I’m Laura, owner of Appleberry Cottage. I love to share my primitive stitchery, primitive punch needle, hand crafted folk art, and heirloom crocheted baby afghans with you.
When I'm not crafting, I'm mom to 4 kids: Andrew, Matt, Rachel (17 yrs old), and James (12 yrs old).
For the past 11 years, I haven't like the fan in our dining room. It was here when we moved to this house 11 yrs ago, but just didn't know what to put in it's place. I didn't like any of the newer fans, as the light kits didn't offer enough light for the room. So, the old fan sat there until this weekend. (we couldn't put together the brass chandelier we got previously that my son took apart, so had to start looking again)
I found this black Williamsburg fixture at Lowes. It has 6 arms that hold 60 watt bulbs. The price was right $79 - perfect. My son, Matt, and I put it up last evening. The hardest part of the job was removing part of the chain, as the chain was really thick. I put a hook in the ceiling so that it swags, and it centered over the table. (the fan wasn't centered over the table, which really drove me crazy) I liked the chandelier once it was installed, but something still seemed off. It was the black candle sleeves/covers. It had black metal ones. Not the white/off white, or dripped type of candle.
I went to another store, but they didn't have any short plastic candle sleeves, only the taller ones. I did see some places to order some online, but then I had an idea ~ spray paint.
I took the black metal sleeves and primed them with spray paint that I already had. I did have to nail a large nail into a board so that the sleeve would stand up for painting. I then used some white satin spray paint, and this is how it looks:
I now have a primitive chandelier with white candles. It just needs some pip berry candle rings for a finishing touch. It now looks like a chandelier I saw for over $200 !