New England style decorating. Painting a brass chandelier black to look like wrought iron

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When we first bought our home, a brass chandelier was left hanging in a room that was previously the dining room.

Attractive as is was, the chandelier was not the style I had in mind for our new home, but I knew right away that I could make it work. With a little Yankee ingenuity, I modified the chandelier with a simple spray can of black primer.

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Once the brass chandelier was removed from the ceiling, I slipped off the plastic sleeves, that cover the wiring, then wrapped the exposed wires with foil so that paint would not get into the bulb sockets or on the wiring.

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After making sure the brass chandelier was clean and free from any dust, I proceeded to paint the chandelier with a thin coat of flat black primer. Once dry, I gave it a second coat making sure I did not miss any of the brass.

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Here it is, waiting for the electrician to install it. In most cases, I would have installed it myself, but once I took down a flush ceiling fixture, I saw more old wires than I expected and I decided to let an expert handle it.

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It finally made its debut at our Halloween Party and I love how it looks! In the video, you will also see how I painted the brass shades that were originally on the brass chandelier.

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