I am all about quick and easy around here….for the most part! Last time I shared with you the plans I am mapped out for our dining room. I have started playing around in there little by little and one thing I recently tackled was the hanging light.
Over the years, I have been pretty much obsessed with the open-sided, clean lines, rectangular chandelier (which would be perfect over my long table).
The reason I have not sprung on this option is that Project Manager was never really sold on the idea or spending the money. But IT’S PREEETTYY! <–Not a good enough argument.
Another style I was starting to like was something like what we have, only larger in scale.
This option is very close to what we already have, so I figured until I am really ready to commit to the expense of a beautiful light or find something I can use to create a masterpiece (HA), I needed to work with what I have.
This is what I started with:
Nothing particularly wrong with this (other than it is a little on the small side) but it almost seemed like an after thought in this room. Life in a flip!
I figured, if I couldn’t spend the money, work with what I’ve got. I started out by doing a search for more modern looking shades. Those are either expensive or a pain in the butt to find five. Deep down, we all know I love the exposed bulb look, so I played around.
It wasn’t a bad start but those cream-colored sleeves were a big punch to the eyes. Who thought that was a good idea?
I couldn’t find any sort of replacement at the store while I was there and my search was short lived. One day, I went into the garage and grabbed whatever can of spray paint that I had that closely matched the finish on the fixture (because I was not about to take it off the ceiling to paint the whole thing..nope).
I happened to have an almost empty can of Rust-oleum Universal Metallic Spray Paint/Primer in Oil Rubbed Bronze. The light is not a black, so this was a pretty close match.
When I was ready to paint and not planning to take the fixture down, I created a high-tech paint box to catch the mess spray paint can make.
Mind blowing, right? It actually worked pretty well and the only thing that got messy outside of the box was my hand.
Not a bad little update for the cost of nothing!!
I am still trying to find a good lightbulb replacement for this fixture. I love the Edison bulb look but they are too yellow (we have one over our sink). The ones we have in here are at the left side of the light spectrum and are SUPER SUPER warm. It is almost too dark in there with the lights on a full brightness.
Update on the punch list:
Update the light fixture-DONE!
- Paint the walls – I am shooting for Sherwin Williams Sea Salt
- Organize the buffet
- Buy a rug
- Decorate with as much on hand items
- Add my own floral paintings to the room. Or buy them, we will see how my creations turn out
- Switch out all the outlets and outlet covers from beige to white
- POSSIBLY add shelves….possibly!
- NEW – Sand down the table top and re-seal