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Inspiring Chandelier Makeovers

Last Updated on August 1, 2012 by Kristi Linauer

Lighting makeovers are one of my favorite things to see. There’s just something amazing about taking a shiny brass chandelier from the 80s, giving it a coat of spray paint, and making it look fresh and modern. Every time I visit my local ReStore, I browse the lighting aisle wishing that I had many more rooms in which I could use all of the lighting I find that just needs a little TLC.

If you’ve got an outdated chandelier, chances are it doesn’t need to be replaced. It probably just needs a little spray paint, perhaps some beads and baubles, and maybe even some new bulbs. Here are some great before and after chandelier makeovers for inspiration.

(Just hover your pointer over each picture to see the “before” picture.)

Brass chandelier turned pretty white chandelierfrom The Modern Parsonage.

Plain chandelier turned colorful beaded chandelierfrom Living With Lindsay.

Brass chandelier to white beaded chandelierfrom Crafty Nest.

Brass chandelier to fresh aqua chandelierfrom The Tall Chick.

Brass chandelier turned pretty white crystal chandelierfrom It’s Overflowing.

Brass chandelier turned antiqued bronze chandelierfrom Trash To Treasure Decorating.

Average chandelier turned fun red chandelierfrom Focus Jennie.

Brass chandelier turned beautifully antiqued chandelierfrom In My Own Style.

Dated wood and metal chandelier turned antique wood chandelierfrom In The Fun Lane.


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    [email protected]
    April 9, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    Hi Kristi –
    Thanks for including my chandelier in your post. XO! I just gave it a good cleaning on Friday to get the glass and crystals all sparkly for Easter dining.

    Love how you added the code so that you can see the before and afters in a roll over.
    My best- Diane

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    Shannon Fox
    April 9, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    OH! Those are some GOOD ones. When I see them…. its makes me want a new one. LOL. My ceilings are all full though!

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    April 9, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    What an inspiring post! I suddenly got an idea (from two chandelier pictures!) for a “builder chandelier” I took out of my dining room….maybe it will make a new appearance into my kitchen dining area….
    So cool!

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    Carol-Anne (Use The Good Dishes!)
    April 9, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    Love this compilation of inspiring chandelier makeovers! Some of them really look like they aren’t even the same fixture!

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    Barbara @ DIY Home Staging Tips
    April 9, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    Thanks for doing our homework for us. Each one of these makeovers is unique and an inspiration for what is possible with some imagination and minimal supplies. Like you, I’m wishing I had a room that needed a new light fixture. Surely, somewhere….

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    Debbie refreshrestyle
    April 9, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    These are great, I think I’m in love with the last one 🙂

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    April 10, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    I came home with a freebie at a garage sale last summer but I used it as a chandelier for a Halloween party. Now I’ll be looking at freebie’s to jazz up for every day.


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    Angie @ Beneath the Magnolias
    April 10, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    These are such amazing makeovers! I especially love the last one that is wood. I love to go to my local Restore as well. I need to scout out some chandeliers now. 🙂

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    April 15, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    Such inspiring ways to make-over common thrift store chandeliers!

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    Peter @ Los Angeles Wall Art
    April 18, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    There are some great chandeliers here. I particularly like the ones by ‘The Tall Chick’ and ‘Trash To Treasure decorating’ and ‘Focus Jennie’. I have an ugly chandelier over the dining room table in my apartment. I’m pretty sure I can’t do these things to it but I might get an IKEA shade to cover it up.

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    November 26, 2012 at 4:33 am

    Really inspiring. I just love them. Thank you

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    Helen at Summerhouse
    March 25, 2013 at 12:07 am

    Love these chandeliers, especially the red one. As an artist heavy into upcycling this is just what I’d like to do to a garage sale find i’ve got.

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    December 31, 2013 at 9:07 am

    I love brass chandelier, the red one is definitely my favourite

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    Elizabeth Sagarminaga
    May 1, 2014 at 4:03 am

    I Love these chandeliers, especially the red one. Really inspiring. Wonderful work…I am obsessed with your website.

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    Catherine Crandall
    October 2, 2014 at 5:59 am

    Those brass chandeliers are definitely inspiring! Lighting is one of the most important factors to achieve an overall elegance and inviting ambiance. I really like the white crystal chandelier, it looks so fresh and classy. I will surely share this amazing post!