I knew updating the dining room chandelier would be at the top of the list before we even bought the house. It was just not my taste. I like oil-rubbed bronze in some places, but it was not going to work with my formal dining room concept. Of course buying new would be the easy solution, but I have other more important things to spend $250 on. Enter spray paint project 1 of 423.
A few coats of white glossy spray paint along with removing the horrid mauve toned glass shades made quite the difference. Long term I would love Edison lamps in this fixutre, but the ones I want are $9 each. $9x5=$45, and I'm not spending that just on 5 light bulbs right now. Plus, the candelabra lamps are growing on me.
Here is the dining room before we moved in:
|Dining Room Before: View From Stairs|
We are not done, but it may be a while before I spend the money on a buffet and new upholstered chairs. But here's the "progress". It's funny to me that I was the most unsure about the paint color here, and everyone that has come to my house has loved this color. I'm really happy with it, too! It's about 80% Sherwin Williams "Interesting Aqua" and 20% Martha Stewart "Flagstone" reduced to 50% intensity. I am still contemplating painting the oak banister and railing to white. I know the look would be right, but paint does not typically hold up as well as stain, and the railing gets all the abuse! If you can notice - I painted the wall mounted railing half way up the stairs. Like about 5 other things around the house, I'm going to live with it a little while and see what I think before proceeding.
|Dining Room Progress|
|Dining Room Progress: View From Stairs|