Want to see a magic trick? Right before your eyes I’m going to turn this ugly brass chandy into a beautifully patined driftwood chandelier.
After months of hunting for a cheap brass chandelier, my persistence finally paid off when I visited my local Goodwill.
After I removed all of the wiring, I sprayed everything with Bulls Eye 1-2-3 primer. I allowed the primer to dry for 24 hours before I began painting it.
I decided to go with Old-Fashioned Milk Paint in Driftwood to achieve the “wood” look I was going for. You will want to mix some Extra Bond to your milk paint anytime you’re painting something other than wood. This will ensure adhesion to what you’re painting.
After mixing one part water to one part milk paint along with the Extra Bond I was ready to start painting. Looking good!
Be still my heart, this was the perfect shade of brown for my chandy remix. I cannot wait to try it on some furniture I have lying around.
Make sure you use enough of the Extra Bond when you’re using milk paint. When painting wood, this isn’t a problem but for anything other than wood use equal parts Extra Bond. I didn’t add enough to my mixture so I had a couple places that ended up cracking.
After adding more Extra Bond to my paint, I went back over the places that cracked. The “imperfections” don’t bother me, they just add a little character to my chandy!
Wanting to add a little sparkle to my creation, I first sprayed the candle holders with Valspar Metallic and on top of that I sprayed them with Rust-Oleum Gold Glitter. Perfection!
Presto Chango! There you have it, how to change brass to wood. The Driftwood milk paint looks spectacular, it has an almost patined wood look. And the sparkly candle holders adds just the right amount of glam to this $5.00 Goodwill find.
I was only able to find 4 flameless candles at my local dollar store so I am still on the hunt for a few more but I may just add a few real ones for a more authentic look.
I am so eager to decorate around this beauty that is now hanging in my sunroom. Have you ever re-vamped an old chandy? Let me know in the comments below.