Updating a house. It can be so expensive. Having done a teeny bit of work on this home, I see how quickly budgets can be blown. We almost always got 3 or 4 quotes for every job. And almost all of them came in at least 20% higher than we estimated for; some were as much as double. And I wasn't just ballparking. I was figuring materials and labor and demo and all of that other jazz (blame years of estimating for construction projects). And there are most certainly some projects that Ben and I couldn't do ourselves. (I'm looking at you, new hardwood floors). We didn't even take on the task of painting the interior.....because it was every single interior wall. Imagine doing that with two kids running around. NO. THANK. YOU.
But we were able to get a couple (and I mean a couple) of things done ourselves. One that I am most proud of is getting the foyer chandelier repainted. It was big and laquered brass (and I'm sure quite appropriate 30 years ago). So how exactly do you go about repainting a chandelier....
Find a fixture you want to paint (or repurpose). This was in our foyer. I like the shape and size, but the color (and moreso, the shinyness) just were not working.
Remove the lightbulbs and tape over the electrical part. I also taped over the candlestick part. I had looked at a lot of online guides and some people don't do this. I personally didn't love the look of the fixture being all the same color. I like the contrast provided by the "candlesticks" being white-ish.
This is the paint I used in Oil Rubbed Bronze. It has pretty good reviews and I did not find it difficult to apply. My one piece of advice would be to stay at least six inches away from whatever you are painting and keep the can moving. You can always apply more, but drip marks are not pretty. We ended up using two cans of paint on this fixture.
You hear a lot of people do a project like this and then decide they have a million things they want to spray paint. I'm not there, but I definitely won't let a "little" project like this scare me. It was cheaper and greener than buying new and I'm totally pleased with the finished product.