Chandelier Number One

First of all…brass light fixtures should be outlawed.  They are hideous.  But then when did contractors really step back and think…’Wouldn’t a chandelier look gorgeous here?’  So no they don’t.

Our house was built in the late 90s.  One of the worst periods for builder grade light fixtures.  And cabinetry, but more on that later.  IMG_1883

Why oh why didn’t I take a before picture?

Oh yeah…I got project happy.

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Let’s just picture frosted glass lamp shades…hideous.  Especially when I have worked so hard on my furniture in the parlor (we have a living room/kitchen).

So here goes the DIY

  1. Take off lamp shades and light bulbs
  2. Tape around the junction where the lights attach (very important)
  3. tape the ends of the wire
  4. Handy dandy PRIMER!!! All over.  Its best to hang your light fixture when you are spray painting, you can do this from a ladder or the tracks that your garage door runs on.  Take away all garage door openers from your husband when you do this.
  5. Wait 15 minutes
  6. Spray paint actual color, making sure to get into every crack and crevice.
  7. Wait 15 minutes
  8. Paint another coat.  I used a semi gloss on this one.
  9. Wait…not my favorite part.
  10. Have your MIL (mother in law) come over to watch Little Miss Owl. It helps.
  11. Add crystals! The ones hanging from the bottom are from Hobby Lobby’s wedding section and were 50% off so only $5! I also strung beads ($10) and then had bought wired beads that are wrapped around the arms on clearance ($2).  So for everything including paint it was $30. Reuse the light bulbs if you can.

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AND TA DA!!! See, my MILs arm.  And Miss Owls slide. But hey, project happy.

I will update with a picture from where it went in our bedroom.

Our first Chandelier…oh the change.

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