A Rustic Beach House Chandelier Makeover

 I have been busy working on a few projects in our dining room and today I want to share one of those projects with you.  I gave our traditional chandelier a little beach-house inspired makeover and I think it turned out pretty darn cute.

I've never really loved this chandelier that's hanging in our dining room.  I've always felt that it was too traditional for my taste. This is how the chandelier looked when we first bought our home back in 2013.

So right away I gave the chandelier a quick makeover.  I replaced all of the dark shades with some simple glass ones.  I also added some crystals to it to give it a little added sparkle. These simple changes were enough to make it some-what more my style and I've been okay living with it these past few years.
 I always figured eventually I'd just replace the chandelier with something more my style.  I've had my eye on a pretty wood bead one for quite awhile, but I'm really not one to just go out and buy something new. Instead, I try to use what I have and make it better. 

So that's where a few bottles of craft paint come in handy.
I bought both of these at Hobby Lobby. The blue is called, North Sea by Delta Creative, and the metallic is called, Tin Roof Rust by Anita's.

Using a sponge brush I first dabbed on the blue paint.  I was going for a rustic look here so I left some of the metal still showing.  Next, I took the rust paint and dabbed it on here and there to give it an aged look.

I even painted the plastic light bulb socket-pipe looking thingys ( I clearly don't know what to call them).  I painted them with a little extra of the rust color and I think you can't even tell they were a white plastic before. 

I picked up some pretty clear teardrop shaped light bulbs at the grocery store and chose to use them alone without a shade over them.

So what do you think? I think it turned out just as I had envisioned it to look.
And then just for fun, I added some of my long seashell necklaces to the chandelier. I think the seashells add a fun beach-house look which is more my style then what was hanging before.

So if you happen to have a traditional chandelier somewhat similar to mine, and are wanting to give it a simple makeover, then I hope that I have inspired you to do so today. Please let me know if you have any questions.

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