Thursday, July 30, 2015

Ballard Designs' Piedmont Lanterns --in Gold!

If I had a dollar for every thing in this house I've spray-painted gold, well-- I'd have a lot of dollars!  But this latest victim is definitely one of my favorites.  I've been searching and pinning and searching some more for awhile now for just the right gold lanterns to hang over our kitchen island, and when I found a super deal on these a few weeks ago at a Ballard Designs Outlet, I knew they were the ones!  

These are the Piedmont 4-Light Lanterns, and I found two of them in Antique Bronze for approximately 75% off (eeek!) and decided I would take the risk and give them my gold treatment.  

We thought we would just remove the glass and spray the frame, but the glass is pretty securely stuck, so my fabulous husband and faithful assistant did the tedious job of taping them all off.  Then I handled the spraying!

Once again, I defaulted to my favorite Krylon Gold Foil Metallic.  I always keep this on hand for whatever I might want to spray on a whim, and I was able to do these two lanterns with just one can!

Remember this tip when using this paint:  it's best used on pieces that will not be overly handled or receive a lot of wear.  The finish is very reflective and prone to accepting fingerprints and also can leave your hands with a dark oily residue if you handle it a lot.  It's still perfect for light fixtures, picture frames, occasional furniture, and numerous other pieces.  Probably not best for door knobs, plumbing fixtures, or things of that nature.  

I wore rubber gloves when I was helping my handy man hang them, and it worked beautifully.  (Notice my red face?  These things are heavy!!)

Here's a really fabulous shot of the before fixtures, since I forgot to take a better one...

This gives you a little idea of how they looked, in case you never noticed them before...

And here's the after!  

They're bigger and brighter because they have 4 lights instead of the 3, and I think they're much more fitting to the space.

And by the way- the gold paint looks perfect next to the brass finish of the chandelier arms inside and the hanging chain.  I didn't even have to paint those!

Do I have any fellow risk-taking spray-painters out there?  It's awesome, isn't it?  What have you sprayed lately?

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

DIY Monogrammed Lamp Shade

For some reason, my motivation level for starting big projects is sitting near empty ever since school got out.  Not having to be on a schedule is just so delightful!  And since I've caught a whiff or two of freshly-sharpened pencils across the breeze recently,  it's all the more reason to squeeze every last drop out of summer.  

I am proud, however, that I did get my girls' bathroom mini makeover accomplished recently.  If you didn't catch that, you can see it here.  And one of the perfectly summer-sized easy peasy projects in the room were the monogrammed lamp shades!

The old shades looked like this...

Those started out using this same process almost 6 years ago, but instead of the monogram, I painted the stripes and added the pom poms.  They have served well for all this time, but with fading and outdating, we opted for a little change!

I used these great self-adhesive shades for the look, which can be found at craft stores or here on Amazon.  

I also bought 12x12 textured card stock in white to cover them, and the iron-on monogram initials (also at craft stores). 

The wax paper covering the adhesive on the shade doubles as a pattern, so it's easy as pie to trace the shape onto the paper and cut it out.

Then. carefully stick the card stock onto the shade and use hot glue to hold the seam securely.  

Then, with a light strip of the hot glue, stick on the large initial and each of the small ones.

Finish it up with a little trim on the top and bottom if you like it, and remember, thin ribbons and trim work best on lamp shades and are less likely to crinkle.  

The girls and I love how theirs turned out and I hope you do, too!  Now hurry up and finish this so you can get back to relaxing by the pool.  Have you done any big projects this summer?

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Pretty Preppy Party Features: July!

We had another lovely time at the Pretty Preppy Party this month, and thanks so much to all who were able to join us!  It's always so fun to take the time to go through the links and see all the great inspiration!  

Here are just a few of my favorites from this month:

This kitchen!  Because white kitchens always catch my eye and I love this French style.  Patti over at Old Things New has pulled together a beautiful space that you'll want to see more of!  Click here to check it out.

And, frankly, this set of chairs blew me away!  They look brand new, but they're actually vintage, and Susan at Uniquely Yours or Mine made them over by dyeing the cushions!  I totally need to try this now.  Click over here to read more.

And Darrielle at DD's Cottage always has a great piece to share.  And there's no prettier or preppier color than this fabulous green.  I love the combination with the stained wood!  Click here to see the details.

Don't forget to share your own projects next month here on the third Thursday!  And visit my fellow hostesses to see who they are featuring from the party as well...