Welcome to my $5 office chandelier makeover.
When I wrote my first post of 2016 I shared a little about my design style and my inspiration board for my office. So today I want to tell you all about my chandelier makeover.
So here’s my builder grade light. You can clearly see why I might be longing for something different. Personally, I think these lights should be banned around the world. They are not visually appealing and the light they provide is almost non-existent. But do you love these beams the way I do?
By now you know I am crazy about French style decor. I had visions of a chandelier dripping in the french gold paint with lots of crystals. I shopped online and poked around my local thrift stores and I just couldn’t find one for less than $125 which was more than I was willing to pay.
I quickly realized the one I paid $5 for that has been sitting in my garage for 2 years would do just fine. The only problem is the color, silver just.won’t.do.
So I did what any self-respecting DIY’er would do and searched on Pinterest for chandelier makeover ideas. I must have changed my mind at least 10 times.
I thought about all white.
Then I thought about gold.
I asked my blogging buddies what they thought.
I actually bought a can of oil rubbed bronze spray paint and a ceiling medallion to match. I thought I could “french” it up with some gold shimmer wax.
For a couple of months I really thought that was the direction I was heading in but the longer I pondered this I realized I just wasn’t in love.
So I kept searching and waiting for the color inspiration that would shout “pick me”!
Then I found this verdigris finish chandelier makeover tutorial. The search was over!!! This would give me the pop of color I was craving to stand out in front of my wall of built- ins that are very dark.
You may know the word verdigris actually means the green of Greece and refers to the blue/green patina that occurs on a copper or bronze surface when exposed to the elements over time. I didn’t until I researched it.
I know what you are thinking…”your chandelier is silver, so how do you intend to create a verdigris finish”? I was thinking the same thing but I decided not to let this small detail defeat me.
The tutorial I read used acrylic paints, a glaze, and other items I didn’t have on hand.
My answer to the verdigris conundrum was…milk paint. I wanted a blue/green kind of crusty finish and milk paint can be very crusty unless you sand it smooth.
So here’s my version of how to create a faux verdigris finish using supplies I already had on hand.
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Here’s what I used:
Zinsser water based primer (white)
Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint in Kitchen Scale (this color is already on 3 pieces in my office)
In order to get the crusty look, I decided to coat my chandelier first using Zinsser primer. I used a foam craft brush and it didn’t take long at all.
I knew the next layer needed to be Boxwood but as you can see in the picture it is much darker than kitchen scale. It is a beautiful green that has a strong yellow undertone. I knew this would need to be toned down so I decided to experiment.
I started with 3 tablespoons of Boxwood and one tablespoon at a time I added in Kitchen Scale until I finally had a winner. The final recipe was 3 tablespoons Boxwood to 5 tablespoons Kitchen Scale. I am calling my custom color “verdigris.” It’s the color on the left.
Next, I used this spouncer brush to gently dab my paint on.
You can see all the bubbles, drips, and runs this technique created.
I have to say I was really
surprised shocked how well it turned out.
I love how you can see little peeks of white, green, and blue. I decided not to seal it or do anything else because I was really happy with how crusty it turned out.
I was basking in the glory of my verdigris triumph when I realized the ceiling medallion I purchased was rubbed bronze finish and I completely forgot about the silver chain.
The idea of painting a chain to match the finish just didn’t seem like my idea of fun so the alternative was to make a cover!!!!!!!!! If you read my no sew drop cloth curtain post then you know already how I feel about sewing.
I rummaged through my fabric stash and found what looked like may have been a sheet in a former life. So I cut my fabric and stitched it up by hand!!!! (anything to avoid getting that sewing machine out)
And I painted the medallion with white primer.
I need to give my husband a huge shout out for hanging what he is now calling “the glamdelier” in the dark, while wearing a headlamp. This post wouldn’t be possible without him and I am willing to overlook his comment that he thought the “sock” (his word for cover) should have been the same fabric as my drop cloth curtains.
And that I should have painted the medallion and the candle covers the same color as the glamdelier.
And now you finally know why I refer to him as “my silent partner” because he is anything but silent. The funny thing is I actually agree with him. But for now, it will stay just as it is.
You have probably figured out by now I am not a professional photographer and trying to get blog-worthy shots was a challenge.
I kinda love it. In fact sometimes, I just walk in the room and turn it on just so I can gaze at it.
So tell me what you think…am I able to add faux finisher to my resume’?
Next up, I will be shopping my house for items to style the built- ins that are the bane of my existence.
But for now, I am just going to enjoy the glow of my glamdelier previously known as the chandelier makeover.
Ciao for now
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