Thursday, October 2, 2014

Day 2: dining room chandelier re-do


Have you ever started a DIY project without any idea where you’re headed?

Welcome to my chandelier paint job.

When I first painted my dining room BM’s Kendall Charcoal, I envisioned a vintage crystal chandelier dangling inside the smoky gray walls. But the one I crated from Sacramento has a broken arm from the move, plus it’s really too small for the space.


(on my wish list)

So until I find the right replacement I’m stuck with the dark chandelier that came with the house.

And  I wasn’t in love with my options. At first I planned on painting it a creamy light taupe color with a white undercoat that would show through in the sanded spots.

But honestly, painting this chandelier took way more time than I planned and I stopped after a few coats of white chalky paint. And since this isn’t a keeper I’m ok with it.



As a side note, you can probably see from these pictures, I’m having a hard time adjusting my camera to the poor lighting in this room. There are so many new things to get used to in this new house, and one of them is the lack of natural light.


I only have one window in here. 





I ended up being pleased with this brand of paint I picked up at Home Depot.


It did leave a chalky finish that I liked, but you had to watch for clumps. And I did use a spray can of satin paint for the chain and ceiling plate.

  This is the moment when I toyed with sanding some of the finish off to highlight the dark undertones but I quickly decided against it. I’m still hoping to replace this soon.



I used white plastic garbage bags to tape it off.

The lazy girl’s guide to painting.


Almost finished…



(Honestly, I probably could’ve used a spray can and you wouldn’t know the difference).


Although I’m not sure I’d buy a white chandelier, I’m liking this color so much more with this paint color than the darker version.

now it’s on to my walls….

thanks for joining me on Day 2 of my little adventure!






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ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

I love the white with the dark the pretty centerpiece you created on your table too!!

Unknown said...

Luv8ng the contrast of the matte white fin8sh with the dark wall.

Karen said...

I love the chandelier. The room looks great with its new gray suit. Our dining room is probably one of the darkest rooms in our home and since I like to take pictures of table settings for my blog, it creates a challenge. I've been thinking of making some of those light reflecting panels! :-)

Unknown said...

I like it! And I'm with you about spray painting this type of thing, you really can't tell the difference.

Donna@anangloinquébec said...

Oh looks like that was a good decision. Uh...can I just, love lOVE the chandelier in the first image. Wow-za.

Leslie said...

Hi Leslie! I like your creativity here and the chandelier turned out beautifully. There's no doubt that will be (more than;) fine until you buy what's on your wish list. I love the idea of grey walls in a home. In fact we just painted our new home a light grey .. throughout, with white trim. I know what you mean about lack of natural lighting. In the process of re-building this 30 year old house, it's interesting how structure design has changed over the years. This home lacked light and had too many walls so we've opened everything up with a vaulted ceiling with windows everywhere and removed walls for a great room feeling. It makes such a difference when things are open and light!

I hope you are settling in Leslie. I've missed blogging so much but living in a construction zone makes it too difficult to focus. I am typing with a jack hammer in the background.... oh dear me.....


Patty said...

I think the white chandy is beautiful! Of course, the one on your wish list is out of this world.

cindy hattersley design said...

This is hilarious! You sound like me making too much work out of something I have no intention of keeping...and...are you ready for this one...we had that exact same chandelier hanging in our lake house when we moved in. I didn't have the guts to tackle it. By the way the room looks absolutely ethereal. Is there a gallery wall in your future?!!!

Gypsy Heart said...

Yes, the white does look great against the dark walls...which I LOVE!! What about getting some of those crystals that attach with a magnet? That might make you feel more "glitzy" until you find the perfect chandy.


michele said...

love that you painted this! your dream chandelier is amazing and similar to a sweden made vintage one my mom has. i will covet it always! just catching up on my blog reading and so happy to see you posting. time to dig in!

Debra@CommonGround said...

Looks fabulous, especially with those wonderful dark gray walls, Leslie! Now you can take your time to find that permanent over the top replacement. Knowing that you can paint a light fixture truly has changed my life! te he

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

I love the deep dark moody color on the wall and the lighter chandelier provides a great contrast! Small simple fixes can make a huge impact. And the chandelier on your wish list, well that is a beauty!

Julie Taylor and Danni Greenwalt said...

The chandelier looks great idea and I love the gray should join The One Room Calling It Home

Marilyn said...

The contrast is lovely. The chandelier turned out great and I am really loving that color!

Marilyn (in Dallas)

Sarah said...

Love the gray walls and the way your took the drapes across the entire wall. It looks stunning!

Sheepskinsandfairylights said...

Leslie..... I love it, it should be a keeper!
I'm looking forward to seeing you design process over the coming months, you've done so much already! Xx

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