Monday, March 26, 2018

The Chandelier I Made Red

I've wanted to start a blog, but I could never get past the name. It's an important part and something I really struggled with. Then this past spring while at a rummage sale I spotted a brass chandelier and the rest is history. 

It was the last day of the rummage sale, and I knew they were willing to negotiate. The chandelier had initially been listed at $20, and I was able to get it for $5. That's right FIVE dollars! Earlier, when I made the proclamation to my husband that I wouldn't pay more than that for a dining room chandelier he scoffed. He really should have known better!

My original plan was to paint this pewter however when I brought it home that idea just lacked pizazz. And then inspiration struck, and I just knew it needed to be RED. My kitchen is teal and yellow with red accents, and I'm in love with Talavera tile from my time studying abroad in Mexico. So red was perfect! 

Next step was prep. I cleaned the dirt and grime off and then went to scuffing it up so the paint would stick. This is by far the least fun part of the process and the most work but also the most important. Finally, it was prepped and ready. I find it's easier to paint chandeliers while they are hanging, so I made use of a spare nail on our porch and got to painting!

I chose to paint the candlestick area of the lamp red as well. The clean lines of having it all one color really appealed to me. It gives the light a unique and modern look. 

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