Sunday, March 14, 2010


*Sorry for the poor photo quality. Photos were taken with my phone.

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.

LC finally hung the fixture this evening.

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!

Cost breakdown:
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!


Anonymous said... it! xoxo

Elaine's Semi-Homemade Life said...

Well, you know my love of spray paint reaches far and wide... ;)
I liked the old fixture (looks like some of our flush mounted ones!) but def not the best TYPE of fixture for a dining room... love the new look! It def fits your home to a tee! :)

Laura@Cowboy Boots said...

love it! You did a fantastic job!!!