My $5 Office Chandelier Makeover

Welcome to my $5 office chandelier makeover.

When I wrote my first post of 2016 I shared a little about my design style and my inspiration board for my office. So today I want to tell you all about my chandelier makeover.

Inspiration board for my office makeover and my $5 chandelier makeover.


So here’s my builder grade light. You can clearly see why I might be longing for something different. Personally, I think these lights should be banned around the world. They are not visually appealing and the light they provide is almost non-existent. But do you love these beams the way I do?

Chandelier makeover

By now you know I am crazy about French style decor. I had visions of a chandelier dripping in the French gold paint with lots of crystals. I shopped online and poked around my local thrift stores and I just couldn’t find one for less than $125 which was more than I was willing to pay.

I quickly realized the one I paid $5 for that has been sitting in my garage for 2 years would do just fine. The only problem is the color, silver just won’

$5 garage sale chandelier makeover

So I did what any self-respecting DIY’er would do and searched on Pinterest for chandelier makeover ideas. I must have changed my mind at least 10 times.

I thought about all white.

Then I thought about gold.

I asked my blogging buddies what they thought.

I actually bought a can of oil rubbed bronze spray paint and a ceiling medallion to match. I thought I could “french” it up with some gold shimmer wax.

For a couple of months I really thought that was the direction I was heading in but the longer I pondered this I realized I just wasn’t in love.

So I kept searching and waiting for the color inspiration that would shout “pick me”!

Then I found this Verdigris finish chandelier makeover tutorial. The search was over!!! This would give me the pop of color I was craving to stand out in front of my wall of built- ins that are very dark.

You may know the word verdigris actually means the green of Greece and refers to the blue/green patina that occurs on a copper or bronze surface when exposed to the elements over time. I didn’t until I researched it.

I know what you are thinking…” your chandelier is silver, so how do you intend to create a verdigris finish”? I was thinking the same thing but I decided not to let this small detail defeat me.

The tutorial I read used acrylic paints, a glaze, and other items I didn’t have on hand.

My answer to the Verdigris conundrum was…milk paint. I wanted a blue/green kind of crusty finish and milk paint can be very crusty unless you sand it smooth.

So here’s my version of how to create a faux verdigris finish using supplies I already had on hand.

(The following supply list contains affiliate links. This simply means I have provided you with convenient links to the products I used or similar ones I recommend. If you purchase any of these products using my links I will receive a small commission)

Here’s what I used:

Spouncer brush

1 small foam brush

Zinsser water based primer (white)

Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint in Boxwood

Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint in Kitchen Scale (this color is already on 3 pieces in my office)

In order to get the crusty look, I decided to coat my chandelier first using Zinsser primer. I used a foam craft brush and it didn’t take long at all.

Creating a faux verdigris finish using Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint in Boxwood and Kitchen Scale.

I knew the next layer needed to be Boxwood but as you can see in the picture it is much darker than the kitchen scale. It is a beautiful green that has a strong yellow undertone. I knew this would need to be toned down so I decided to experiment.

I started with 3 tablespoons of Boxwood and one tablespoon at a time I added in Kitchen Scale until I finally had a winner. The final recipe was 3 tablespoons Boxwood to 5 tablespoons Kitchen Scale. I am calling my custom color “verdigris.” It’s the color on the left.

Chandelier makeover

Next, I used this spouncer brush to gently dab my paint on.

I used this spouncer brush to create a faux verdigris finish on my $5 garage sale chandelier

Chandelier makeover with a faux verdigris finish

You can see all the bubbles, drips, and runs this technique created.

Chandelier makeover using a faux verdigris finish


I have to say I was really surprised shocked how well it turned out.

Chandelier makeover using a faux verdigris finish

I love how you can see little peeks of white, green, and blue. I decided not to seal it or do anything else because I was really happy with how crusty it turned out.

I was basking in the glory of my Verdigris triumph when I realized the ceiling medallion I purchased was rubbed bronze finish and I completely forgot about the silver chain.

The idea of painting a chain to match the finish just didn’t seem like my idea of fun so the alternative was to make a cover!!!!!!!!! If you read my no sew drop cloth curtain post then you know already how I feel about sewing.

I rummaged through my fabric stash and found what looked like may have been a sheet in a former life. So I cut my fabric and stitched it up by hand!!!! (anything to avoid getting that sewing machine out)

And I painted the medallion with white primer.

My $5 chandelier makeover is complete with a faux verdigris finish using Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint.

I need to give my husband a huge shout out for hanging what he is now calling “the glamdelier” in the dark while wearing a headlamp. This post wouldn’t be possible without him and I am willing to overlook his comment that he thought the “sock” (his word for cover) should have been the same fabric as my drop cloth curtains.

And that I should have painted the medallion and the candle covers the same color as the glamdelier.

And now you finally know why I refer to him as “my silent partner” because he is anything but silent. The funny thing is I actually agree with him. But for now, it will stay just as it is.

I created a faux verdigris finish on my $5 garage sale chandelier. You can see more at


Chandelier makeover using Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint

You have probably figured out by now I am not a professional photographer and trying to get blog-worthy shots was a challenge.

My $5 chandelier makeover is complete with a new verdigris faux finish using Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint. To learn more visit me at

I kinda love it. In fact, sometimes, I just walk in the room and turn it on just so I can gaze at it.

So tell me what you think…am I able to add faux finisher to my resume’?

Next up, I will be shopping my house for items to style the built- ins that are the bane of my existence.

But for now, I am just going to enjoy the glow of my glamdelier previously known as the chandelier makeover.

My $5 chandelier makeover is finished. I used Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint to create a faux verdigris finish.


Ciao for now




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  1. 1915house says:

    AAAALLLLLLLLLLLL the heart eyes for this chandy!!!!!!! 😍😍😍😍 I am pretty sure this takes the cake for all the chandelier makeovers – ever! I cannot even tell you how much I love the piece! Girlfriend, you have rocked the chandelier makeover world with your verdigris finish! Standing ovation going on over here for you!

  2. Kim @ Farmhouse Made says:

    Lisa! This looks so old and crusty and perfect! I also love the ‘sock’ cover lol I had no idea you could use milk paint on a chandy! Gorgeous job, and I love the way it looks in the room too, it really pops!! 😀 <3<3<3

    • says:

      Hey Debbie,
      I am so glad you stopped by. I probably should have just asked you to paint this for me. LOL


  3. misstoni65 says:

    There’s so much to love about this post, first is the lamp, absolutely gorgeous. Next is the “sock” to cover the wires. Third is the medallion. Fourth is the fact that your husband even noticed the “sock” at all LOL All of this goodness is a huge improvement over the “boob” light as I’ve seen them called. I have one in my hallway but there is no room for a beautiful chandelier like this one 😀

    • says:

      Thank you Toni! I literally laughed out loud the first time he called it a “sock”! I agree with you the boob light should be banned. Who designed it anyway?


  4. Pili Gomez says:

    I’ve never tried verdigris but it seems so easy I can’t wait!! I am sure my girls will be more than willing to help me in my adventure!!

    Thank you for sharing with us at Sweet Inspiration party!! Have a wonderful week!

    • says:

      Pili, It really was much easier than I thought and the best part about it is you don’t have to be too careful with it. The more drips and runs the better!

      Thank you for stopping by!

  5. Mary-The Boondocks Blog says:

    Wow I really love the patina you have created on this. Never tried milk paint but I will get there one day! I also love the color you created! Thanks for joining us at Sweet Inspiration.

    • says:

      Thank you so much. And now that I chose the color based on all the wood, my husband has finally agreed to paint the wall of built ins. I think it will still look pretty sweet.


    • says:

      Christy, You really must try MMS paint. I think you will love it as much as I do. Paint all the things girl.


  6. Heather Northington says:

    What a transformation! Love the crusty look and the “sock” and all of it! I am just starting to venture out into refinishing and painting things. Can’t wait to try that paint. Very inspiring post.

    • says:

      A word of caution Heather! Painting furniture is addictive. Thank you so much for dropping in today.


    • says:

      Thank you so much for the compliment. Painting a chandelier is not really something I ever thought I might do but I would love to find another one.

  7. mjhooper2013 says:

    Came here from Roadkill Rescue. I love your desk table.
    Hope I can find that on your blog.
    You had a way better result w/ your verdigris than I did with MM made for that finish. Now mine is painted black and i love it…a nice American Colonial look. Turned out better for my “style” than the MM ever could! So it’s a good thing you took your time deciding on your colors….right? LOL
    Cheers from this new follower.

    • says:

      Thank you so much for stopping by. Honestly choosing a color for my own projects takes way longer that pieces I just randomly plan to sell.
      You can never go wrong with black light fixtures in my book.

  8. gwingal says:

    EXCELLENT! I love it! It looks so good hanging below those fantastic beams. I am loving the whole room. (what I can see of it) 🙂 gwingal

  9. Studio Paint Design says:

    What a great transformation Taylor!!
    I will be featuring it this week on Wonderful Wednesday’s Link Party!!
    Have a great week!!


  10. Debbie says:

    I kinda love your office! Is it really that neat? The chandelier is amazing…the lines of it are classic and not dated at all, perfect for your space. A detailed refinish to be certain but if it were oil rub bronze it would have been lost with the dark wood beams on the ceiling…the verdigris makes it attract the attention it deserves!

  11. Stacey says:

    Love, love, love!! The chandelier looks amazing with the verdigris finish you gave it. You were spot on with that idea. I love the cord cover too…I’m all about those. The beams in that office are wonderful.

    Sharing this on Facebook today. Thanks for joining Thoughts of Home on Thursday. 🙂

    • says:

      Thank you Lisa. My board is what I call the original “Pin Board.” Thank you for stopping by.

    • says:

      Thank you Melony. It is quickly becoming my favorite room in the house.

      Now if I can just get those built in painted. LOL


  12. mommacan says:

    This is completely beautiful and your office is amazing. I need lighting in my office, never thought of a chandalier! So cool

    • says:

      Thank you! I can’t tell you how much more light I have by adding this chandelier. It’s almost too bright!

  13. Jemma says:

    I love, love, love this! I would gaze at it too, if it was mine-it really did turn out perfect:)
    So glad that you shared this with us at TOHOT too!

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