Giant Brass Chandelier

You know how when a room just won’t come together and then suddenly all the pieces fall into place? I’ve been having a bit of a hard time with our dining room – the space is so awkward (see more here). But today was full of some really big wins. I found a dining table…

You know how when a room just won’t come together and then suddenly all the pieces fall into place? I’ve been having a bit of a hard time with our dining room – the space is so awkward (see more here). But today was full of some really big wins. I found a dining table and this GIANT brass chandelier for almost nothing.

It’s hard to tell here, but it’s really huge, the same size as the new table – about 60″ wide! I’m going to paint it (probably pale blue), change up the chain and use round bulbs. I was searching around the web for a similar look for inspiration and look what I found from Decor Demon. It looks like the exact same chandelier, painted with round bulbs!

We had some freak snowy weather yesterday, but this weekend looks like it’ll be warm enough to spray paint (probably the last chance for the next few months). I’m really hoping I can get this chandelier done so I can get going on the rest of my new ideas for the room. Tonight I chose new art, a pair of mirrors and a china cabinet color. I’m so glad things are finally starting to come together. The dining room is the first space guests see when they walk into our house, so I want it to be really pretty. Getting rid of that weird hanging lampshade will be a good start.


Oh, one more quick thing. Do you have any tips for hanging really heavy lights? The chandelier weighs a TON!
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41 thoughts on “Giant Brass Chandelier

  1. The chandelier will add so much. Can't wait to see the table too. For the weight I think you need to install a bigger/stronger electrical box above the drywall.

  2. In the UK a heavy light fitting would have an attachment to an upper floor joist/beam through the ceiling. Your current home looks to be a similar age to mine and we have large chandeliers.
    I ve never tried to paint shiney metal so will be vry interested in the process

  3. Great repurpose of a huge light! I know it's hard to find a big enough one sometimes! Love those round bulbs. I think if you attach it to the properly mounted electric box on a stud it should be fine..but better consult an electrician! Have a great weekend.
    xo Nancy

  4. We just removed a giant brass chandelier from our entry way and replaced it with a northeastern lantern. We are moving the chandleir to our office space, but I want to paint it first…looking forward to seeing how you do yours, ours is also very heavy…make sure you do step by step on how you refinish it! I will be following!

  5. I did just spar paint some brass pulls, we steel wool to remove some of the shine, it did leave small scratches, but they are invisible after painted. We also used some liquid deglosser which I think really helped the primer stick well.
    Best of luck!

  6. Ahhhhh! First off, what a great find and secondly, I painted the existing brass chandelier in my place a matte black when I moved in. It's perhaps my only DIY job, although I think putting together IKEA furniture should count. ;) Anyway, I never thought about the round bulb thing. I am so doing that! Thank you!!!

  7. ask an electrician to install a box intended to hold more weight-i think the box is supposed to attach to a stud or joist! good luck!

  8. Ok, normally I'm a fan of everything you do but I'm not a fan of your idea for pale blue on the chandy (which I love). Don't you think it'll make it look a little country? Plus, I like the traditional shape of the bulbs. The round ones are a little weird for me. I know if anyone can prove me wrong it'll be you. Can't wait to see how you incorporate it in the room. Mandi at has one similar in her entry way painted a bold plum color. Check it out.

  9. Oh gosh! The chandelier is going to be gorgeous! Frankly, when I have had something that heavy to hang, I call in my electricians. They usually go up in the attic and nail a couple of boards between the studs for a good sturdy suspension point.

  10. I have a 6' round one in my basement (now that is a sign of a hoarder) that I was given 3 years ago by a local hotel that was renovating. I need taller ceilings! Can't wait to see your finished project!

  11. And this is why you're an interior designer! I look at that brassy gold chandelier and think "meh", but you see all the potential – and your ideas sound amazing! Can't wait to see the end result!

  12. Why would you paint that chandelier? Its a look that has seen its day and is starting to look really cheap, IMHO.
    I thought brass was on its way back? Keep the brass.

  13. ZoeB is right. You need to install a brace in place of the existing box that currently supports the famous hanging lamp shade. These are called "Safe-T-Braces" and are typically used in ceiling fan installations, and aren't tough to do at all even in old construction. They run about $15 and are at home depot etc.

    Here's a link to installation instructions on a typical brace.

    I would hire a pro only if you're planning on a) sleeping under the new fixture or b) having parties where friends swing on the fixture or c) plan on moving the location of the light. Otherwise, save the $$! Be brave! I'm a SWF 30-something homeowner and I installed the braces successfully myself in 2 places where an old fixture previously existed. BTW, I think the braces are rated for like a 50 pound ceiling fan.

    Good luck and cant wait to see more!

  14. I saw this post just before I headed out to hit the local thrift stores and picked up a great chandelier to paint! I blogged about it and linked back to your post. Thanks for the idea!

  15. I actually DO love when that happens!!! It's one of the best parts of a project, and often the most beautiful results are the unexpected ones:) Good score, I can't wait to see the rest of your room. I'm sure it will be stunning.


  16. Yes, your current light fixture is not quite the looker! I've seen that same image from Decor Demon before, and it's amazing, from the chandelier to the giant letter F, to the photo wall mural. Can't wait to see how your dining room turns out. Isn't it great when things come together finally?!

  17. The best tip I have for hanging a heavy chandelier is to hire a professional. If you hang it improperly and it falls it could damage the fixture, your ceiling, your table and possibly someone sitting near it.

  18. YES!!! I already have #12 in my living room (but the armcahir version) with matching grey sofas and red velvet tufted chairs.
    Just makes me feel like I'm finally soaking in some style sense from my years of reading LGN! :)Everyone comments on that chair when they visit.
    I'm so proud of myself right now ;)

  19. I just stumbled across your blog and saw this post which beyond excited me. I am in love with chandeliers and I must say I never thought of painting any (not that I have any to paint…woe is me…). Anyways, pale blue sounds nice though I think a light turquoise would be gorgeous as well.

  20. You'll probably need a 1-gang ceiling box with a metal T-grid hanger bar for support. The T attaches between and inside two joists (you may need to take out plaster/ drywall for this install). Most versions hold fixtures up to 50lbs.

    Can't wait to see it all, I'm super curious to see if you tackled making the dining room table.

  21. I'm usually a diy gal but I'd hire a pro for this job. I say this b/c in the Columbus OH temple their chandelier fell and shattered everywhere b/c it was so heavy. It had hung there for 14 years before falling, but still. Heavy lights can cause problems even if hung by a pro., so I'd just hire an electrician on this one.

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