Published on December 15th, 2011 | by Jules Yap


Aqua Kristaller

Materials: Kristaller Chandelier, paints, Aqua prisms – beads and French cuts

Description: The Ikea Kristaller is not extremely good-looking, and can be steely cold.

I stripped off all the glass prisms, sprayed a layer of primer and painted over it with Folk Art ‘Coastal Blue’ acrylic paint.

I replaced some of the original clear prisms with aqua-coloured ones. The Almonds were replaced with the french cuts.

I added more beads at the base to let the french cut prisms to droop lower, thus a more elegant look.

I added 6 more french cuts in the middle so the chandelier looks fuller (and less of that budget-look).

Sorry folks, clear incandescent bulbs, although not energy-saving, give the best sparkles. You can see the sparkles on each of the glass prism.

The next thing is to wait for the prices of LED bulbs to fall further before I replace the bulbs.

~ Wai Hoong, Singapore

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Jules Yap

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13 Responses to Aqua Kristaller

  1. Molly says:

    What type of paint did you use? Did you prime it before hand?

  2. Jacinda says:

    How did you shorten the electrical cord? Yours is defs shorter than the cord that comes straight out of the box from Ikea!

  3. Anonymous says:

    I just purchased this fixture for my daughters room, but I’m definitely going to consider altering it to match her colour scheme more closely. This just looks awesome!

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  6. Claudja says:

    I am also interested in the matching paint or wall paper that I can see in the background. Any info? I want it all!! :)

    • waihoong11 says:

      The matching wall paint is Nippon Paint’s Bohemian Blue (computer mixed). Nippon paint is found in Asia. I was trying to mimic Hague Blue.

      As for the wall paper, it is actually a painting canvas. I googled ‘Damask’ and found a damask motif I liked, created a silkscreen stencil and stenciled this motif all over the canvas.

      For the paint on the chandelier, it’s Folk Art ‘Coastal Blue’ acrylic paint.


  7. Anonymous says:

    That looks great! The extra crystals are a definite plus!

  8. Sing says:

    Really nice, thinking of doing this and painting the base black.

  9. Beautiful! I love it!! You did an amazing job!

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