This is the original light fixture in our formal dining room. There's nothing wrong with it, just not quite my style.
I picked up this brass beauty for $14.95 at our local Habitat for Humanity Restore. 10 lights, great curves, horrendous brass! But never fear... a little spray paint goes a long way. (I'm really proud of my ingenious use of the plant hook, so I could have 380 degrees of painting!)
I pulled off all the loose pieces, and Miss Priss helped me organize them!
Ready for paint!
And here she is after 2 cans of black satin spray paint. I didn't prime or sand... just knocked the dust off with a paper towel. I knew I was going to buy a cord cover, so I didn't bother painting the chain. I used spray paint made for metal, so it was $4.97 a can at Walmart. In hindsight, I would've just used the generic $.97 can.
I bought the shades at Garden Ridge for crazy cheap and the cord cover at Hobby Lobby with a 40% off coupon. I LOVE how it's completely transformed the room and accentuates the toile curtains I sewed!
fixture - $15
paint - $10
shades - $21
cord cover - $9
Total - $55
I'm going back to Restore to save another ugly brass fixture that will replace the breakfast nook light!