Wednesday, February 23, 2011
365 - 2/23/11
About once a month I get the itch to do something to the house. While my focus has definitely turned from house-stuff to my photography business, and of course our crazy-wild-on-the-go-boys, I still love a good house project. I've been eyeing what I consider to be our ugly-builder-grade chandelier for almost 2 years now. It was a fake bronzy color that doesn't even belong in a tanning booth. U-G-L-Y! I toyed with doing a safe black or nickel, and then thought, what they hay, let's paint it green! If I hate it I can either repaint it or get a new one. I didn't even take the chandelier down - I painted it while it hung from the ceiling. I paid for three bottles of crafters paint - .29c each, and a couple of sponge brushes - $2 worth of supplies! It took 3 coats, which I then proceeded to distress with a sandpaper block. I covered the table with an old sheet so we wouldn't be eating paint dust for the next year. It really was a super easy project.
At first I wasn't so sure about the color, but after I distressed it a bit I'm in love with it! It definitely "pops!" and really highlights the dining room. It adds to the "vintage-modern" (my words) look I'm going for in our home. Living in suburbia there are dozens of our house model out there, so I feel pretty strongly about trying to make it unique and different. I channel our 1932 Seattle house frequently, as that is the vibe I'd like to continue on this house. Harder to do since this house was built in a very modern 2001. But I'm working it as best I can. Relaxed. Comfortable. Vintage. But still with some sparkle and sass (no light sabers near my mercury glass collection puuu-leeeze!!)!
I think everyone deserves a home they love to be in. I truly, absolutely do love our house. I say it at least once a week to Shawn. I love it. It is our forever house and it will forever be undergoing some kind of transformation, big or small. Next up on my list - board and batten (have to talk Shawn into that one still)!