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DIY Project: Our Entry Hall Light

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.





windsor smith ocean front oceanfront beach house white blue striped upholstered sofa white walls glossy white floor white chandelier bedroom


massucco warner miller toile upholstered headboard bed daybed built in white tole chandelier faux bamboo turquoise painted wall



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:

entry light after 2

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.

entry light after


Have you ever repurposed something in your home that was meant for another room?  I’d love to hear some DIY success stories!

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