Ideas for a Chandelier Makeover?

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Q: We just bought our first home and with it came this "beautiful" chandelier (larger photo below). It doesn't go with our aesthetic at all and I would love to refinish it rather than buying a new one. I'm a big DIY-er, but I feel stumped on this one, mostly because I want to choose materials that are resilient to heat and aren't flammable.

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I'm wondering if anyone on Apartment Therapy would have good suggestions on what to do, materials to use, etc. I definitely want to get rid of the candle flame lights (easy enough), but I'd also like to do something else with the crown-like bases. It also needs to be shortened, right now it is clipped up with a small black carabiner, which I don't know how to do electrically.

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Janel Laban is the Executive Editor of Apartment Therapy and has been working here, at the dreamiest of dream jobs, since March 2006.