8.31.2009

Roadkill Rescue Party!!!

Today's the day! Today's the day!!!
Its the Roadkill Rescue party over at Infarrantly Creativity!!
I'm so excited to see what everyone has created out of their roadkill.

This was my roadkill.

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My dining room chandelier.
Ugly right?
Right.

When we moved into our house a little over a year ago my Mother-In-Law told me she would take me to go get a new dining room chandelier. Yeah, I'm still waiting on that.

Lucky for me Lowe's had sent me a project book and in that book was this page.

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I looked at it and said to myself "I have that chandelier in my dining room!!!" I tore it out and put it in my project folder.

A year later, I figure I'm never going to get that new chandelier so I took that page out of the folder and decided to revamp my old chandelier.

Here's what I did.

I sanded down all surfaces, and wiped them off.
When it was dry I sprayed the metal parts the same cream color as the desk I revamped and painted the wood part with some paint I had left over from my front entry way. I hung it back up and it looked like this:

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Better, but it still did not look that great to me.
I started freaking out a little bit because I thought I ruined it and was going to have to hint to my Mother-In-Law about getting me that new one she promised.

It still needed something so I went to Lowe's and bought 5 drum shaped chandelier shades. I brought them home and put them on and they looked SO bad!

Saturday we had to go get some tile at Lowe's so I took them back and was just going to leave the chandelier the was it was. I returned them and went about my day.

It was a "by chance kind of thing" that we had to go over to Home Depot and there, in the clearance section, was 5 regular shaped chandelier shades for $1.91 each!!! I snagged them up and brought them home. I put them on and they looked perfect except they were not all the same color so I took some of the red paint that I used on the chandelier, diluted it with some water and pained the shades.

It looks so much better doesn't it?

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I love how the light shines through the shades.

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So then I was not happy with the way the chained looked(I'm hard to please sometimes) so I went into my closet, found an old cream colored shirt, cut some strips, sewed them together and made a chain cover. Now it looks fabulous!!
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Im very happy with the way this turned out and Im really glad I took the time to do this revamp.
Now to go join in on the Roadkill Rescue party!!!!!!

9 comments:

Infarrantly Creative said...

Loralyn!!!! Wo that looks amazing. I would take that one over a new one any day. You did a great job with it. Way to keep workin it until you liked it, most people would have given up. You should be so proud of yourself...I am!

randee said...

turned out great & the shades were the finishing touch (& the chain cover, too)!

pink-to-green said...

Wow! This is a great project; the results are wonderful! Thank you again for all the nice comments on our my wedding posts on my blog this week! All the best,
Meg

Susan said...

Lo ~ it looks very cute. I guess this means you don't need those shades I might have somewhere in my basement??? Ha ha. Look for bead garland too when you're out and about. You can weave it throughout the bottom of the arms. I bought two strands at Pottery Barn years ago and love it! It's a good way to mix it up and gives it a little glamour. ;)

Jenglamgirl said...

love what you did, it looks great. Thanks for the visit too.

SuzSpeaks said...

It looks GREAT!!! I need to find me one of those!
Thanks for your visit to my blog today!

Amanda said...

It looks awesome! I had to do the same thing with my very fug lighting at my new house. I spray painted it and changed the light bulbs to another shape and everyone thought we'd bought a new one.

Marie said...

Hello Loralyn - what a great blog you have! I really like your chandy! So fabulous. The shades added the perfect touch! Lucky girl - I've been on the hunt for one and haven't found it yet. Thank you for sharing!

Blessings,
Marie
http://emmacallsmemama.com

Liz said...

this looks awesome! great job. your blog is so fun to read!