Ever feel like cool, home decor pieces that won’t bust the family budget all strive to oppress your individuality? I know I do. That’s why when we went looking for a funky lighting fixture for our daughter-to-be’s room, I decided to put the kabash on conformity and take things into my own hands. With just a few supplies and about a day’s worth of time, I was able to turn an otherwise boring light fixture into a (dare I say) whimsical delight. Here’s how you can, too!
Step 1: Score an Affordable Chandelier
A metal fixture like this one can be bought for less than $80 at one of the big box, home improvement stores. Look for plain and inexpensive–since you’ll be painting it, there’s no need to spend the extra cash and go fancy.
An even better alternative if you have the time to do a little searching though, is to revamp an old chandelier. Thrift stores and 2nd hand home stores usually have an abundance of garish, ceiling lights for the taking–and often for less than $20! Don’t be afraid to nab one of those ugly, 1970’s apartment lights either–you know the ones, the hideously tacky, faux gold-plated, candelabra looking numbers– those gems usually have a decent shape to them and just need a little make over. It happens to the best of us.
Step 2: Prep for Painting
Remove crystals and other sparkly accouterments.
Apply an even coat of a primer of your choice (either a spray or brush-on version) to the surface area of the chandelier. Let dry.
Note: Wrap up any cords or wires in paper, to keep the paint away from them.
Ok, this is the exciting part (at least it was for me!) After a quick confab with my friend Kathy Cano-Murillo, I discovered that if you use a primer first almost any type of paint will work for projects like this that aren’t going to be put through a lot of wear and tear. Since that’s the case with this light, I decided to put this newfound crafty knowledge to the test!
If you live in a patio-less apartment, are preggers like me, or just can’t stand the fumes of spray paints–skip the aerosol mess and opt for less stress! For about $3-$5 (depending on the size of the fixture you’re covering), a non-toxic fabric paint (that’s right, I said fabric paint) like Tulip’s Soft version will get the job done! Now I know what you’re thinking, “Jeez though, how many of those teeny bottles would it take? Wouldn’t another option be more practical?” Well crafties, the answer is 1 to 2. To give my light a double coat and touch-ups, I barely had to dip in to bottle #2. *pausing for oohs and ahhs* 😉
The other bonus to using craft paints is that there are often more color choices than you’ll find from their spray sisters. This leaves the creative doors open for you to decide whether you want to go white for a Shabby Chic look; silver for a more modern feel; or with a bold color for an urban eclectic vibe. Once you’ve made a life decision about color, it’s time to get started with the painting magic!
Using a sponge brush, paint as many coats as necessary (let dry between applications) to completely cover the chandelier’s exterior and hardware.
Use an artist’s brush to touch-up any nooks and crannies that might’ve alluded the paint party so far. Let dry.
It's almost July and that means it's time to debut YarnYAY!’s Fall/Winter Designer in Residence - the amazing, vibrant, and talented, Toni Lipsey aka @tlyarncrafts ! We're big fans of her work in both the crochet and Tunisian crochet realms and couldn't be more thrilled to have her on the design team for the season.
✨This means that, as of our July box (on sale now) YarnYAY! subscribers will receive one of her patterns, designed especially for us! 🧶
Welcome Toni, we’re thrilled to have you as part of the team! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
The majority share of the knitting, crochet, and crafts industries, and the community that supports them, are women and non-binary folk with uteruses. After yesterday's devastating supreme court decision, essentially removing women's constitutional rights over our own bodies, need to support one another. We need to love each other enough to not give up. I see you. My heart is with you.
Yesterday, I was fortunate enough to be on a Zoom action-meeting run by a major women's healthcare organization. We feel powerless, but one of the suggestions they gave for things we can do is to donate to grass-root organizations that focus on women's healthcare clinics.
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