DIY: Spraypainting with a Purpose

How to Redo an 80s Brass Chandelier

with Rose Szabo

When Ira, the new marketing coordinator for my local Habitat for Humanity ReStore asked me if I wanted to write a DIY tutorial, I was deeply flattered but not sure what I’d write about. “Maybe just let me come by the store and see what you have,” I said. And when I got there, I discovered that what they had were lots and lots of chandeliers.
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The ReStore is about to receive a large donation of new pendant lighting, and they were looking to unload some of their older, more traditional brass chandeliers. You know the kind–five to eight arms, a bulbous ball on the bottom, faux candles, that whole thing. If you want one, now’s the time to get one at the ReStore–the prices are reasonable, and Ira and I figured out a great way to kick one up a notch–remaindered spray paint, also available at the ReStore (although we had to hunt around a bit to find a nozzle for the spray paint). Here’s what we did:

Step 1: take off all the fixtures that you don’t want to paint.

Step 2: tape over anything you can’t take off, especially the inner workings/wiring.

Step 3: Go nuts with your spray paint! You’ll want to spray in thin, even coats. We had a combination paint/primer, but if your paint doesn’t come with primer, be sure to prime first.

Step 4: Wait in between coats for your hardware to dry. If you want, it can be really cool to use two colors–just be sure to tape off when switching colors!

While we were painting, a ReStore employee came looking for the spraying sound he heard, concerned that he was about to catch two graffiti vandals. He said he was relieved we were “spraypainting with purpose.”

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