Tuesday, March 29, 2011

I finally get a chandelier!

Gaudy to Gracious Chandelier
Well, hello!  Today I’ll walk you through a really easy, reaaallly cheap little makeover that makes me so happy!  I have been coveting a chandelier for our bathroom redo, but the ceilings just aren’t up for it (Get it?  Up for it?  I make me laugh!). 

Anyway, when I came across this little candle chandelier (candlier?) at GoodWill, I snapped it up, even though the finish was ugly.  Plus, it was half off of the whopping $3 they were asking originally.  :)

It wasn’t really brass, but it was brass-y, and it had some weird mottling all over it, even though you can’t really see it in the pics.  
Still, I could picture it in a rubbed bronze, candles flickering above the tub, and knew I had to have it.  Unfortunately, the weather here in Wisconsin hasn’t been very conducive to spray painting, so this poor baby sat around around for a long, long time, waiting for a little TLC.
We FINALLY got a little thaw in February, and I headed out into the spray room (screened porch) and got to it.  I’d spray a really light coat, then hustle my little box full of beauty back into the house, so the cold temp didn’t mess things up.  

About every half hour I’d head back out to layer another thin coat on, 

and eventually I had a rich, bronzy effect.

So why did it take me so long to post?  Well, those little peg votives, of course!  
It’s tough to find what I was looking for, much less matching ones, and there are 8 spots on my little pretty.  I now have 6 of the straight sided ones, and only 4 of the rounds, but I keep looking!  I actually don’t mind the look of the combination, so maybe I’ll just keep it as is.  Well, I’ll probably clean the glass...
Let’s break down the expenses here...
Candlier ~ $1.50
Paint ~ already had, so free
Globes ~ 6 @ .45 = $2.70 
                4 @ $1 = $4
Total = $8.20
Pretty proud of that total, plus I’m reallllly looking forward to that first candle-lit bath!
UPDATE on my face...

It’s so much better!  My morning shower helped soften and relieve the skin, and a nice layer sloughed off.  Even the scary scabs are looking (and feeling) much better.  The areas that have cleared out are very smooth and soft.  You DO know that I haven’t learned a lesson here, right?  I’ll be reapplying just as soon as I can!
Have a great night!
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emilysnan said...

hiya , love what you have done here , very creative and i wuold say it looks fab when lit ? on another note you poor thing with your face peel x how unfortunate you were but it does look like its mending well hope your back to your gorgeous self soon , tfs , i am visiting from someday crafts and am your newest follower maybe you will pop by mine and follow too

Judy said...

You really did a great job. Amazing transformation. I am your latest follower. I would love for you to come and check out my blog and follow me back at www.diybydesign.blogspot.com. Thanks so much.