The world is but a canvas to the imagination...
Henry David Thoreau

Friday, March 13, 2009

Time for change

Whenever spring is around the corner, I get restless. I want it to be warm, I want to be able to go outside and not freeze, I want to be in my yard! Since I can't do any of those things, I start looking at things in my house that I can refresh and change out. I love the challenge of taking something old and reusing it to make it new, different and my style. Like everyone else, we also have to add cheap, cheap, cheap into the mix. Any changes I make right now, pretty much need to come from items I already have. I looked around, hmmm, I want to finish my mural, but thanks to Montana weather, it is way too cold to have my windows open and since I am using latex wall paint, that needs to wait....Let's see.....Mmmm....I know! Let's get rid of the off white carpet! Oops, guess not, that definitely wouldn't be free. :-) Looking around, my eyes came across the chandelier over my kitchen table. I actually like the shape, but someone in the 80's gave it a weird faux stucco, stone type finish, in beige, ivory and white. Now I know that taste is subjective, but I will file that one under E for Eeeewww! Besides, it has always driven me crazy because no matter how much I clean it, it always looks dirty. Upon closer inspection, I actually like the texture, it reminds me of wrought iron. That made me think of the 87 cent bottle of black craft paint I had in my craft room, so I got up on the table and it only took about an hour to paint it and change it completely! It probably would have been faster to spray it, but this way I didn't have to take it down. I love the results! Sometimes, change is good...especially when you can do it for under a buck!



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7 comments:

Joan said...

It looks so much better. It looks like a completely different light and much updated. Yea for little bottles of paint.

Joan said...

Cute new blog template!!

Lesli said...

You're so creative - I really like how it looks!

Joan said...

I forgt to add, I thought for sure you would paint the bottoms silver instead of leaving then gold since you NEVER use gold on anything. Maybe you need to invest in another
89 cent bottle of paint.

Ceri said...

I love the gold, it's my favorite part! Jk :) Miss you and all your talent! I love the new look!

austinamasandra said...

I love it! How did you paint it without taking it out? You ARE amazing!

Steve said...

I really love that you did that, I am sorry for leaving you with such a dirty light fixture (is that spelled right? It's late!). Anyway, while have a million kids that was definately not on the list of "just manage to keep everyone alive, without doing much cleaning." You are a good woman to get those delicate hands dirty, I prefer to use my mind for the dirty work! Love you, Starla