Goodbye Brass, Hello Wooden Chandelier

July 26, 2016

When we moved into our fixer upper this past January we primed the dining room walls but left everything else just as it was. This wasn’t a huge deal because we had sold our dining room table and didn’t have anything to put into the room anyways. After a few months I got my design plan down and Josh built me a table for the space. I even purchased a new chandelier. I fell in love with a wooden one from World Market. There was still a part of my that felt like I was giving up too early on the old brass one. There wasn’t even a small part of me that wanted to keep it as it was but I thought if I could by some chance make it look even close to wood, I might just like it in the space.

I searched Pinterest looking for ideas. I found several tutorials for painted chandeliers but nothing for faux wood chandeliers. I then remembered that I could use chalk paint and an antique glaze just as I did the old desk/TV console that I did a couple months before inspired by Bless’er House. You can find my console makeover here. I wasn’t so sure if it would turn out the same on brass but I thought it was worth a shot!

Here’s the chandelier before –


Faux Wooden Chandelier How-To

First, clean your light fixture and let it completely dry.

I did two thin coats of Everlasting chalk paint and let that dry. Everlasting is a grayish, white color paint. You could certainly use a light beige as well.

Faux Wooden Chandelier How-To

The last step is to brush on a coat of antique glaze. I used a 1″ chip brush that for this part. You want to use a dry brush technique. Too much glaze will just give it more of a solid brown color. You want very little glaze so that the brush leaves brush stokes and creates the illusion of wood grain. Slowly work your way around the light fixture until it’s complete. Let is dry over night and you’re done!

Faux Wooden Chandelier How-To

Faux Wooden Chandelier How-To

As a simple and FREE fix to those worn out candle stick covers, I just flipped them upside down so that the blackened edge was hidden.

Faux Wooden Chandelier How-To

Faux Wooden Chandelier How-To

Faux Wooden Chandelier How-To

Faux Wooden Chandelier How-To

I made a cord cover from some linen fabric and it was finished. I honestly can say I don’t just like it but I love it, so much that I returned the chandelier that I had bought. Most people who come into our home do not realize that it’s the same light fixture. I would say that it’s a win! I’ve always been a big advocator of paint. I think that you really can transform and give things new life with just a fresh coat of paint.

You can see our entire dining room makeover here.


Have a great week friends!




  • Reply Julie July 26, 2016 at 3:13 pm

    This turned out amazing!! Thanks so much for sharing with us and of course I had to share it with others on FB.

    • Reply Amanda July 26, 2016 at 4:14 pm

      Thank you so much Julie! I’m happy to share. Have a great week šŸ™‚

  • Reply Andrea July 26, 2016 at 4:01 pm

    Did you leave it hanging while you painted? I’m assuming you applied the same technique to the ceiling plate? I am so doing this! Love it. Thank you for sharing!!

    • Reply Amanda July 26, 2016 at 4:13 pm

      You are so welcome Andrea šŸ™‚ I did leave it hanging while I painted it. I also did the ceiling plate the exact same way. I completely forgot to mention that in the post. I’m so happy you like it!

  • Reply Ardith July 28, 2016 at 4:45 pm

    WOW!!!!! What a glorious makeover. It’s brilliant, Amanda. I officially have faux-wooden chandelier envy. Cheers, Ardith

    • Reply Amanda August 1, 2016 at 2:57 pm

      Thank you Ardith! Have a great week šŸ™‚

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