DIY Project: Our Entry Hall Light
I’ve been on the hunt for an inexpensive light for our baby girl’s room. I figured I could find a cheap chandelier and spray paint it white, sort of a shabby chic look.
But because our ceilings are low in the baby’s room, I knew couldn’t purchase a hanging chandelier – I needed something that basically hugged the ceiling.
When I spotted this light ON SALE for $99 I thought “a-HA!”:
The perfect light to spray paint white! You’d never be able to tell the light had….um…olives on it.
When the fixture came in the mail, I was stunned to see that this thing is HUGE. I mean HUGE! It looked so weird and out of proportion in the baby’s room.
NO WAY we could use this light. But hey what about in our entry way?? I made my husband test it out….
He thought I was crazy, and probably worried that I was suddenly going to have a strange Tuscan theme going in our house. But I had something else in mind…
Ever heard of Rub n’ Buff? This stuff is awesome!
Rub n’ Buff is a “wax metallic paste” that can be spread on metal, wood, ceramics – and it gives a lustrous finish. There are tons of colors – in my case, I wanted an antiqued gold look. I’ve been so inspired by all of these successful “Rub n’ Buff” projects on various blogs, so I just had to try it out.
We started by spray painting the fixture black to give a nice, uniform background.
Then, using a fan brush I found on Amazon, I slowly started applying the Rub n’ Buff, trying to let the black show through so it didn’t result in a “bling bling Vegas gold” look.
Ta da! The finished product:
Nice and flush against the ceiling, so it clears our front door (phew!).
So hard to see the full effect from a photo (darn it!), but it fits the space so nicely. It’s unique enough to lend a little interest but it doesn’t stand out too much…and the price was right! Pretty much all I could ever ask for.
Have you ever repurposed something in your home that was meant for another room? I’d love to hear some DIY success stories!