From UGLY to Tolerable

September 23rd, 2008 in member junk     
MimiToria Gretchen Schaumann, contributor
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This is how the light fixture turned out with a paint job and new glass globes.
Total cost $6.50
Another photo of the light fixture that was installed by me 14 years ago when we moved into our house.  I felt painting the old was a better choice than risking electrocuting myself.  Ha! Ha!
Still looking for different bambo type blinds for this room, but havent found the right size yet.  Hate the popcorn ceilings, but theyll have to stay for now
This is how the light fixture turned out with a paint job and new glass globes.
Total cost $6.50

This is how the light fixture turned out with a paint job and new glass globes.

Total cost $6.50

So, I was doing some redecorating in our kitchen, such as I layed a new linoleum tile floor, painted walls, painted 4 vintage chairs, cabinet and table.  I also tiled the top of the table and trimmed it with wood.  The end result was an inexpensive upgrade for about $125 for flooring & paint, but the light fixture was totally 1980's.  Yuck!  It has been 15 years since I did wiring and didn't feel comfortable doing it now, so decided to hand paint the existing brass light fixture (shiny gold) and bought 3 new light shades in an amber color ($1.99 each clearanced out).  I primed the light first and than painted it entirely with black paint to match the furniture colors.  Wahla!  A $6.50 makeover.

Pattern or design used: My own design
posted in: member junk, metal, black, light fixture

Comments (6)

MimiToria writes: Yeah Lanette. THere are lots of things I could do, but right now I'm about wore out. I still have to finish painting the living room + accent wall in there, redo our master bedroom, paint the bathroom, etc. We are currently in the middle of redoing a huge bedroom in the basement for Emily, so all of my projects have come to a standstill with re-decorating. There aren't enough hours in the days to finish it all when you are the one doing it all.
As for the cabinets. I saw both Debbie's (just the beginning of her project) and Lori's at their open houses and like what they've done. I haven't convinced my dh that it is a good idea yet. He just isn't into the white cabinet deal, but yet loves the white at the cabin. Go figure! Posted: 4:57 pm on September 24th
CottageElements writes: Gretchen, I think you need to paint your cupboards! Debbie (from the Barn) painted hers and they look awesome. Hers were oak and she painted them white and what a makeover that makes! You'll have to ask her about it. As to blinds, have you checked Lowes? I bought nice blinds from them that they cut to fit for me. They were the ones in my bedroom that are two inch white wood looking blinds. They're pretty cheap. Check 'em out! Posted: 4:30 pm on September 24th
MimiToria writes: Thanks for all of your nice comments. I have posted the table now, but don't have a real before photo of the Ugly beast, and will have to take a completed photo to add later.
The kitchen redo was really a small makeover, no remodeling was done with an exception of me laying the new flooring. I still have the same old appliances and cabinets. Tried to change out the hardware, but with the 1980's oak cabinets the ivory knobs looked better than the black new ones I had bought. The new wall color made them fit in, so let the knobs as is Posted: 8:26 am on September 24th
suewhitney writes: I know exactly what this fixture looked like before you started. I am a product of the 80s, big hair and all! Amazing, and all for $'re a master!

Be well,
Sue Posted: 1:00 am on September 24th
piecesofthepast writes: Any chance we could get you to post some pictures of your other renovated kitchen projects? We'd love to see your handy work!! Posted: 10:18 pm on September 23rd
CottageElements writes: Great job on taken a worn out chandelier and making it like new and for almost no cost. That's what's great about this type of decorating. Can be done on a nearly none existent budget. I'd love to see a picture of your table though. Never tried tiling and it intimidates me a little. Thanks again!

Lanette Posted: 9:42 pm on September 23rd
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