Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Let there be Light!

Brass is so cringe worthy. I feel Brass culminates feelings of paneled minivans, light up LA gear sneakers, overstuffed Lazy Boys, and massive chunky big screen televisions. With those lovely 90’s images in mind I’d like to present you with my recent project:

Operation Revenue Return (do note I say this in a very thick Russian accent  around my family) This operation is intended to update my circa 1990 home in order for them to list it on the market; and see the type of return that will put smiles on their shining faces.

Several months back I posted on changing out the hardware in our kitchen. I talked about the atrocious vintage wall paper we had and how my next project would be removing that. Well good news! I found a fantastic painter on Craigslist and he has been hard at work for weeks now. Here is our kitchen mid project (quality due to Blackberry):

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Unfortunately this is the only before picture I can find of that brass chandelier. So here is what we did:

  1. Read lots of online tutorials on painting brass
  2. Invested in Rustoleum Gray Primer, Hammered Spray Paint, Clear Top Coat
  3. Hung all of the chandelier pieces from the bike rack in the garage for an even spray.

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Pardon the mess…

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Ta-da! Here is our newly painted like new chandelier. It was never centered in the 19 years we’ve lived here so with the added swag it now spotlights the table in just the right way.  We spent dinner in stupefied awe at what a luminated table feels like.

I’ll be sharing more updates from Operation Revenue Return as they happen and a table rehab I’ve been hard at work on for several weeks in my off time.

Have any of you painted brass? Before this I was oh so scared, but it’s surprisingly easy and very gratifying.

“The Lord your God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing”. -Zephaniah 3:17

5 comments:

  1. I love the whole "Operation Revenue Return." You are so clever. What a huge difference in the lighting. It looks fantastic!!! :)

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  2. I love it! Makes me really kick myself for throwing away perfectly good light fixtures in this fixer upper. I'm learning, though! Better late than never! ;)

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  3. It's amazing what a can of spray paint can do! Looks great and I love your blog :)

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  4. Heidi thanks so much. My family may be getting a little sick of my Russian accent while saying it though, ha.

    Carrie, no need to kick yourself over what's gone. I did this today when I found out about tax returns and I've never gotten a receipt after making a donation to good will. Different scenario, but either way we know for the future! :)

    Jenna, Thanks so much!! I've become a spray paint groupie. I feel I need to start rotating which Home Depot, Hobby Lobby, or JoAnn's I buy it from so they don't start wondering what on God's Earth I am doing with all this paint.

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  5. Heidi thanks so much. My family may be getting a little sick of my Russian accent while saying it though, ha.

    Carrie, no need to kick yourself over what's gone. I did this today when I found out about tax returns and I've never gotten a receipt after making a donation to good will. Different scenario, but either way we know for the future! :)

    Jenna, Thanks so much!! I've become a spray paint groupie. I feel I need to start rotating which Home Depot, Hobby Lobby, or JoAnn's I buy it from so they don't start wondering what on God's Earth I am doing with all this paint.

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