i have a chandelier in nearly every room of my house. i just l-o-v-e chandies. truth be known, i would prefer nineteenth century fo-real crystal and gold leaf, but since the $ gravy train seems to have ended for hubby and i back in the eighties….i shall be content with making my own. DIY blog land has turned my little life upside- down. i can take a basic lighting fixture and create something anthropology-ish. really, the sky is the limit. trouble is, i have now run out of ceiling space.
this fixture began as the standard dining room lighting fixture in our home 15 years ago. 10 years ago, i moved it to the living room, painted it bronze, slapped some miniature shades on , and it was passable. but now…. it fits more with the vibe of our home. a little bit vintage. a little bit funky, a little bit more suggestive of a wannabe artist (that would be me).
Granny B. , my 101 year old Grandmother gave me this dresser almost 30 years ago. It was the first piece of furniture I ever attempted to restore. Scott and I had it in each apartment when we lived in Williamsburg, Virginia, Raleigh and Wake Forest, N.C, then clear out to Chicago, Illinois where we lived a short 14 months. As I recall, it was one of t w o pieces of “bedroom” furniture we owned. Fast forward to Greensboro, N.C. (with a brief one year stay in Elkin, N.C.), Lane Scott came home for Thanksgiving break to find this dresser, which she claimed about 10 years ago, bright red.
One night, a dear friend visited my home to see a few pieces of furniture I had finished . When she spotted the dark wood buffet I have had for years, she asked me if I would also paint that. I never thought about painting a piece I adored in it’s original “form”. I am not sure what my reply to Dorothy was that night, but within 45 minutes of her leaving, I pulled out the Annie Sloan Old White Chalk paint and finished painting the buffet/sideboard in less than 2 hours. The following week I tweaked the hardware (from gold to silver to antique gold to black to….old white), and played around with clear and dark wax until I found it’s best look . The new paint transformed this sideboard from average to chic.
Paint it! I saw a cover of “House Beautiful” a couple months ago with a dining table very similar to mine, painted charcoal grey. I saved the picture and decided to try and replicate the color and finish on my table. After several different shades of grey, I finally manipulated blending a couple of different grey colors and then blending with clear and dark wax. I hand sanded between every single layer. I do not recommend doing this inside of your house (like i did)….especially if you have light cabinets, carpet, walls and trim (like I do.) I accrued quite a bit of dark grey dust which turns black when trying to clean up (like i have).
I sold off the-matching-typical-suburbia-cherry-finish-queen-anne-style-dining-chairs at my yard sale a few weeks back. Last year, I found two club chairs on Craigslist, purchased two dark brown wicker chairs from Pier One, and also found two Hollywood-glam type chairs I had reupholstered (red chair project).
S l o w l y . The dining room is coming together. What I liked yesterday, I probably won’t care for tomorrow….eventually, it will evolve into a space I love. For years, I played by decorating rules. I was too insecure as I was finding “MY” particular style. But now, I go with my gut. if I like something, I will make it work….somewhere.
i love this table. i have no place in my home for another piece of furniture but that has not kept me from cramming it into my very small foyer. i thrifted this table for a pittance. the owner said he thought the table had been in a fire (it did smell a little bit like cookout drive thru). the unattractive linoleum glued to the top almost made me change my mind. but after a few hours of power sanding, a few coats of paint and wax, it is one of my favorite pieces.
a friend of mine , holly, asked if i could take this buffet from white (still looking for the “before” picture) to an antique look black finish. holly has a beautiful home, exquisitely good taste in all-things-fashion-and-anything-for-that-matter, so i wanted to morph a fairly new piece into a buffet with old southern charm. i painted several coats of antique black, clear waxing between each coat, hand-distressing, antique black rubbing with brown undertones, dark waxed, then clear coated and poly’ed for a worn feel. i changed out the hardware finishing it with a gold leaf, then distressed and clear waxed …again.
An old lamp. Some fabric to recover the shade. A bag full of Polly Pockets. And a glue gun.
Funky or scary…your call.