Ideas for a Chandelier Makeover?

Ideas for a Chandelier Makeover?

Janel Laban
Aug 16, 2010

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.

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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