I love my house. 5 years ago, when Shay and I were looking for a house, we must have seen about 20 different houses, and the only one that made me go “GASP” was this house. Oddly enough, we didn’t even want to see this house as the pictures we saw before hand made us both go “EWW”, but when we walked through it, and out to the backyard, this, is what we saw.
Yep. It’s a Weeping Willow. For so many reasons, the Weeping Willow is my favorite tree, and when we saw this one, we just knew – the way you just know things – that this was the house for us. The “GASP” was the indicator. Incidentally, I have a long history with the Weeping Willow – there is story involving me and a Weeping Willow in the front yard of my Grandparents house at about age three, after a long camping trip. I won’t share. But, if you ever meet my cousin, Cindy, she will!
It’s the chandelier in the dining room. It’s an ever so subtle gasp, but it happens about five times a day, when I happen to look up at the chandelier in the dining room and remember that it does not match the rest of the room. As I explained the other day during my Spring Fever outbreak, every thing in my home is either shiny brass (eww, on it’s own) or aged bronze. For some reason, this chandelier is shiny nickel. Actually, I lied, the light in my foyer is also nickel.. but that is another project. Recently, I changed out the globes for clear from frosted white, which has made a significant difference.. but it’s just not enough.
It irks me. The way that a slightly picture hanging ever so slightly crooked would irk you. It’s only slightly, but it’s still irks me. After five years, I’ve been irked by this particular chandelier daily. Obviously I could have done something about it earlier – I could have bought a new one, but there wasn’t anything particularly wrong with this one.. it was just the wrong color. This is not the ONLY problem in this room, but it is the most obvious and easy to fix! So, this week, enough was enough, and I finally decided to do something about it. So, like most things like that… I did. And, I’m SO glad I did.
For this project I used:
Rub n Buff in Ebony
Rub n Buff in Spanish Copper
Rustoleum American Accents Satin – in Espresso
Rustoleum Satin – in Black Netallic
I initially tried to apply the rub n buff without painting, but the finish is too translucent, and all I ended up with was something similar to a dirty shiny nickel – not what I was going for. So, I took the lamp down (yes, I tried applying the rub n buff without removing the lamp from the ceiling), and decided to paint first. I applied two full coat of espresso, being sure to also paint the outer part of the light sockets and the collars used to attach the globes, which were both a bright white ceramic. I wanted the finished lamp to look vintage and I also planned to use vintage style light bulbs, as well as clear glass globes, so the white would be noticeable.
When the espresso coat was dry, I applied a very light, almost spotty, coat of the black metallic, allowing the espresso to show through and blending the two colors. Again, I let this dry.
Finally, using an old sock, I applied first the spanish copper rub n buff evenly, followed by a spot application of the rub n buff ebony, just for definition.
When dry, I rehung the lamp, added my vintage style bulbs, added the clear glass globes and voila! In less than a day, and no more than a few hours – most of which was drying time – I had a new lamp from the old! I just love the variation that the rub n buff gives that I wouldn’t have achieved with spray paint alone.
Never underestimate the power of spray paint – especially when rub n buff is part of the deal!
I’m so happy to be seeing the light, and “GASP”ing happily – over my Willow Tree AND my dining room chandelier!