One of my Pinterest boards is of light fixtures. I’m sure it probably sounds weird to some of you, but I love to look at beautiful light fixtures. There is an amazing array of taste when it comes to lighting, but I imagine there is still something for everyone.
I like to shop for light fixtures at Goodwill and online. Craigslist is a great place to get them because they are usually inexpensive, but in perfect shape. Sometimes it just takes a little imagination to see how a light fixture can be altered to suit your own tastes.
Take this chandelier for instance.
Although it isn’t the exact one I bought on CL, it looks almost identical to it. I’m using the one in this picture because I forgot to take a shot of the one I bought. Mine was less dusty. And only $20!
I loved the swoopy lines of the arms. It was exactly what I was looking for in our mudroom. Just needed a little TLC. I spray painted it (Rustoleum Heirloom White of course since I have extra cans) outside on a board. Touched it up after 30 minutes or so and let it dry.
Here’s how it looked afterwards. When spray painting a light fixture, remember to remove the bulbs and those little sleeves that fit over the candlesticks. They just pull right off.
A few weeks ago, Mrs. Noot brought me a box with several leftover chandelier crystals she had found. She let me have as many as I wanted!
I love her.
I knew they would be perfect on this chandelier, so Glenn drilled 3 holes in the cups of each of the arms, and then Alix and I just hooked the crystals into the holes! The first picture shows the crystals a little more clearly-
While this shot shows how pretty it looks when lit up -
Next up are these little guys I found early this summer at GW. They were $5 each! They didn’t come with glass or anything, and they were a little tarnished, but I thought they might work over the future bench in the mudroom.
I used some of Martha Stewart’s Gilded Brass, which is a liquid that you paint on with a paintbrush. It is similar to a liquid gold leaf. After 10 minutes or so, they were ready.
The glass globes are some I found at Lowes. I took the sconces with me when I went to pick them out, so I could be sure which ones I liked the best. There is quite a variety of these types of globes, or whatever you call them, and it helped me a lot to have the sconces with me. These were very inexpensive and simple. And I thought the lines on the glass looked good with the lines on the base and the support of the sconces. Ta da! Our ballroom…er.. mudroom, I mean!
Last one! This light fixture was the easiest one yet! It was already here when we bought the house. I just didn’t like where it was or how the globes looked. But I thought the overall lines of the fixture itself were pretty. No problem!
I’m sure at this point it doesn’t take much guessing for you to figure out what I did! Well, you’re right! Heirloom White to the rescue!
I bought some chandelier light bulbs and more of those glass globes. And now I think it makes the perfect light fixture for our bedroom closet! Don’t you agree? Looks like a completely different light fixture.
For the laundry room and master bathroom, I used chandeliers that had been in the girls’ rooms in a previous house. I’m very happy with them!
I’m sorry this shot of the laundry room is so dark – but at least you can see the chandelier!
Ok, I can’t help myself. I have to tell you the story about when Glenn hung this chandelier for me.
He stood in the middle of the room and held it up, asking me how high I wanted it to hang. When I told him where I thought it looked best, he said it was going to be low. For whom? I walked right under it and didn’t come close to bumping my head.
Me: I think it’s fine.
Glenn: Well, ok, but then I guess I won’t be coming in here much!
Me: In the laundry room? You were planning to come in the laundry room a lot?
Glenn (smiling): I do laundry!
Me: You do? Laundry? Hmmm… well I’ll take my chances. That is the perfect height for the chandelier.
And it is.