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Antique Gold Frosted Crystal Light Fixture Makeover

I can never leave well enough alone. That’s the gist of this post.

Remember the other day when I couldn’t leave our white plastic mirrors alone? And I prettyfied them with Rub ‘n Buff? I couldn’t help it with this one. I really couldn’t. Because now I must Rub ‘n Buff all the things!

And this time, the victim was our new light fixture for our foyer. Yes, new. Who buys a new light fixture and then paints it? This girl, apparently.

The last time I showed y’all a glimpse of our freshly painted foyer, it was rockin’ this old chandelier.

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It’s so beautiful but I just wasn’t feeling it for our style. I blame the dainty porcelain floral tea set feel it had to it, but there was no WAY I was going to do any sort of DIY makeover to it. That’s blasphemy to antique lovers everywhere. So that beauty is getting sold to someone else who will appreciate it more.

I had no idea what I wanted to replace it with, until I spotted this antique gold frosted crystal chandelier recently at Pottery Barn and instantly knew I wanted a semi-flush mount version just like it… only for maybe $250 less.

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So I found this cheaper black and glass version for about $100 on Amazon, and as soon as it arrived, I busted out the painting supplies.

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This is what the fixture looked like before. I really could have hung it up with the black and clear crystal and it would have still been gorgeous, but the idea of antique gold was too fun to pass up.

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I used the same tube of Rub ‘n Buff I had leftover from our mirrors I painted because a little goes a long way with this stuff.

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It took me all of 10 minutes to rub it all over the black metal using just my fingertips.

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And for any of the small, hard to reach details, I used an artist brush.

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Since I wanted to antique the crystals, I laid them all out on a plastic drop cloth in our garage. I would never do this to expensive crystals, but since these are technically just inexpensive glass, I didn’t feel so bad about frosting them.

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Krylon makes this beautiful sea glass spray I’d been dying to try (I was really tempted to use the aquamarine green color but decided on the more neutral gray). Just spritz on a coat (on the crystals I sprayed both sides) and glass is aged with this gorgeous sea glass effect. I want to try it out on some random jars and bottles sometime too.

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Once everything was dry, we hung it right up. Doesn’t it look so high-end?! The paint cost maybe an extra $10-15? I ended up finding this light almost exactly like it for $240. Mine cost me $120 total. 50% off isn’t too shabby, huh?

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So now the foyer is coming right along. It’s still not entirely finished on the staircase, and I might end up painting the pulls on the marble top chest so we don’t have so many mixed metals going on.

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Considering, I went into this space without a plan at all, I’m pretty amazed. This is how it used to look, just for comparison’s sake…

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See what I mean?! Wowza!

It’s even prettier at night when we have this fixture turned on and the crystals make the light dance all over the walls and ceiling.

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 Have you had any light fixture makeovers lately at your house? Or painted something brand new? Am I the only crazy one here?

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48 Comments

  1. I adore that original fixture and would have keep it as it. I have to say I’m just not on that gold band wagon – just seems like a back to the 80’s thing. It’s creative what you did and I’m glad you got what you wanted for a cheaper cost than the going prices out there. The foyer looks lovely.

  2. Wow, Lauren that’s an elegant light! I would’ve been nervous doing this but it gives me ideas, thank you! and especially since you still have great light from it being frosted! Now, I’m looking at my lights a lot differently.

  3. So honestly Lauren, I was thinking are you crazy? I thought it was going to look really old fashioned but not in a good way, more of an outdated way, Oh me of little faith! It turned out so amazing and I really think what added to it is the Krylon sea glass! Spraying that over those glass crystals just was magic! You did it again! You are transforming your home so beautifully, and you inspire so much I just have to shake my head in glee!

  4. Lauren, your enthusiasm inspires me to “get my craft on”! I like the silver of your dresser handles. It plays off the crystals and actually defines each piece in their own special way.

    1. Thanks, Mary! I might leave them. Still on the fence. But with all of the other projects going on around here, the handles are at the bottom of my list. 😉

  5. Holy Moly, I have to go get me some Rub n Buff! Beautiful and soooo would have never thought to do that. It always seems like so much work but you make it seem so easy! Love it!

    1. It’s addictive! So much fun and has a much more realistic gold/brass look than regular spray paint. This one really was quick. An hour tops and it was done.

  6. WOW! You never second-guessed yourself and jumped right in!! I’m tearing that page right outta your book!!! LOL xoxo : )

  7. Love that spray painted glass! It has such a pretty and unexpected effect! Just curious though – does it affect the amount or the quality of light that you get from the fixture? Sometimes the best part about crystal light fixtures is the light that dances around the room when it’s on. Just wondering how this affects it at all.

  8. The light looks gorgeous! Could you please tell me what color you used on on the top half of the walls in your dining room? I just love the contrast! Thanks:)

  9. Wow. Love the new look!
    Love following you on your journey as you make this house your home.

  10. Oh wow, I am loving the transformation in this space! The new fixture is such a beautiful statement piece with its new diy treatment! I’ve been wanting to do something similar in our entryway (we currently have one of those $80 home depot ultra boring chandeliers, woot), so I’m bookmarking this!

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