I've been busy working on my son's room, building the shelves.
Well, I've been cutting wood and putting things together in the garage.
I really want to finish that room before Christmas but I'm not so sure that will happen. :/
So, the project today was an easy one. Maybe, because I didn't do much of the work. I have to give a big thank you to Mr. RLC. He was the master mind behind this project. ;)
When the dining room was spruced up about two years ago, the chandelier the builder left was replaced for this pair of lights.
A very inexpensive Ikea hack with wood veneer. I liked it, but it got a bid damaged when I added white tape during Christmas one year. The veneer began getting loose when I tried to remove the tape.
Anyway, it was time to change it!
This past summer I even bought a big metal basket, thinking on turn it into a lighting fixture for this room. It never happened. The basket is still around the house holding stuff.
Then, when I went to a second hand store to find the door for my son's closet, I found this metal orb/sphere. It just said: Dining room chandelier all around it! :)
They had many of these spheres, different sizes, and ones that open in the middle like the one I bought, and others that didn't open. The price I paid for it was $45, it's about 25" diam. The twinkling lights around the sphere were extra.
The search for a small chandelier to put inside the sphere began. I didn't want to buy a new one, usually the prices for chandeliers are way more than what I want to pay. Besides, second hand chandeliers are easy to find.
And we found ours at the neighborhood flea market, two weeks ago. The mister was the one who spotted it and surprised me with his find ---> Only five dollars!
As soon as I got home I spray painted it white, the silver color didn't go much with the sphere.
Well, the white one either.
The metal sphere has this rusty patina that I wanted to preserve. It also has a bit of light blue tones as you can see.
So, after the white spray paint dried, I brought the chandelier inside and gave it a coat of ASCP - Duck Egg Blue.
For the rusty feel I sprinkled it with cinnamon. Yep, you heard it right... Cinnamon. A tip I got from a talented blogger when she used it on this project HERE.
It's not perfect, but I think it's good enough.
As soon as I was done with the painting -technique and all- I gave it to the mister, who worked his wonders. You see that rusty wheel at the top of the chandelier? It was his idea. ;)
He left the same rusty screw that opens and closes the sphere.
A pic from the bottom up, with all that cinnamon rusty feel. At least it smells good. :)
And here you have it. One step up from the previous veneer one!
I'm decking the halls. I'll be showing you this room all dressed up for the holidays and sporting the new chandy soon!