It’s amazing what a coat of paint can do. Whether it’s an entire room or piece of furniture, it can change the feel of a place. My parent’s live in an older home, Tudor style, also known as Medieval Revival, with its steep pitched roof, leaded-glass windows and half-timbering detail. Unfortunately, brassy light fixtures in the front hall and front living room make the room age. The actual style fits well with the house, but the colour? It brings the room down.
A Google search had people talking easily taking down the lights. I’m going to assume their lights were put up in the last decade or two, as ours have clearly been there for much much longer. One light, we would’ve had to pry down, damaging the ceiling. The other lights where we could see the wires, showed we would’ve had to cut and rewire to reattach. And getting an electrician around here can be near impossible. So we scrapped that idea.
Second plan of attack.
Spray painting chandeliers and pendant lights up on the ceiling.
The biggest concern was making sure it didn’t get everywhere. So like when you spray paint on the ground to keep the paint contained, I made a ‘spray paint booth’ on the ceiling.
But first I started by turning off the light and putting tape on the light switch.
Then I took out the lightbulb, as well as the glass panes to be washed. It’s amazing what a good clean can do!
I took some painter’s tape to cover the lightbulb socket, before giving the light fixture a gentle wipe down with sugar soap to remove any grime.
Next I lightly sanded the metal so the spray paint would adhere to the surface.
Next step was to create the paint booth. Painter’s tape and cheap rolls of paper come in handy here. Especially if your chandelier or pendant light is long, as you’ll be able to run the paper as long as you need, rather than taping together newspaper.
Tearing tiny strips of the tape, I neatly covered the area surrounding where the fixture attaches to the ceiling so no paint would sneak through. From there sections of paper were taped, then one strip of paper was taped in a curve. Up on the ladder, I taped the edges to the ladder to bring the booth in to minimise the chance of the paint spraying out. Make sure you tape the paper far enough away though so it doesn’t have a chance to bump the chandelier/ pendant light.
And before you start, make sure you have another sheet of paper (or plastic) on the ground in case you have drips!
And with that, you spray! Once you have finished, leave it to dry. If you’re in winter like me, I left it overnight. I decided to tear down the ‘booth walls’ straight away to get any paint (and its smells) out of the house. Make sure you open doors and windows, as the smell will knock you sideways. I left everything shut when I was painting so no breeze would cause problems (the front door is right there in front of it), but got everything open with a fan going to get the smell moving out.
Once it was dry, I removed the extra tape and paper, replaced the washed glass panels and reinserted the light bulb.