Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Silver De-Light

I wanted a pretty chandelier to hang in the guest room. For months I searched the thrift stores, but there was nothing pretty (or with potential to be pretty) to be found. I had to resort to shopping for one at the blue big box home improvement store. I found a reasonably priced chandelier and loaded it my cart. Then I remembered that the other light fixtures in the room had silver finishes and this chandelier had a rubbed bronze finish. There was another, more ornate, chandelier with a silver finish, but it would cost an additional forty dollars! I stood staring up at the selection, pondering my choices. I actually liked the more simplified look of the bronze light better than the very embellished silver one.
What should I do?Then it dawned on me.
Hey! I'm that lady who has a blog
that posts about transformations using paint.
I can transform this chandelier!

I unpacked my new light fixture and pulled out my paint brush and silver Rub 'n Buff. I loaded the brush with a little silver and "pounced" it on top of the bronze finish. "Pouncing" allowed a little of the bronze to shine through, which gave it a look of aged silver.
I finished it off with pretty little textured bulbs.With a little work I got the finish I wanted,
for a reasonable price and the best part is,
it's a one-of-a-kind!

43 comments:

Darlene said...

That looks FABULOUS!!

Nora said...

Gorgeous

Sandy Toes said...

That looks just wonderful!
-sandy toe

Lisa said...

Love it!

AnNicole @ OurSuburbanCottage said...

Woo hoo! Looks great, and I love how your creative mind works.

Gena said...

I love that! And, I love that you were brave enough to do it. So beautiful.

Valarie Lea said...

Love the way it looks!

Mimi Sue said...

I love it. Mimi

Susan S. said...

A GENIUS idea....practice what you preach, right?

Ruby Red Slippers said...

Awesome!!!

Nicol said...

It turned out great! I have spent the past several months looking for a new chandelier for my dining room and found one at a fraction what Home Depot and Lowes was asking!

Chari said...

Hello Joy...

I love your new chandelier...it turned out just gorgeous with your pretty silver finish!!! You are so talented! Are you going to post photos when you get it hung? I'd love to see it in the room!!!

Well my friend, yet another beautiful transformation...thank you for sharing it!

Warmest wishes...
Chari

Southern Fried Gal said...

Looks good!

Huse Yo Mama said...

I can't wait to see how it fits in the room when all is said and done.

Missy said...

Wow!

DESJ and Company said...

AWESOME!!!
Great job.
I did a similar thing with a friend's cast off chandelier-painted it gold and it looks loverly in my dining room with some shades I fancied up :)

Kristin said...

Absolutely beautiful!

Kasey Hunt said...

Way to go!! I love it.

The Burners said...

Ooo la la - love the choice! I've been trying to figure out how to get a chandelier in my room for a couple of months now. It just gets so hot here - I dont think I could survive without a ceiling fan in our bedroom! Oh the joys of 115 degree weather :)

Lazy Mom Leslie said...

Turned out great! Can't wait to see it in the room.

Joanna said...

Looks great!

Our Complete Family said...

It looks just lovely! I can't wait to see it in the room hanging in all its glory!
Job well done hun!
Les

Kacey R. said...

That looks awesome! I can't wait to see it in its new space. :D

Kimm at Reinvented said...

That looks great! I've got a light fixture to try that on. Thanks for sharing.

Small House said...

As always...gorgeous! Love your ideas. Keep'em coming!
Have a good day.
Sandra

Astrid said...

Looks lovely! :)

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

what a great idea, it looks great. It will look awesome in your guest room.

tam said...

Fantastic idea~beautiful results!~Smiles~Tam!

Leigh said...

Love it!

jenjen said...

Your chandelier looks so lovely now. Great job. It is beautiful. I just love your blog!

Jen

Sincerely Yours said...

Hi Joy! Very nice transform!!! I put those same bulbs in my daughter's apartment chandi and they are really pretty lit up! Going to look gorgeous in your guest room!!!!! Sincerely, Jeannette

Cottagecheap said...

I LOVE it! I am always amazed how hard it is to find the 'right' light fixture in the right color. I can't wait to see it 'in place'

Steph said...

Gotta love Rub 'n Buff. It looks great.

candiceschenk said...

Wow! It's so pretty!

Stacey said...

Very cute...have to take a picture in the space when you hang it!

Jeanneoli said...

It turned out amazing....make sure your post pictures once you put it in the room. I am having a huge giveaway...come on over.

Jeanneoli said...

It turned out amazing....make sure your post pictures once you put it in the room. I am having a huge giveaway...come on over.

Ashley said...

Love it!! I just repainted our awful brassy chandelier that was hanging in our dining room when we bought the house. It was a top priority at the time and a year and a half later I finally got around to doing it. Ha! I'll post pics soon.

Robin @ My Blessed Nest said...

Would love to see it in the room...very pretty!

La Petite Redhead said...

Looks fab!

And it's given me an idea on what to do on the faux brass fixtures on my bedroom furniture!

jennifer said...

what a great idea! I did something like this for my little girl's room. I found a silver chandelier and painted it cream. lovely! and cheap!

JudyBug said...

oh wow! That is wonderful!

Pamela said...

Too funny! You went from bronze to silver and I redid a chandy from silver to bronze! We could have swapped and saved us the trouble!;) What fun would that be though. Enjoying looking thru your hone and projects!

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