Once I had all my Christmas decorations up, I decided that I needed to make a change in my dining room decor. And of course I wanted it done before Christmas or at least before our family party which
because we were too slow picking a date before Christmas is going to be an OLD CHRISTMAS celebration in January. This How to Update a Chandelier is such an easy DIY.
Like many living rooms, especially those built in the 70’s, there is no overhead light fixture. I have two floor lamps and two table lamps and I use the entry overhead light and the dining room chandelier to illuminate my living room, since they are all one long room.
A while back, I decided that I wanted to add green shades to this chandelier and I tried to buy some, but colored ones were WAY expensive! So I purchased boring beige ones and painted them. It worked great!
I really love the green shades, but sometimes you just need a change. My sofa is a deep blue, which I love but I’m not totally happy with the whole look of my living room, so I’ve been researching rooms with blue sofas to find out what I need to do to tweak it more to my liking. Pinterest is my best home decorating friend. I found a few ideas, but this was one seemed like a quick and easy upgrade.
So now I have decided to go with dark blue shades with a gold lining, and repainting is the obvious solution. The green paint was watered down quite thin when I painted so it was more of a wash than it was a coat of paint. These shades are fabric so I thought that it would be better to use the thinned down paint so that it would soak into the fabric.
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This time I would be covering up the green so I decided to still water down the paint, but only a tiny bit. I felt like I wanted and needed more coverage so I only added a splash of water. The shades are made with silk fabric so it doesn’t soak in like it would on cotton, or if you had paper shades. I bought two shades of blue. The Tulip Royal Blue was much too light in color, but the Apple Barrel Real Navy was perfect!
After one coat of blue wash, I could still see too much green, so I added a second coat, which I only watered down with a couple of drops of water just to make it spread easier. The second coat did the trick. I am in love with the new blue shades. Although I also wonder what they’d look like with a coat of straight paint (no water added), which I might try later.
Now for the inside. I bought some Folk Art pure gold metallic paint to try, but to get the results that I want, I may have to use gold leaf. But first, the paint.
Two coats of this metallic paint did the trick! It gives a unique warm glow when the lights are on and the gold color is elegant with the lights are off.
This new look is much more elegant and refined with a dash of pizzazz! That’s what I call perfection.
If you’d like to see more cottagey home decor updates, you might like How to Add Cottage Style.