October 18, 2011 by Aimee •
I should title this post Spray Paint is a girl’s bestest friend!
When my Photographer was at work one day, I climbed onto the dining room table and spent a good hour attempting to rub the spectacular brass off of my chandelier with rub and buff- silver leaf. About half way through, I realized it just wasn’t going to work. If you look closely in the picture below you can see the decorative glass that is wrapped around the thin brass wire casing that I could not rub and buff. Taking this beauty apart and chancing it not going back together wasn’t an option.
There are so many things about a 1950s rancher home that leaves me totally puzzled, especially when you’re moving out of a 2005 creature comfort house. Like the over usage of pink and peach tiles in kitchens and bathrooms, walls and wallpaper everywhere, smallish closets in bedrooms, and itty bitty spaces for refrigerators. But one thing I totally love was that generations over usage of chandeliers, layered with beautiful prisms!
I had to change my plan, and quickly because the two-toned chandelier was even more hideous then it’s brass beginning. I had my Photographer who is also my Electrician, take down the chandelier and one by one I removed the prisms and let them soak in the sink with soapy water, which turned black in like 2.4 seconds. Disgusting. I ended up being glad the first plan didn’t work because those prisms shined like you can’t even believe once 50ish layers of dust was removed.
I spread out a piece of tarp and opened up my ladder. There I hung my two-toned chandelier and used a can of spray paint primer and a can of high gloss white spray paint. The more the paint covered the metal, the more I smiled.
One of the reason I like spray paint so much is it dries incredibly fast!!! My photographer was able to put it back up that night (yes, we stay up entirely too late) and in the morning I restrung those beautiful prisms! My decorating style is a conflicting blend of traditional and modern. This chandelier fits perfectly!
and here it is at night.
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