I am hopelessly addicted to home decor and doing things myself. My other addiction is Pinterest. My only saving grace with Pinterest is that I have been a lot more productive with projects around the house this past year, except for all the time I spend
wasting educating myself with Pinterest. Hence,
Welcome to my sad little pendant light that has hung over our kitchen sink for the past few years.
Since we recently changed our chandelier over our kitchen table, it just wasn’t gee-hawing. Is that a word? I found a clear replacement shade at Lowes for $10.00, but it had this cheap texture to the inside of it that was partially chipped off. I probably could have scraped it off with my fingernail, but instead, I coated the inside with Citristrip paint remover.
Yes, I am subjecting my poor Purdy-reject paint brush to this mess. After cleaning the shade, I sprayed the inside with one coat of the Krylon’s Looking Glass spray paint. I used a water misting bottle and and lightly misted where I had just painted. I let this dry for about an hour. With one coat of paint, it looked like this.
Not terrible, but it was too transparent and “runny looking” (that’s the only way I know how to describe it). I didn’t want to see the bulb. After 2 more light coats to the inside of the shade and skipping the water, it was perfect!
*I’ve only used this light with the energy saving bulbs that don’t produce much heat. I’m not sure how it will do using regular incandescent bulbs.*
Before I proceed with, “Honey, look what I did!”, I like to find something comparable on the Internet so I can show my husband how much money we saved. In this instance, I spent $18.00 for the shade and paint. The pendants I had originally fell in love with are almost $400.00! Have you tried painting anything with the faux mercury glass spray paint yet?
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