Before you begin painting your chandelier I recommend acquiring your chandelier shades as your next step. There are many types of shades when it comes to shapes, colors, materials and prices. If you are going for a bright or unusual color you will want to make sure you will have matching shades before you go through all of the trouble decorating your chandelier. That is unless you plan to recover or craft your own chandelier shades as well, then the sky is the limit on options.
I have purchased the petite little chandelier and candelabra shades at both large lighting stores and smaller, high end interior decorating boutiques.
The thing to keep in mind is that most chandeliers will need 5-6 shades so the price of each shade adds up quickly. While it would be lovely to be able to order 5 shades at $49 each without a second thought, I'll be looking for a shade that ranges between $10-$20 each.
Here are just a few to give you an idea of what is available: