27 July 2016

Welcome to My Chandelier Makeover

Isn't this fun to see how creative minds and passion for life go together and create 

wonderful, amazing and gorgeous DIY decor for our home.

I know I am motivated and as soon as the weather cools I am heading to my garage with 

some furniture from my attic and getting creative.

Today we welcome Lisa from the Purple Hydrangea, as one of our guest DIY contributors

for the Summer Break series.

Lisa fell in love with furniture rehab, three years ago after taking a furniture workshop.

She is so passionate about her projects and is always challenging herself to find new ways

to breathe new life into furniture - "creating furniture you'll love one brush stroke at a time!"

front porch, summer, french chair

Welcome to my $5 office chandelier makeover

                              Contributor~ Lisa Taylor                                            

When I wrote my first post of 2016 I shared a little about my design style and my inspiration board for my office. So today I want to tell you all about my chandelier makeover.
  Inspiration board for my office makeover and my $5 chandelier makeover. 
So here's my builder grade light.
You can clearly see why I might be longing for something different. Personally, I think these lights should be banned around the world. They are not visually appealing and the light they provide is almost non-existent. But do you love these beams the way I do?
  Chandelier makeover 
By now you know I am crazy about French style decor. I had visions of a chandelier dripping in the french gold paint with lots of crystals. I shopped online and poked around my local thrift stores and I just couldn't find one for less than $125 which was more than I was willing to pay. I quickly realized the one I paid $5 for that has been sitting in my garage for 2 years would do just fine. The only problem is the color, silver just.won't do.
  $5 garage sale chandelier makeover 
So I did what any self-respecting DIY'er would do and searched on Pinterest for chandelier makeover ideas. I must have changed my mind at least 10 times. I thought about all white. Then I thought about gold. I asked my blogging buddies what they thought. I actually bought a can of oil rubbed bronze spray paint and a ceiling medallion to match. I thought I could "french" it up with some gold shimmer wax. For a couple of months I really thought that was the direction I was heading in but the longer I pondered this I realized I just wasn't in love. So I kept searching and waiting for the color inspiration that would shout "pick me"! Then I found this verdigris finish chandelier makeover tutorial. The search was over!!! This would give me the pop of color I was craving to stand out in front of my wall of built- ins that are very dark. You may know the word verdigris actually means the green of Greece and refers to the blue/green patina that occurs on a copper or bronze surface when exposed to the elements over time. I didn't until I researched it. I know what you are thinking..."your chandelier is silver, so how do you intend to create a verdigris finish"? I was thinking the same thing but I decided not to let this small detail defeat me. The tutorial I read used acrylic paints, a glaze, and other items I didn't have on hand. My answer to the verdigris conundrum was...milk paint. I wanted a blue/green kind of crusty finish and milk paint can be very crusty unless you sand it smooth.

So here's my version of how to create a faux verdigris finish using supplies I already had on hand.

(The following supply list contains affiliate links. This simply means I have provided you with convenient links to the products I used or similar ones I recommend. If you purchase any of these products using my links I will receive a small commission)

Here's what I used:

Spouncer brush 1 small foam brush Zinsser water based primer (white) Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint in Boxwood Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint in Kitchen Scale (this color is already on 3 pieces in my office) In order to get the crusty look, I decided to coat my chandelier first using Zinsser primer. I used a foam craft brush and it didn't take long at all. Creating a faux verdigris finish using Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint in Boxwood and Kitchen Scale. 
I knew the next layer needed to be Boxwood but as you can see in the picture it is much darker than kitchen scale. It is a beautiful green that has a strong yellow undertone. I knew this would need to be toned down so I decided to experiment. I started with 3 tablespoons of Boxwood and one tablespoon at a time I added in Kitchen Scale until I finally had a winner.
The final recipe was 3 tablespoons Boxwood to 5 tablespoons Kitchen Scale. I am calling my custom color "verdigris." It's the color on  the left.

Chandelier makeover
Next, I used this spouncer brush to gently dab my paint on.
  I used this spouncer brush to create a faux verdigris finish on my $5 garage sale chandelierChandelier makeover with a faux verdigris finish 
You can see all the bubbles, drips, and runs this technique created.
  Chandelier makeover using a faux verdigris finish   I 
have to say I was really surprised
shocked how well it turned out.
  Chandelier makeover using a faux verdigris finish
I love how you can see little peeks of white, green, and blue. I decided not to seal it or do anything else because I was really happy with how crusty it turned out. I was basking in the glory of my verdigris triumph when I realized the ceiling medallion I purchased was rubbed bronze finish and I completely forgot about the silver chain. The idea of painting a chain to match the finish just didn't seem like my idea of fun so the alternative was to make a cover!!!!!!!!! If you read my no sew drop cloth curtain post then you know already how I feel about sewing. I rummaged through my fabric stash and found what looked like may have been a sheet in a former life. So I cut my fabric and stitched it up by hand!!!! (anything to avoid getting that sewing machine out) And I painted the medallion with white primer.
  My $5 chandelier makeover is complete with a faux verdigris finish using Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint. 
 I need to give my husband a huge shout out for hanging what he is now calling "the glamdelier" in the dark, while wearing a headlamp. This post wouldn't be possible without him and I am willing to overlook his comment that he thought the "sock" (his word for cover) should have been the same fabric as my drop cloth curtains. And that I should have painted the medallion and the candle covers the same color as the glamdelier. And now you finally know why I refer to him as "my silent partner" because he is anything but silent. The funny thing is I actually agree with him. But for now, it will stay just as it is.
  I created a faux verdigris finish on my $5 garage sale chandelier. You can see more at www.thepurplehydrangea.net   Chandelier makeover using Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint
You have probably figured out by now I am not a professional photographer and trying to get blog-worthy shots was a challenge.
  My $5 chandelier makeover is complete with a new verdigris faux finish using Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint. To learn more visit me at www.thepurplehydrangea.net
I kinda love it. In fact sometimes, I just walk in the room and turn it on just so I can gaze at it. So tell me what you think...am I able to add faux finisher to my resume'? Next up, I will be shopping my house for items to style the built- ins that are the bane of my existence. But for now, I am just going to enjoy the glow of my glamdelier previously known as the chandelier makeover. 
Ciao for now Lisa     

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Jemma's home is a quiet spot nestled among the trees. You might find me writing, reading, or puttering in my Greenhouse, tweaking a recipe, crafting a wreath or loving on my grands. Always living with a grateful heart.


  1. N I C E !!!!!!!!

    The color choices for any makeover are the hardest part. I think the verdigris IS the perfect choice here and now, are you going to add crystals? Either way, it looks marvelous. Sometimes a minimalist look is the best, but some dripping sparkle wouldn't hurt either! I love this because in the fall, you can wrap some bittersweet vine or grapevine around the chandy and not get tangled up in any crystals. GREAT LOOK and I love my beams too. FABULOUS!

  2. I love your chandelier and I am so envious! I too am on the lookout for one I can makeover, except I don't have anywhere to hang it. I just want one!! I have always loved verdigris and you have captured the color perfectly. It would be a lot of work but can I suggest painting the built-ins white?!

    1. AnnMarie, I have gotten the green light to do exactly as you suggested. I can't wait to paint those built ins!

  3. Great makeover and definitely better than the light the builder put in. You did a great job on the new finish. Kudos to hubby for installing it in the dark with his headlamp!

  4. Perfect! You hit upon the perfect color choice for your space and it looks wonderful. Haha, your husband sounds like mine - always offering "helpful" advice. (But that's ok. He has good insight sometimes).

  5. Lovely makeover and your choice of color is striking. The before and after is a big difference. Those builder grade light fixtures are terrible. Kudos to your hubby for his assistance.

  6. SO creative! I love the chandelier and the desk. Great colors!

  7. Perfect choice of finishes!! Looks amazing in your room.


  8. This chandy is one of my all-time favorite light makeovers!! The versigris finish is perfection!!��

  9. That color is gorgeous. Congratulations on your wonderful transformation. Great guest post, Jemma.

  10. Gorgeous color! What a difference it creates in the room. Love it!

  11. I used that color to redo a pine cabinet. I missed it with other colors and the result was a lovely turquoise that I love and remains my favorite painted piece.

    This chanty is a huge improvement and looks fabulous! I agree those ugly builder grade lights have no place in any self respecting diy'ers home. ;).


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