HAPPY MONDAY everyone! I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful Independence Day. I’m currently in hot dog detox after a weekend of backyard cookouts. Yucky.
Wanna know something else that really turns my stomach? Brass.
Since moving into our home almost three years ago I’ve been chipping away at the brass hardware and lighting fixtures throughout our 90s-built abode. Today I’m sharing my transformation of a standard, brass chandelier into something funky that’s more my style-all for about five bucks.
You might remember that I recently turned our formal living and dining rooms into a first-level playroom for our son. When we toured the home before putting in an offer this is what the dining room looked like. Here you can see the brass chandelier in all its glory.
This is what the formal dining room looks like now:
We haven’t removed the wallpaper or painted in here because our master plan is to expand the kitchen through the wall into this space. Depending on how many years it takes to get to that point I might give this room a little face lift in the interim. We did, however, remove the brass chandelier because it hung right in the middle of the room just waiting to bonk tall people on the head as they walked past.
As I stared at the sad little brass chandelier after my builder removed it a few light bulbs went off in my head. Since I’m all about loving what you have, I decided to give it a little upgrade and swap it out with the light fixture that hung in our eat-in kitchen. No amount of brain power could help me come up with an idea for how to change that weird thing. Take a look:
After we moved into this house we lived with tooty fruity wallpaper and ornate cornice boards for several months before giving the kitchen and eat-in dining area a fresh coat of paint and new curtains.
The airy paint job (Restoration Hardware in Silver Sage) and chartreuse Greek Ikat curtains from West Elm give the space a modern, casual vibe. I love these curtains but they are so thin and got really saggy on the clip rings. Note to self: cheap curtains = cheap fabric. The curtains looked super sloppy and sad until my good friend Claudia at Urban Loft Window Treatments came to the rescue. She applied a special drapery upholstery called buckram to the curtains and, bada-bing, they are perfectly crisp with no more sagging. So now my store bought curtains look expensive without the high cost! Thanks Claudia. xoxo
But the star of today’s post is my chandelier, which I upgraded for about five dollars with a can of spray paint and some Scotch brand washi tape, a removable craft tape I found in the school supply aisle at Target.
It’s just a shadow of its former, brassy self after a few satiny coats of Valspar Color Radiance spray paint (Nautical is the color) and the washi tape on the candlestick covers. To my surprise, the white plastic sheaths that cover the electrical components where the light bulbs attach to the chandelier slide right off. I washed them with soapy water, dried them and wrapped five pieces of washi tape horizontally around each one, covering the white plastic from top to bottom.
I was debating regular candelabra bulbs and colored shades, but I thought shades might take away from the striped candle sticks so I bought these round chandelier bulbs for extra interest. For about five dollars, I made a change that makes my eat-in kitchen look like a million bucks!
Since we just celebrated the Fourth of July and because I’m such a timely blogger, I figured I’d share a fun with flags tablescape for inspiration for the next patriotic party you host. Pin these images for next year!
We hosted a picnic on the Fourth of July and, like any good hostess, I wanted to have some festive party décor. I picked up some tiny American flags at Walmart when I stopped there to buy plastic cutlery. I also got some red, white and blue polka-dotted pinwheels. Super cute and I can use these every year. For my tablescape, which no one other than me and my husband will enjoy because I made it this morning and will take it down before another soul comes to our house, I poked an American flag into each napkin ring and into my potted succulents.
I outfitted the table with outdoor melamine mix-and-match plates from Target and a striped linen table runner from HomeGoods. The plates are for use on our new patio (post-forthcoming in the next few weeks!) but they are perfect for adding a bit of color inside as well.
And as is the tradition here at Embrace My Space, I chalked up a seasonally appropriate sentiment for the chalkboard that hangs in our living room gallery wall. Let freedom ring! I was going to draw the Liberty Bell but I’m not very good at hand-drawn symmetry.
P.S. That blue pillow is one of the new indoor/outdoor pillows for our patio! I can’t wait to show you what’s been going on out back!
I hope you all had a lovely and long weekend, and I hope I’ve inspired you to turn some of your old trash into treasure!