Taking A Brass Chandelier From Ugly To Lovely


Only in the US have I seen the golden brass armed chandelier as a standard light fixture in almost all newer homes. (I think (or hope!) that the trend is almost gone). I am a pretty upbeat gal who likes most things but I can’t think of a more hideous chandelier. It is mass produced, yellow brassy and totally charmless! I’d rather have an unique light bulb on a pretty cord than this. (Even when we rented homes years ago, I took them down!)

And for those of you who still have one and don’t know what to do with it — I would normally have said let Salvation Army pick it up. Until… I recently saw this project and now I almost wish I had kept one of my old ones! Haha! Did I really just say that?!

Talented Victoria took this ugly duck (you can’t even see the details because of all that glaring brass):

And turned it into this — with the help of some primer (I suspect) and matte purple paint. I have seen makeovers like this before with white and black and even red paint but purple is a first for me. Didn’t it turn out great! It cost her only $10, people! And now all the details really pop.

I will forgive you for keeping your mass produced brass chandelier only if you turn it into something more unique!

Warm hugs to you all.


Images via Design Sponge.
Written by Splendid Willow in: Before & After |


  • Oh the power of paint… that looks fabulous, the purple is gorgeous in that setting! Love the transformation!

    Meera xx

  • tinajo says:

    Most definately turned prettier! :-)

    Have a great day! :-)

  • kiki alvord says:

    You Crack me UP!!!Gud, vad jag skrattade eftersom jag har precis samma uppfattning som du!! Måste vara ngt svenskt!!!Haha!
    Kul ide’,men undrar bara hur bra färgen sitter???

  • Greet says:

    That is why never should throw things away my friend! Fantastic idea to paint the chandelier!!
    I wish you a wonderful week!!

  • Charlotta says:

    Hej – som du vet har jag en liten ‘break’ men jag tittar naturligtvis in hos dig. xx

    Jag haller helt med dig ang massing. Jag har faktiskt svart for massing i det stora hela. Har minnen av hemska kreationer fran min barndom..
    Alskar reinkarnations projekt och detta blev ju jatte fint. Toppen ide. Undrar vad de anvande for att fa fargen att sitta. Sarskilt runt roten av sjalva lamporna dar det kan bli varmt.

    Stor kram till dig och hoppas att forkylningen borjar falna.

    Puss hej!

  • Lisaroy says:

    I’ve ditched about 4 of these over the years! I want them all back!

  • sherry says:

    Way to recycle! It looks great dressed in purple…..

  • Tina says:

    Great transformation! To be honest I´m not a big fan of purple but I like it a lot more colored than the original golden look:)!
    Önskar dig en härlig ny vecka!

  • LiveLikeYou says:

    So funny I’ve hated these so much forever. Then I saw the white spray paint makeover in an old Domino magazine and wished I had not made so many client trash theirs. Looks great in purple. I still do hate them in brass though….

  • Carole says:

    Mon, not sure if you got my comment. Delete this one if you did.
    Doesn’t it look great in purple? I’m a dab hand with the paintbrush myself but have never tackled a chandelier – yet.
    Hope you’re well my lovely.

  • Michelle says:

    darn- I threw ours away!!! it’s time to visit the resale shop to see if I can find one. I’m redecorating the girls’ room and this would be lovely!

  • Bianca says:

    Wow! I can’t believe you posted this… I have this ugly duckling STILL hanging in my living room, after moving in a year ago (I know!!!!). This was my wake up call this morning, I will go to the paint store TODAY! :-)

  • designchic says:

    Amazing transformation!!

  • Franki Parde says:

    In VA they call this “colonial.” Just saw a “two story” chandelier at “ReStore” for $30! and wondered how to take it from brass to class…voila’ franki

  • Sparky says:

    The style of this ubiquitous brass chandelier is emulating Dutch “candle-liers” seen in some of the old masters paintings. See Vermeer’s painting…”The Painter (Vermeer’s Self-Portrait) and His Model as Klio”, for example.

    There was a different style brass chandelier in my current house when I moved in and I took it down and spray painted it satin black and sold it on consignment!!!

  • Ingrid says:

    A great idea…brass is really not pretty…

    Nice post!

    Hugs to U2,

    Ingrid :)

  • Great idea…and I agree these are the ugliest…really yuck! Hope you’re day will be fantastico!

  • Delishhh says:

    Monika – you are too funny! Love this post!

  • michele says:

    oh how i loves me some paint. awesome transformation. i have painted plenty of chandeliers and sconces with great results! bravo.


  • Leigha says:

    Suddenly I am pining for a mass produced brass chandelier…(to modify of course!).


  • I think I would feel happy everytime I saw that purple chandelier!

  • Michaela says:

    Wow it’s beautiful! And purple is my favorite (: LOVE.

    Can’t wait to meet you on Saturday!

  • happy new week to you hun. i am so with you abt these ugly ugly light fixtures but my god victoria is a genius! she turned this into a thing to covet! great job.

  • wow, the transformation is stunning! Wonderful idea! Huge hugs to you, Mon

  • Oh! I absolutely love this! How beautiful! Thanks for sharing it sweetie!

    I hope you’re having a fabulous week! We’re having something that looks like a storm today. Yucky!

    A big Hug and Kiss! Reese

  • quintessence says:

    What a fabulous idea – I’ve never liked those shiny brass chandeliers that you see in every builder’s home – such a ubiquitous eye sore. This version is much more appealing.

  • Style Attic says:

    Hi Mon!

    I am sorry I haven’t been by in a while. It’s not because I haven’t thought of you :) This is so great. I had several of those fixtures when we moved in this home. I took them down right away and sent them away. Now I wish I hadn’t been so hasty and I could have a few projects on my hands now!! I need to look back at some posts, how is your sons room coming? I love everything you do!! XO, Kelly

  • I actually love brass but it has to be good warm brass and those yellow numbers, definitely not an example of the good in this metal. What a fabulous transformation- I would never have thought of purple but it looks amazing-a big high five to Victoria!!

  • Love the idea. Very creative. I hate brass chandeliers too!

  • You’re right: it’s the color that makes it, instead of just the typical black or white. How stylish it looks now! And thanks for your sweet comment on my blog the other day! xo

  • Love the color! I can’t believe it’s the same chandelier. I need to start doing these fun makeovers too!

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