I have been dreaming of light fixtures for the past 3 months. Literally, chandeliers dancing around in my dreams.
Last week, I teased you all with picture of our dining room sans lighting. Here is what we have been working on…
After many hours of failed shopping and praying to the lighting gods, we decided to rework our current chandelier. I was dazed by the pricing of these puppies… it didn’t help that I am super picky and only liked ones over $500.
So here is what we were working with:
Orangey bronze. Asymmetrical pendant shade with brown swirls. Enough said. A little too art deco for my taste, but we work with what we have.
I started by taping up the shades with painters tape and plastic bags.
We used this Rustoleum Metallic Satin Nickel spray paint.
Here we are after 2 coats.
After this we turned our attention to the light shades. The shade to the right was original to the light. Beige with a little brown swirl going through it. I thought that spray painting it with some glass frost would hide the swirl and brighten it up a bit. No go. At this point I was getting a bit desperate and I sprayed a few light coats of white. Eh. Not so much.
Lucky for us, Lowes has two types of pendent shades that matched the size of the original ones. The shade on the left is the type of shade we ended up choosing: Portfolio 5-3/8″ Alabaster Mini Pendant Shade for just under $7 a piece. Winner!
The biggest hurdle of this mini makeover was the electrical work that needed to be done. Steve spent HOURS re-building one of the electrical sockets. The plastic in the socket was warped and had cracked. There were no ready-to-go parts available at Lowes, so Steve retrofitted electrical elements, PVC elements, a rubber washer and some heavy duty glue. He worked some magic and it works like new!
So much better! More modern. The room feels so much brighter. I am loving the pendant shades.
Total cost- $42 for the shades, $7 for the spray paint and $5 for the electrical elements gives us $54. Woo hoo!
I hope you like it as much as I do!
Anyone else attempted a chandelier redo? Rewiring electrical? What big projects are you working on this week?