Monday, August 11, 2014

Bye Bye Brass

We've lived in our house for about 4.5 years now. As we toured the house, we had these grandiose dreams of what we planned to change. Being young, spry and without children (though newly pregnant!), we got to work on tons of these things.

But then there were those projects that were not a priority because they didn't really bother us much. Things like, the dining room lamp. Our big dreams were to replace it with an elk antler chandelier. But as the years moved forward and we've given up on that dream. Logically so, as the room isn't quite big enough for that dream we first considered when visiting Jackson Hole, WY back in 2009. We're 5 years older and the room still had the same brass fixture we disliked when we first moved in.

Well, we didn't dislike it, just the color. It took us this long because it required I get E's involvement to manage the wires and electricity and he's always busy with more important projects. After a friend of mine posted her lamp project on Instagram, I figured it was time we do the same... so the to-do list got a little shorter that day.

I knew I wanted to spray paint it because...
1. I have an obsession with spray paint.
2. It's a relatively cheap and easy.
3. We thought it had good bones to begin with.

So for a $7 can of Rustoleum's Metallic Oil Rubbed Bronze, we had a new fixture. We only bought one can (brave!), but it was just enough.

During nap, the husband took it down and hung it from a tree in our backyard. We took turns spraying it with two sets of eyes (so many little areas are tough!) and had it hung that evening.

The left (grainy) picture was in the real estate ad for our home. We stripped the wallpaper (and used the matching drapes as drop cloths!) the first month in the house. More on that here.


Caroline said... [Reply to comment]

Nice work, Wilson's. Little fixes like these really make a house a home, ya know?!

Melissa said... [Reply to comment]

Divine! I adore it!

Brooke said... [Reply to comment]

I keep seeing cool brass fixtures and I know that it's trending back in, but I personally love the change you made and would have wanted to do the same! Looks great and it's so nice to see how little changes can make you happier.

Amelia said... [Reply to comment]

I love it! My BiL was just making fun of me for my spray paint obsession, nice to know there's others. ;)

LookItsJessica said... [Reply to comment]

Lookin' good! I love 'Oil Rubbed Bronze,' we used another can on our street lamp in another one of our own "bye bye brass" projects :) And OMG what a great 'before & after' of your dining room. I love the table! Gorg.

Natasha said... [Reply to comment]

Nice! I like the new color a lot.

Tiffany said... [Reply to comment]

beautiful! love it!

Julie said... [Reply to comment]

Love love LOVE. It's A-mazing to me how a can of spray paint can make turn something relatively cheap looking (as I think brass can be) into something gorgeous and enviably stylish. Well Done!!!

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Kristi said... [Reply to comment]

amazing! I would still love new fixtures in our dining room and kitchen, but I might have to consider this option.

AlliFerg said... [Reply to comment]

Spray paint ftw! Looks awesome!