before & after: cecile’s kitchen + tammie’s chandelier

Friends are great, especially when they are willing and able to give you a fantastic kitchen makeover. Cecile runs her own design firm, so when her friend and neighbor needed to style up her kitchen a bit, Cecile knew exactly what it needed. The hot coral wall looks great behind the vintage stove, and I love that she used a pattern from Stencil 101 Decor by Ed Roth (who has an awesome apartment, by the way) to make a citrine-colored houndstooth backsplash. The resulting kitchen is warm, friendly and fun. Great work, Cecile! — Kate

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This chandelier makeover from Tammie is proof that when it comes to style, it’s all in the details. I thought I had this brass fixture pretty figured out; I’ve seen it with a simple paint job before, and I thought I knew its basic potential. Tammie’s addition of texture with the crystals and twig garland really surprised me, and I love it! The platinum color, the icy crystals, the irregularity of all the small branches and the ease of how they’re just wrapped around the piece . . . stunning. Great transformation, Tammie!


Okay, I have this exact chandelier in my dining room and I’m always thinking about painting it or hanging something sparkly from it. This might be my favorite makeover idea for it yet!!!


It doesn’t even look like the same chandelier! That’s incredible!! And the kitchen is great – I love the wallpaper under the cabinets. Great job!!


Love the color of the chandelier!! What brand and color is it?

Ashlea Walter

Hip hip hooray, THIS is the inspiration for my plain kitchen with old white cabinets that I’ve been looking for. Now this I can achieve without spending lots of cash. And I already have the orange paint. Thanks a bunch, lovelies!

Sarah Jane

LOVE the kitchen! Is the backsplash just painted on (stenciled) or is it wallpaper? Always looking for creative ideas in that area.


SO GLAD the chandelier was posted! I’m moving into a house that has that exact one and I’ve been racking my brain trying to figure out a way I was going to transform it. This is a perfect idea!

Vanessa Elizabeth

My mum has a chandelier like that and at Christmastime she runs a garland in between the ligths and hangs a few ornaments from the bottom.


Thanks for all your wonderful comments. The backsplash is a stencil from Ed Roth’s “Stencil 101 Decor” kit. I found it a my local art store. It wasn’t super easy to do because of the height of the top cabinets. I had to bend over the counter top at a weird angle.But, I just did a little at time and the end result added a lot to the space.


LOVE that chandelier! Can we find out what paint Tammie used? I’m hoping to get a similar look for a brass chandelier I have in my townhouse.


I love that the chandelier looks completely different w/o having to completely overhaul the hardware! Stunning yet doable…that’s what I’m about!

karen berg

Wow, what a fantastic makeover. I am over the top impressed with the Brass Chandelier makeover. There is no end to the imagination and creativity of Design Sponge Followers. Thank you as always for sharing. Truly makes my day.


this is a great before & after –– realistic, practical, not an entire remodeling project and of course… it’s stunning! how refreshing!


this is a great before & after –– realistic, practical, not an entire remodeling project and of course… it’s stunning! how refreshing!


Wow, I am impressed with both of these transformations! The chandelier looks very luxe with those simple additions.

Also, kudos on the kitchen remodel. I am always excited when I see a remodel that isn’t a complete gut!


Hi Angela, The cabinets were just painted in Benjamin Moore, satin finish, interior paint. Thanks.

Ashlea Walter

re: the cabinets. What is the Benjamin Moore color that you used? Love the gray with the green and orange. Can’t wait to spruce up our nest too!


Thank you for all the wonderful comments!
This was such a fun project! The twig crystal garland I got at a yard sale for $1.50.
Spray paint: ‘Caramel latte’ by Krylon.
Crystals: $3.00 for a pack of 40 at Michaels in the wedding section.


Laura Faye

How funny, I just bought this exact chandelier on craigslist this week! Mine will probably end up painted turquoise, but I love this after so much!


Hi Ashlea,
The paint is 1467 Baltic Gray in Satin finish.
Good luck on your project.

Feng Shui Design

What I could not see in the after picture if you changed the flooring or not.. If so I would appreciate a picture very much showing the floor as well. Thanks, and great job!


I know I’m late, by I’m dying to know the exact color that coral paint is!