Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Painting a Chandelier

The titles of my posts are the least creative thing about me.

Anyway, yesterday, I spent the day working on a couple of projects for a client, one of which was tweaking the metallic color on a chandelier. Here is what she was working with before:

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A very pretty chandelier, in a very pretty, elegant, and stylish room - except that gold was a lllliiiiittle too gold. More on the yellow side.

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Too yellow. No bueno.

So, in I came, to tone it down a bit. We thought an antiqued silver would be much prettier in this space - see all the silver that is on the shelves?

I used two types of metallic craft paint to achieve the look I wanted:

Folk Art's Metallic Pearl White and Anita's Silver paint. I like the Pearl White because it's more of a true silver, and I liked the Anita's for this project, because it's more of a pewter. I mixed and matched them until I got what I liked.

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After I let the metallic layer dry, I went in with brown glaze and dirtied it up a bit. Here is the final result:

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Much calmer!
(and much cheaper than buying a new light fixture)

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So much better in the space, don't you think?

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14 comments:

  1. MUCH more cohesive with the look of the room. And that is a fantastic room, by the way!

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  2. Do you ever feel like it's crazy to be in some of your client's homes? My hubby used to paint professionally and some of the houses they worked on were huge/insane/gorgeous!

    Oh, and not to be creepy, but I had a dream with you in it last night! LOL. You were living with your hubby and your brother (inspired by an episode of the Office last night) and you had met my mother-in-law who is CRAZY (both in the dream & in real life.) Later we went grocery shopping together and we were buying cat food and talking about how all of us living together would work out. Don't ask me!

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  3. Tracey - that is crazy!!! haha...it must be a full moon, I had weird dreams last night, too!!! :)

    Thanks, everyone!

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  4. So much better than before! Great job, this is such a pretty room!
    Xoxo
    Sara

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  5. Is there anything that you can't paint? :) Looks great!

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  6. Elisa stole my line! "Is there anything you can't better?"

    You are so seriously talented. Destiny

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  7. What an amazing job. The light looks so much better 'less gold'!

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  8. I didn't wanna like it because I love gold.

    But.

    I loved it. Perfect with the room. Exactly what it needed.

    You are so smaht.

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  9. I love your treatment of that light. Gorgeous room and you just made it so much better.

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  10. Love what the paint job did for the room! Also in love with the painting on the mantelpiece! Anyone know the name of the piece or artist?

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