I’m in the depths of a tile crisis and can barely think of anything else, but I’m determined not to post about it until I see how it resolves.
About this other chandelier, don’t assume anything. It is not my taste.
I bought it planning to clean it up, paint it pink and hang it in Flufferella’s bathroom. Then the electrician told me the bathroom was too small for a hanging fixture, and Kent told me he wanted to convert all my sconces and this bathroom chandelier into surround sound/security for the home, and somehow I gave in. No bathroom chandelier for the princess.
Okay, so I’ve spent $25 on this chandelier from Craigslist already. Maybe I can make it usable for the music room. Singers are gaudy, right? I removed the little knobs that hold on the crystals, took off all the beading and bobeches, wiped everything down and began my spray paint test.
I tried three spray paints.
Brushed nickel: Ew. It just looks like silver spray paint. Ew. Plus the wrought iron of the chandelier isn’t smooth enough to be convincing as brushed nickel. Plus brushed nickel is so over.
Hammered pewter. I believe the name is hinting that you’d have to be hammered to believe this was made out of pewter. It looks better in the picture than it did in real life.
And satin black. Even when it was wet, everyone agreed this was the least of the evils, so I sprayed the whole thing. I gave it a few coats, waiting half an hour in between. Then I waited another hour, turned it upside down and started that side. I also took care to spray the little knobs that hold the beads on as well as the chain.
In between coats, I washed the crystals and bobeches (those wax catchers under the candle parts) in warm soapy water and wiped them down with an ammonia spray.
I let everything dry overnight, then reattached the jewelry.
I think it looks better, but it is still really far from my style. And I’m afraid it would make the music room look like a cheap bordello. Since I only like my house to look like an extremely expensive bordello, this would never do.
Flufferella loved it, of course. “It looks like one of those lights the rich people used to have like we look at online.” “You mean on houzz.com?” “Yeah, it looks like one of their lights.” This tears my heart and makes me wish I’d put my foot down and insisted this darling child get a chandelier in her little bathroom.
What to do? It would have been awesome as a pink chandelier in a little girls room, am I wrong?
I’m considering spray painting it pink and trying to recoup my original investment via Craigslist. I’m only out $25, but I need all twenty five of them.