Hi! It’s a happy day in our house. We’re celebrating our littlest’s fifth birthday today. Geez, she’s practically an old lady. I can’t believe it. So just in time for her birthday dinner, we finally finished a few projects in the dining room. I’m sharing my chandelier makeover with you today.
Please excuse the quality of the picture up there in my before and after. I took that picture a couple of years ago right before we took it down. It was nighttime; we had no other lights in that room…oh well, the point is, you can see how ugly it was. Builder-grade brass and ’80s glass globes. Not my fave.
Now I am definitely not the first person to spray paint a light fixture. Heck, I’ve even done one before myself. (Check out my post on our spray painted foyer light.) But I like how this turned out, and the transformation is quite dramatic if I do say so myself. The driving force behind this makeover was, of course, cost. At first I didn’t see how to salvage this baby until I realized that the arms could be re-positioned to point up instead of down. That convinced me to save some dough and make it over. It’s not the light fixture of my dreams, but I do really love the fabric-covered shades and the colors look great in our almost-finished kitchen and dining room. So until I find and save up for a brand-new light fixture, this one finished off the space.
Have you ever covered a lampshade with fabric? It’s a cinch.
Roll out some wrapping paper and lay the shade on its side on top of the paper with the seam of the shade centered on the bottom. Slowly roll the shade, tracing both the top and bottom edges of it as you roll. (Since my shades were new, I kept the plastic on just to avoid any unnecessary marks on the shade.) Continue rolling until the seam of the shade is back to the position it started in.
Cut the pattern out, adding about an inch to the top, bottom and one side. Pin the pattern to your fabric and cut out. Use spray adhesive on the back of your fabric to adhere it to the shade, smoothing as you go and wrapping the excess over the edges on the top and bottom. Voila!
That’s it! By the way, you’re getting a sneak peek at the board and batten wall in our dining room. More on that another day. Until next time…