Updating crystal lamps
Avoid neon bright colors and brass-colored spray paint; these shades tend to look old-fashioned and are difficult to blend with other furnishings.If you don't want to paint the chain or hardware, mask those areas before painting.Lamps are so expensive now, so reinventing an old lamp with a new look saves a lot of money.Personally, I think lamps are so over priced to begin with.Unscrew and remove the bulbs from the light fixture.Place plastic sheeting on a flat surface outdoors and lay the chandelier on the plastic.I turned on the base light and it added to the decoupage effect.Decoupage glue can be purchased at any craft store.
This lamp also had a small light in the base that you could turn on or not, separate from the main light.It sure saved a bundle I would have spent for a new lamp where you now have to buy the shades separately now.For those who may not know what decoupage is, here is some helpful information.I've checked the home improvement stores and looked online and haven't seen anything. I don't see how, but my Thrifty Fun friends have came up with other solutions that I'd have never thought of. Worth, Perhaps you could cover (wrap around) the chain with things such as garland, ribbons, bows, flowers, etc. You could even do seasonal themes like Christmas, Valentines Day, etc. I bought some wrapping paper with a neutral background that had sparkles. This lamp sits on a marble coffee type table in front of a bow window, so a taller type shade is needed. The best part is that I still have an old gold one as well as the updated one, in case I want to change things around. If it's from the 70s, then it's plumb worn out. I see this type of lamp at the thrift stores sometimes, and I love the light in the base, but never the color of the glass.I tore the paper into small pieces and used Plaid Decoupage Glue in glossy finish. It's hard trying to find a shade that's reasonable. Next time I come across a pair cheap enough, I might just give your idea a try.