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A Bright Idea: Drum Shade Chandelier DIY

Drum shade chandeliers are everywhere! Time to update this glass/brass disaster hanging above our kitchen table.

Old glass/brass chandelier pre-update.

Old glass/brass chandelier pre-update.

Mr. Restyle helped on this one because I know absolutely nothing about electrical safety! I forgot to take a before pic of the drum shade we picked up at the thrift store for $3. Make sure you choose one that is wide enough so that there is ample room between the bulbs and the shade. This helps ensure no risk of overheating the shade and causing fire. He shut off the electricity, removed the chandelier and then removed the glass. Glass is all one piece and easy to unscrew.

Time for paint. I chose Rustoleum Metallics in Flat Chestnut. This chandelier would be moving into our family room, which has a lot of browns and creams. This makeover would look absolutely beautiful if you used a chrome or silver spray paint with a white drum shade. Maybe attach some crystals to it. Stunning!

Rust-o-leum Metallics in Flat Chestnut. Paint and primer in one.

Rust-o-leum Metallics in Flat Chestnut. Paint and primer in one.

Before you paint, use some some steel wool all along the brass to rough it up a bit. I forgot to do this part! Ugh! No need to prime, just spray on several light coats making sure to cover the electrical sockets with tape/newspaper after you remove the bulbs.

Once dry, assemble the drum shade over the chandelier and put it all back up.

After

After

Another angle.

Another angle.

All lit up, with one malfunctioning bulb. LOL

All lit up.

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All lit up except for 1 bulb! LOL

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Just a Doorknob

I’m in the ongoing (never-ending) process of restyling my entire house. One of the things I wanted to change was the ugly, 1990s shiny brass doorknobs. I had considered buying all new ones but with something like 17 doors in my house, I knew there was a cheaper way. I mean, have you looked at the price of a doorknob lately? Outrageous!

Shiny brass doorknob that had to go.

Shiny brass doorknob that had to go.

Enter Rustoleum Metallics Spray Paint. This stuff is awesome. There is no need to prime the surface prior to application. All you do is take some fine steel wool and rub the surface.

Rustoleum Metallic spray paint in Satin Nickel.

Rustoleum Metallic spray paint in Satin Nickel.

I chose the satin nickel finish but this stuff comes in several different colours (steel, silver, bronze, copper). Remove the doorknobs from the doors first and spray them outside. 2 to 3 light coats should be sufficient.

When you’re done-new doorknobs and an updated look!

Updated doorknob.

Updated doorknob.

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