Wednesday, October 26, 2016

If you don't like it, paint it

Lately I've been on a bit of a refinishing kick, so I thought I'd show you a couple things I've been working on.

I REALLY disliked these chandelier shades

but I couldn't find any that I really loved. So I decided to paint them.

NOTE 1 -- According to Martha Stewart it can be done. If Martha says it, it must be true, right?

NOTE 2 -- I was leery of the potential fire hazard that might occur so I did not paint the inside of the shades.

Here's how they turned out:

(In case you're wondering why you can see part of a UPC code, it's because I stuck the shades on water bottles while I painted them.)

(Left one shade a little crooked so that there's a view of the underside.)

I still don't love it (then again, I don't like brass) but it's an improvement.

I wish I'd taken a decent BEFORE shot of this desk, but hopefully you'll get an idea of how dark it was. What you can't see is how banged up the veneer was and how dingy the once brass-colored handles were.

Now it looks like this:

I'm THRILLED with the way this turned out.

It's the original hardware, but I used nickel-colored spray paint on it and it made all the difference.

Tell me Killer Friends: 

Is there anything you'd like to give a facelift? 
Is there anything you've refinished that you'd like to share?  
Or do you think I'm totally nuts for spending hours on this kind of stuff when it would be quicker to just buy new?


B.E. Sanderson said...

They look awesome! I love buying old things. Making them new? Ya know, I always think of projects I could do, but I never seem to want to make the time to do the projects. I have two old chairs and a stool that I bought with the idea of re-upholstering them. And there they sit in their old, shabby upholstery. LOL

I may be quicker to buy new, but it's cheaper to refurbish and then you get something the way you want it that's totally yours.

Sandy Parks said...

Wonderful projects and they turned out great. I happen to love the color you chose for both. I like the way you shined up the handles. Could you put a metallic silver spray on the brass since you don't like it? Make it match the handles?

Karyn Good said...

Those turned out great! I have a lampshade I was going to cover with fabric but now I'm thinking paint is the way to go! I also have my grandmother's buffet that I'm thinking about painting.