Monday, May 9, 2016

Trashtastic Treasures- $5 Yard Sale Chandelier Makeover


Hey friends!  I hope all of you mothers out there had a wonderful and restful Mothers Day!  We had a nice brunch and then we had friends over for dinner yesterday evening, so it was a nice day.  I was missing my daughter though, who was in New Jersey.  We have  plans to spend another day together shopping and going to the Spa, so I'm looking forward to that.  It's time for another Trashtastic Treasures post today, and I love Trashtastic Treasures! One of my favorite things to do is to scavenge around at thrift stores, yard sales, and online for new to me items that I can make my own.  Sometimes I take items that I already own and am tired of and make those over too.  And I share all of them for Trashtastic Treasures!  If you are new here, Welcome!  I’m so glad you are here.  And you can find all of my Trashtastic Treasure projects right at the top of my page.  Today I am so excited to share with you a change that I have been wanting for almost 4 years.  We finally hung a new chandelier in our dining room and moved it to be centered over our table!  

You see, our dining room serves double duty as an office, so our table is not centered in the room, but the light is, and it has been that way since we moved into this house.  I found this new chandelier last summer at a yard sale for $5, and today I am going to show you the transformation, both to the light, and to the dining room!  Below are a couple of pictures of our dining room before the new light, and you can see that it is not centered over our table. Our dining room has also changed some since these pictures were taken.  These were taken a long time ago.



This is a picture of the chandelier before I painted it.  My Father-In-Law was kind enough to rewire it for me so that the cord was long enough.  I didn't love the color of this chandelier, but I liked the lines and the size of it, and I had a vision of how I could make it look as soon as I saw it.  



On a sunny and warm day a few weeks ago, I had my husband hang this chandelier from a tree branch so that I could spray paint it.  But before he hung it, I cleaned it and waited for it to dry.  I also removed the little white sleeves where you screw the light bulb in.  I started to tape them off and then I realized they would slide right off, so that made it a little easier.  I decided to use Design Master spray paint in Gold Medal.  I chose this spray paint and color based on a recommendation from Lindsay at the White Buffalo Styling Company, and she had spray painted a chandelier using this and I loved the finish, so I ordered a can knowing exactly what I wanted to use it for.  

I knew I loved this spray paint after the first coat.  It is very realistic looking, and it has a beautiful satin finish.  This spray paint costs more than regular spray paint, but it was so worth it, and I didn't even use a full can on this light.  And I only paid $5 for the chandelier in the first place, so splurging on this paint didn't bother me, because it was still a super cheap project, and the end results are just so worth it!


And here is our new chandelier in the dining room.  And I just couldn't help myself but to share several pictures of the finished results!  I think this update, and moving the chandelier made a huge improvement to the room.  And I am sharing pictures of the light both off and on so that you can see what it looks like both ways.  This room is always a little difficult for me to photograph because of the large window, and the pictures always turn out a little dark, so I did the best I could to lighten and brighten!


We decided not to completely relocate this light, but to just hang a hook centered over our table and swag it over to the center of the table.  The reason we decided to do it this way instead of permanently moving it, is because we are using this room to serve as an office as well, so the next owners may not use this room in the same way, and we wanted them to have the option of having the light in the center of the room.  


I decided to use clear round bulbs in this light to give a more modern vibe, and I love the way they look!  If you'll remember from the before pictures, the chain and wiring was silver, so I spray painted that too.  And the hook I purchased is an antique gold that matched very well.  LC changed out this light fixture himself, with a tiny bit of help from a neighbor, and it took them less than an hour to have it changed.  The next thing I would like to do in this room is to replace the area rug.  I am actually planning to give this current rug to my daughter to use in a house she is moving into.  And I am probably just going to leave the floor bare until I find a rug that I like for this space.  We are also planning to build a farmhouse table to replace this table, but that is a ways off.  I may even end up painting this table to tide me over until we are able to build one.  


This is the view looking into the dining room from the kitchen.  I really like the way the chandelier looks reflecting back into this mirror that I scored from a thrift store.  You can read more about the wall decor here.  



To the right you catch a glimpse of the office that shares this space.  This is where the blogging magic happens!  And this space is shared by the entire family.  This room is by far the hardest working room in the house.  I recently picked up the desk chair for $6 at a thrift store.  I have some plans to change it up, but who knows when I will get to that!


The artwork you see to the right of the window was given to us by LC's aunt, and it is actually a building in downtown Clarksburg, WV.  I'm not sure how she came to own this, but I really am happy that she gifted it to us!  I framed it myself.  



The glass vase you see in the center of the table did have stones in the bottom and some tree branches  stuck down in it, but I decided to pour out the stones and just give it a simple look.  I like it like this!  An the wine bottle was another thrift store find.


You can see in this left corner of the room is a printer that LC has to have for work.  It is sitting on an end table that I placed here for temporary use.  I had been looking for some metal filing cabinets that matched for over a year, and I finally found a couple at a thrift store recently.  So they are currently sitting in our garage waiting for a makeover.  They will provide some much needed storage for his work stuff, and his printer will sit on top.  


My new chandelier makes me so happy!  I love the way it looks in the room, and I have finally stopped twitching from the old chandelier not being centered over the table!  If you look in the background of the picture below, you can see a glimpse of the chandelier in our entryway.  I don't really like that chandelier, but the globes on it are what I hated the most of all, so when I took down the old chandelier from the dining room, I decided to change out the globes on the entry chandelier and I replaced them with the globes from the old dining room light.  It is a temporary solution, but also a big improvement in my book!  Eventually I would love to replace that chandelier as well, but no immediate plans are made to do so.  



What do you think of the change this new $5 yard sale chandelier brings to the room?  I am really loving the gold touches in here!  I would love to know your thoughts.  Feel free to comment, I love your comments and I read every one!  Have a great Monday!

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