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Updating a Thrift Store Pendant (that may be in your house!)

I have so many projects going on in the Room Service Atlanta room that I am relying on a few tried & tested tutorials to ensure the results are worth the effort in the end.  There really isn't any time (or budget) for too many experimental projects... But this next update was worth the experiment since it took all of 15 minutes (including disassemble, painting, drying, reassemble!) & it was only $7.97.  I'd call that a deal.

I found this ever classic, late 80's-90's Shiny Brass Foyer Light at Goodwill.  

We all have either had one in our home, still have one in our home, or know someone who has... am I right?!  I liked the scale of this one though. It felt a little more lantern in proportion & shape than some of the other relatives of it's time.  I initially thought paint it.  But then I got lazy & thought about taping the darn thing off... & I let it sit around for a few days.  The shiny brass began to grow on me & then I had a crazy idea.  Bonus, if it didn't work, I could easily go back to the original plan.

I simply removed the candle sleeve covers & candelabra bulbs & gave the sleeves a coat of pink spray paint.  Let them dry & put them back into place.  I added round bulbs to add a more modern touch... plus we already had them on hand.  & done.

To add just another element of fun (this room is for a young lady) I decided to take a cue from my girl Rayan from The Design Confidential & add pink duct tape around the cord. Once it was woven back through the chain it definitely gave this light fixture the update I was looking for.

This fixture will be going up in the kitchen.  A serious upgrade from the existing boob light.  Plus, it will coordinate really well with the cabinets I have going on... more on those shortly!

Also, if you want to see the room's biggest donation to date, head on over to Creative Home to see my latest post on picking out NEW MOHAWK FLOORING!!

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  1. I love the hot pink - great fix!

    xx Ashleigh

  2. I love the hot pink too. I had no idea how you were going to spice up one of these foyer lights (that we definitely had in our home circa 1986) but somehow you continue to amaze with your creative pops of color. Great job!

  3. The pink is great - just a touch to draw the eye. Very cool.

    When switching from clear light bulbs to frosted, do you lose some of the sparkle? Or is this mounted some place where the sparkle from the glass during the day is sufficiently shiny?

  4. Get the heck out! Thats the best idea! Now everyone will want one! It's life changing. LOVE!

  5. That pink is the perfect subtle (or not so subtle) update!

  6. Wow! What a great, creative idea! Wonderful way to use what you've got!

  7. Haha. Those old light fixtures have been a thorn in my side a time or two. Awesome DIY. Love your ideas.


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