Using Liming Wax On Metal And DIY Chandelier Drops

by Sherry

Hi everyone.

I hope you are having a great weekend.  Steve and I spent Saturday at Mount Dora’s  annual “Fall In The Field” event.  The antique/vintage dealers had their spaces decorated so pretty for Fall and there was plenty of great vintage items to purchase.  Unfortunately,  I forgot my camera!

Thanks you for your kind comments about my chandelier makeover.  The Home Depot chandelier has a wood grain look and I wanted that to still be visible once painted.  First, I added a little water to some left over white paint and lightly applied it to the base of the piece,  wiping some of the paint off as I worked. Once dry I repeated this step using light grey paint left from another project.


The iron arms of the chandelier were painted white and then I used Martha Stewart’s metallic craft paint in Gunmetal.  It’s hard to tell in the photos but the arms are slightly darker.  Let the paint dry for just a few minutes then take a damp paper towel and go over small areas to remove some of the paint. This gives the iron a wonderful vintage look.


Have you priced wood chandelier drops?   I couldn’t believe five drops would cost more than I paid for the new chandelier!  I bought two packages of wood pieces found at Michaels and just cut off the tip, painted, lime waxed and added hooks….now my new chandy has drops for just a few dollars. (after 40% off coupon)



Don’t you love my high tech drying rack?

The entire chandy got a coat of liming wax… love, love this product.  If you missed my post about
using liming wax on a cabinet check it our Here.   The wax worked wonderfully on the painted wood
and iron,  it gives everything a white chalky look with a slight sheen.

Take a look at the before and after picture.


I think I see my next lime wax victim project.

Thanks so much for dropping by and have a great week.


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Deserae October 5, 2014 - 8:43 pm

Thank you for posting the directions on how you achieved the look on your new chandelier. I absolutely LOVE it!!!! I am going to look for some liming wax now….surely there is something I can use it on around here?!?!? LOL!

At Rivercrest Cottage October 5, 2014 - 8:47 pm

your work is always fantastic. Can't believe the price of wood drops (actually didn't know there were wood drops), but think yours look fantastic.

Vel Criste October 5, 2014 - 10:21 pm

I missed your chandelier post but wow, it looks amazing and you made it so unique Sherry! great job on this one for sure! I'm sure you won't stop here, candlesticks and furniture can probably follow 🙂

Kelly October 6, 2014 - 12:45 am

I love how your chandelier turned out! Even more, I like those wooden drops you added. I love that you used made them from something you found at a craft store. They look like the real thing! You've got me thinking that I might want to look into those for my dining room chandelier. I have crystal drops hanging off right now, but I like the look of the painted wooden drops even better.

[email protected] Ground October 6, 2014 - 3:54 am

wow, Sherry, this turned out gorgeous!

Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home October 6, 2014 - 10:33 am

Love it Sherry! I've never tried liming wax, thanks for the introduction!
Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY…


Tina C October 6, 2014 - 1:01 pm

Love the new look of the chandelier. Great job!
Have a nice day.

[email protected] Designs October 8, 2014 - 3:01 am

Just love the way the chandelier turned out…got to get some of that great wax!

The Polka Dot Closet October 8, 2014 - 3:27 am

I love the chandelier…You are braver than me. I have no problem painting some thing old, but scared to death I will wreck something new!


Chatfield Court October 10, 2014 - 5:33 am

Thanks so much for the instructions on your chandelier makeover. I have never used liming wax but I will have to try it out now. Great makeover. 🙂 -Kristi

Decor To Adore September 7, 2015 - 7:20 pm

Hi Sherry, Thank you SO much to alerting me to this post. I do read your blog regularly and was wondering how I missed it. (It was when we were moving from Phoenix to D/FW and living in a hotel. 🙂
I have pinned it and will be making a trip to Michaels soon.
Have a happy Labor Day and a wonderful week!


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