Best ten bucks at Goodwill ever spent.
This little chandelier was begging for me to take it home. Because after it got down on it’s little brassy knees and convinced me that I indeed needed this light fixture, that it was worth salvaging from this place of cat figurines and stuffed animals that smell like real animals (only deceased ones) and posters of wizards zapping what looks like planet Saturn’s moon, I shelled out the ten bones to the checkout lady. I did. I spent hard core cash on this bad boy. So it gets this award.
Although I have to admit, my darling boyfriend didn’t agree at first. He just didn’t see the potential.
The plan? Oil Rubbed Bronze spraypaint (or ORB as Sherry puts it).
The hard part? Taping each little window pane…that’s 8 on top and 8 on bottom – both inside and outside – for a grand total of 32 windows panes.
We hung up the fixture using an old hanger and Will’s swing chain. Yup…he still hates it so he didn’t mind.
I used Rustoleum brand – it looks most like authentic oil rubbed bronze to me. And I’ve tried a few other ORB spraypaints…and they come out looking like dark brown or too black or too silvery.
See how it shimmers just a smidgen? That is what makes this so authentic to me.
Sorry Mother Earth.
And here she is after my spraypaint job. It took several days because I would spray the outside, then let it dry, then turn it upside down to spray the inside (hey gravity is a great assistant and I need all the help I can get). That’s coat one. And I did two and a half. Also, when I took the tape off, there were some areas that peeled the paint off the brass part too…so I used Kate‘s cap trick. Basically you just spray some paint into the cap and then use a little tiny brush to touchup any mistakes.
I also knew exactly where I wanted to put my ten dollar fixture…
yup…this is the little hallway between the master closets…complete with hanging boob light. Must have been a breastfeeder 🙂
And now it looks more, well, expensive than a saggy boob. You can quote me on that.
You may also notice that there is a ceiling plate now…whereas my fixture didn’t have one before. We had a spare white one in our stash…so I just gave that a good coat of spray paint too.
My favorite part is the fact that the arched glass top mimics the arch of the doorway. Small pleasures people, small pleasures.
Another small pleasure? Turning the light on. Specifically the way the light refracts onto the ceiling.
Firework ceiling. Makes me wanna sing Oh Say Can You Seeeeee?!?! Thank goodness this isn’t a vlog…because let’s face it, my singing skills are close to my speling skils.
So that’s it folks…a quickie light fixture switcheroo…all for ten buckeroos.
So what’s the best ten greenbacks you have ever spent at Goodwill?
update: Laura asked for a before/after shot – and of course, I am to please….sometimes….