Le Rouge…or the Black Widow

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I am sure that this chandelier is going to require a lot more elbow grease than the last one. Quorum Call was perfect…no sanding needed.  This one?  Not so much.  It’s been painted black…which was the color I was going to paint it anyways…but it’s black speckle paint…as in thousands of grains of sand ALL OVER THIS THING.  That definitely wasn’t in the ad when I bought it.  Oh well.

Apparently it can be done.  It says so on Google.  “How to remove textured spray paint from metal.”  There’s a great website called “Graffiti Hurts.” On this poor chandelier it does.  So here’s their suggestion.

Paint thinner or chemical graffiti remover/solvent and rub with steel wool or sandpaper and rinse; power washing; paint over

I can see Mr. Wonderful already shaking his head.  Wife and chemical solvents…I know he doesn’t think this is a good idea.  But the show must go on.  Because this little diamond in the rough cannot stay in her current state.

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Its just awful.  You can even see where I’ve started to sand…still rough…and she has all these little crevices.  Her bones are beautiful.  And for a teaser…here’s the look we are going for.

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Red.  Glorious Red and Black.  She’s going to need her shades recovered and new candle covers (hers are looking a little sad).  I cannot wait.

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