier hanging above my dining table and would love to paint it black – I was wondering if you could give me pointers as to how to prep it for the best end results? I don’t want to botch it up.

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    Jordan
    March 10, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    Very Very Pretty! I have an old rusty one that I have been wanting to redo. Can’t wait to try it! Thanks for the inspiration! Would you link this up to our blog hop? I think our readers would LOVE It!
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