(make a chandelier look expensive on the cheap)

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Last week I mentioned that light fixtures are like jewelry for your home and can sometimes be an affordable fix to an otherwise dull space.  Well, here is your step guide on how to take a cheap-o light fixture and make it look mighty ex$pen$ive (© Ke$ha).

brass chandelier

1.  Find your chandelier. I found a brass chandelier on Craig’s List for $20. Chances are, there is already one in your house/your parents’ basement.


2.  Set your chandelier in a box that can support it during the painting process.  It should be able to slightly rest on the sides and not touch the bottom so you can paint all the angles without sticking to the box.  Then either use painter’s tape on the candlesticks or remove them completely and tape up the sockets so that no paint seeps into the electrical parts.  Then give the fixture a quick wipe down with soap and water to remove any old dirt, dust, etc. so you have a clean surface.


3.  After drying the soap and water off, prime the fixture.  I used Rustoleum Ultra White Primer.  Rustoleum is great on metal surfaces and comes in a spray can, so it is super easy to use.  You can find this at your local Home Depot for about $4.  Once your first coat is dry, flip over the fixture to hit the areas that were previously on the box and another areas you may have missed.  BE CAREFUL: remember the method “less is more.” If you overspray, you run the risk of having hard to see drip marks harden onto your fixture.  Have a rag handy to wipe up drips.


4.  Time to add your color!  I chose a light teal color as this light was going to be a focal point in my family’s beach house.  I would also recommend using a Rustoleum product in this step.  Spay the first side, let dry, then flip to spray the bottom and let dry.  And again, remember: less is more.  You may want to add a very light coat of spray polyurethane to make sure it is sealed.


5.  Step 5 is the last – and optional – step.  Adding some BLING.  Since this fixture would be in a cottage, I wanted to add some shabby chic-ness to it with some crystals.  I found a lamp supply dealer online who happened to be in my neighborhood.  I bought varying size prisms for each tier and a string of garland to drape around the center.  The tricky part was attaching these pretty babies to the light.  After some serious brainstorming, I ended up using very thin earring hoops from Hobby Lobby.  They were the perfect finishing touch to this beachy glam chandelier.

Et voila!  You have a custom chandelier in the wheelhouse of $30.


(the magic of mayo)

So the Wagners undertook the daunting task of re-staining our deck on Saturday in order to improve our condo’s value when comes time to list it. deckstaining It was such a perfect day in Chicago that there was nothing I would rather do (plus or minus about 30 other things) than stain our deck.  Alas, it turned out great.  I mean, look at the face.  Who wouldn’t want to enjoy a few cold ones on this deck while listening to a concert at Wrigley Field?  Did I mention it will be for sale soon?

Anyways, anyone who has dealt with stain before knows it’s a messy business; we learned this the hard way when we stained our staircase railing a few months ago.  You can scrub your skin so hard you’re about to tear it off without any luck…UNTIL you wash your hands with mayonnaise!  It sounds really disgusting (some people won’t even allow it on their turkey sandwich let alone rub it on your body), but it really, really works.  So without hesitation, upon completion of this really fun project, I grabbed the mayo and jumped into the shower.  I know, I know, but just trust me on this one.  It’s science!

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