It’s been all about the light fixtures this week at our house. My MIL acquired a dining room chandelier from some friends who were remodeling and were going to throw it away. The things people throw away – hard to believe!
This thing was definitely a diamond in the rough. It has great bones, but the two tone metallic finish was a little dated and doesn’t match the style of the house.
In addition, I finally got around to purchasing and installing the bathroom chandelier, as I put the finishing touches on our DIY bathroom remodel – reveal to come soon!
I’ll be doing a separate post on hanging the bathroom chandelier, as I’d like to do a tutorial for all those who would like to learn how to change out a light fixture, but here’s a little sneak peek. Please forgive the quality of the photos in this post – they were taken with my phone. When I went to Texas for the birthday party, I somehow lost my camera card and haven’t purchased a new one yet.
I removed the plastic “candlesticks” and taped the electrical with blue painter’s tape. I also removed the chain with pliers at this point because I knew I was gonna be replacing it.
I first did a coat of black spray paint, so that when I distressed it the black paint would show underneath. Then I did two coats of Rustoleum’s Heirloom White. This is my favorite white spray paint color – its a lovely antique white, not too ivory or yellow.
After all the paint was dry, I sanded the raised details and edges with 120 grit sand paper and used a flat screwdriver to scrape the paint off of some spots to further distress it.I bought some white “decorator’s chain” to match it better because the original chain was silver. We love how it turned out and are planning to buy or make some burlap shades for each of the lights. I can’t wait to see it with the shades! Replacing a light fixture is such an easy way to update your space. I think this chandelier really changes the character of the space and helps it feel more finished.
We got the bathroom chandelier at IKEA. Man, I love that place. It’s awesome for getting affordable decor and other goodies that you can customize and improve upon. Just search “Ikea hacks” on Pinterest and you’ll see what I mean.
I also got this adorable vintage-looking clock for the bathroom, and the small lamp and lampshade for a song – it works great as a nightlight. I think I am going to do something special with the base to give it a little character (think sparkly). I’ll be posting a tutorial on installing a light fixture soon so make sure you follow me somehow so you’ll catch it when I do!
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