UncategorizedOur Chandelier June 24, 2011I posted about our dining room on Tuesday. One of my very favorite parts so far is the chandelier. Right around the time we bought our house, I saw this chandelier from Ballard Designs. But, it was a little out of our price range. I started looking for other similar options, but had trouble finding anything else with this taupe painted look. Chris found a chandelier for $15 at a thrift store and we couldn’t pass it up. Here it is before: I knew a coat of spray paint would really help this old chandelier. I sanded it down and then primed it. I picked out what I thought was the perfect color of tan/gray and couldn’t wait to see it on the chandelier. Even though the can said to wait 48 hours between coats, I was too excited and didn’t see a reason to wait. So, of course, after only 24 hours, I added the taupe paint. Turns out, there’s a reason they have that warning. Go figure. As I was spraying, the paint immediately began bubbling up and peeling off (just as the can said it would). So, I had to wait 48 hours for it to dry, sand it all down again, re-prime, and re-paint. More trouble than I had bargained for. But, in the end, it was so worth it. To me, the final product feels so much like the inspiration picture. I really love it in the room. So, from this experience I learned two very important things. First of all, always be patient and FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS. One day I’ll learn. And, you can always create the look you love for less. You just have to see the potential for what a piece could become with a little TLC.