Hi there! Today, a little light fixture makeover that made a big difference in my room.
This project is kinda fun in that there are two 'before' versions. Here's the story.
In my rustic Tuscon adobe house, there's a natural-log loft above the living room. The two fixtures under there were not right at all! But I wasn't sure what I wanted, so for years there they hung, looking like Cutesy and Kitsch (two of the lesser-known Dwarfs).
BEFORE, PART I:
See what I mean? Meh. Not terrible, but just not in harmony with the wood elements.
Then recently, I found a couple of potentially nice, mass-produced fixtures on sale.
BEFORE, PART II
Hmm...maybe! I liked the curvy branch base and the dark bronze color. My hopes were high and I bought them. My husband installed one, I stood back to look, and...
NOPE NOPE NOPE. I hated it! The ruffly glass mini-shades looked like those other guys, Silly and Wimpo. And too starkly pale against the wood.
My poor long suffering husband took it down. I almost marched those fixtures right back to the store. Then I had a crafty little thought.
I took the glass shades off and hung them up outside. Grabbed some dark bronze colored spray paint...
They got about four thin coats of paint. Plus a light blast on the inside.
Now check out what a difference it made!
It almost looks like the shades are made of the fixture's bronze wrought iron, doesn't it? I think it is awwwesome. (And for realsies, it looks like it cost way more than I paid.)
Tip: if you're using hot incandescent bulbs, you should probably use a high heat spray paint (although colors are very limited with those), OR use glass paint from a craft/art supply store. But for modern, low wattage bulbs, a basic good quality spray paint works just fine.
Have any of you ever tried painting a glass shade? It never occurred to me before, but now it's definitely something I'm going to have fun with. Point me to the nearest boring tulip shade and stand back!