The Glitter Chandelier - Part 1!

We bought this old chandelier at the Linden Hills garage sale last year. It's been sitting in the basement for 8 months, and I decided it was finally time to get it hung. I forgot to take a "before" picture - but it was really ugly. The metal was in rough shape and all the wiring was worn through, but for $15 I thought it was a steal. I thought long and hard about how I wanted to refinish this light - I thought about painting or faux finishing, then it hit me -cover the entire chandelier in glitter - Genius!

Step 1: Disassemble the chandelier and rewire it This clearly shows the disassemble part. The rewiring wasn't as hard as I thought it would be. We had to go as far as replacing every socket, but we got it all back together. (I wish I had a picture of Will and I using our headlamps to see where the tiny little sockets screws went . . .)
Step 2: Practice glitter coating and test the color
I used the ceiling cap as a test - and as you can see - my coating method worked! I used a 3M industrial spray adhesive to coat the entire surface, then I coated it in Martha Stewart glitter(it's really sparkly!). After the adhesive was allowed to "dry" I then gave the surface 3 coats of clear coat acryllic spray to set the glitter and prevent any glitter "dust off" from happening once it was hung. I was pretty happy with the results. Unfortunately the color was just not right - it just kept screaming Jasmine from Disney's Aladin. So, I started the process all over again - this time using a different color - any guesses?


Anonymous said…
I'm gonna say pink.