Monday, October 31, 2011

Another One Down


This weekend I finished another pinned project from my Pinterest boards.  I took the challenge after Sherry and Katie announced the Pinterest Challenge Fall Edition last week. 


I had already planned to finish this light but the challenge made me kick it into high gear so I could finish in time for the link up this week.  The light is in the formal dining room and is the builder's grade left up by the previous homeowners.  It was white and not exactly our style.  I knew it would be changed.  This is how it has been for the last 6 months.  Notice there are no bulbs.  I hated it so much I wasn't willing to show it any love.  Just shook my head every time I walked by.

 
Here it is with bulbs.  A little better but I still wasn't feelin' the white.  Besides the white color, it has a textured surface.  Yuck.  Whose idea was it to put texture on a light fixture?




So I decided to change it since the light I really want there won't be making an appearance for a while.  

Here she is after a few coats of black spray paint. 







Up close you can really see the texture.




I ended up spray painting the chandelier indoors.  Yes, you read that right.  INDOORS.  Someone please remind me not to do that again.  I didn't want the hassle of taking it down and putting it back up.  The spray painting itself wasn't hard.  I just had to lay down sheets over the table and chairs.  The horrible part was finding that the black dust fumes had settled on every single square inch of the downstairs floors.  So I had to mop them afterwards.  That's what I get for trying to take the easy route I guess.  Since I didn't take the light down, I had to no way of painting the chain without also painting the ground wire that runs through the chain.  I knew a painted wire could lead to a fire.  I just made my own cord cover.  I had some black fabric that I cut in a four inch wide strip and hot-glued it down the sides while wrapping it around the cord.  The fabric was longer than the cord itself so I had some room to bunch it.







I think it's a big improvement.  Now that the light is bandaged, maybe I'll get around to actually painting the dining room.  Still trying to decide on a color...and maybe a wall treatment.




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26 comments:

  1. The chandelier looks great! Had to laugh at you spray painting inside to avoid taking the light down! Definitely the kind of thing I'd do!! :)

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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  2. Love it in black! Your cord cover is perfect. Thanks for the hot glue idea!

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  3. I have a chandelier almost exactly like this! I plan to paint it red or turquoise for my craft room. Love your cord cover idea, I'm going to use it.

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  4. Andrea, what a difference! Looks 10 times better now, love it!

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  5. GORGEOUS! The black is FABULOUS!

    Deborah (happily visiting from http://cardsandthings.blogspot.com...hope you'll stop by too...)

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  6. What a great looking make-over! It's amazing what a little paint can do.

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  7. It looks fabulous!

    Coming over here from the Pinterest Challenge. I did some handle holder painting, too!

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  8. It looks great! I was thinking of doing this to our old chandelier for when we give our kitchen a facelift this winter. Thanks for the motivation. I better get crackin' before it gets too cold ; )

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  9. that is so sleek looking. absolutely love it. found you via yhl pinterest challenge, by the way. i'm having so much fun looking through all the successes!

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  10. Oh how I love spray paint. It's so pretty now!!

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  11. Hi Andrea! You did a wonderful job on updating your chandelier. I have a chandy that I have been meaning to paint since at LEAST this time last year...I need to get myself in gear like you did! I saw your post over at Bear Rabbit Bear.

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  12. Great job! Looks so much better than the white! We have one hanging that I try not to look at as well, keep meaning to paint but the thought of taking it down... love your go get it down way!! The wire wrap really ties it all together.

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  13. I think we had the same builder light fixture - I painted mine, but my dining room isn't finished - the update will come soon - I hope! Looks good!!

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  14. A white chandelier?? Who does that? The revamp makes it look MUCH better! I bought a similar chrome chandelier on clearance with the intention of refinishing it and adding some little shades. I just love those little shades. And now the plan also includes a cord cover. Thanks for the great idea!

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  15. The chandy looks terrific, Andrea. You did such a nice job on it. I like the cord cover!

    Thanks for sharing your creativity with Potpourri Friday!

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  16. You did a fabulous job! Love the cord cover too!

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  17. I LOVE this! I would love if you would share this at the Crazy Cute link party happening at Between U & Me right now! I've got a totally awesome giveaway this week, too!
    OOH! AND, I'm your newest follower! ;)
    www.betweenuandme.com

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  18. You did a really fabulous job. Thanks for linking to Things I've Done Thursday.

    Melanie
    bearrabbitbear.blogspot.com

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  19. It looks great. As I'm reading your post I'm eying my very own dining room chandelier thinking that I don't want to take that sucker down and I wonder if I can spray paint it in place ... and then read your tale of doing exactly that. Hmmmm. Gave me pause to consider ...

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  20. Wow, what a big difference that makes! I love how you changed it up! It really fits perfectly over the table! I am so happy you shared this @ Show & Share, thank you!

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  21. Wow, what a big difference that makes! I love how you changed it up! It really fits perfectly over the table! I am so happy you shared this @ Show & Share, thank you!

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  22. Great transformation! I would have tried to spray paint indoors too =)

    -caroline @ c.w.frosting

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  23. What a great makeover! Come on and link up to the Head to Head Showdown at www.icantstopcrafting.blogspot.com

    ~Jen

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  24. So much better in black! Thanks for the ideal, I had sewn a cord cover but I wasn't home when the chandy was put up so cover was left off! My handyman doesn't want to take it back down.

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  25. Yay! Thanks for linking up! Jen @ www.icantstopcrafting.blogspot.com

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