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Modern Kitchen Makeover Reveal

Good morning! This is week number 6 of the One Room Challenge, hosted by Calling it Home  and House Beautiful! And…you know what that means…it’s reveal week! Whew! We finally made it! High five! Today I will share with you my journey and how I took our new construction kitchen and created a space of warmth and personality that ties into the rest of our home. I wanted to take the most hardworking room in the house and turn it into a space that didn’t feel like the hardest working room in the house. Here goes…

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As you may have seen in my previous blog posts (click Here and Here if you want to read more about them) our home is about a year old and our kitchen is an all white kitchen. While I love white on white kitchens it’s important to keep them from feeling cold and sterile. In fact the only design element that brought warmth into our kitchen were the medium toned wood floors.

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Now, I love a modern farmhouse aesthetic and feel so that is the look I was going for. Moving into our home we were on a very tight decorating budget but I was able to take it from cold to warmer.

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First up were the shades on the windows for some much-needed privacy and I turned to none other than The Shade Store. We chose the Waterfall Woven Wood shade from the naturals collection in Tahoe Oak, for a close up of our selection click Here. This is one beautiful, modern and minimalistic shade that added just enough visual warmth and texture without taking away from the clean lines of the cabinetry.

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I also peppered in some greenery to help bring life to the space as well as seating around the island but to me it was still lacking something. So… after we finished the Spring Home Love home tour blog hop (click Here for that blog post) I decided it was time to kick it up a notch.

It was time to put pen to paper and think about some of the things I would love in my kitchen if I could have them. Here are the top 3 that were most important to me:

  1. Display Space
  2. Color
  3. Balance

Our kitchen is an L shaped kitchen and to me, it was looking off-balance and symmetry is important to me. But in order to do so would be tricky because we don’t have the space on the 3rd wall to add full cabinetry and maintain the ability to still walk past the island. From the side of the island to the wall are just 43 inches. What to do? I turned to Ikea. I mean they are pretty amazing when it comes to small spaces, right? Ikea is where I ran into the Eket cabinet measuring under 10 inches deep was just what I needed! This still leaves us with over 33 inches of walk space between the island and now the cabinets. Here I took two Eket cabinets and decided to “float” them on the wall. I mounted them 14 inches off the floor so they feel taller than the island. Next, I needed the display space I always wanted so I selected the Lack shelves. We have 9 foot ceilings so I decided to use 3 shelves keeping 12.5 inches between my three to the ceiling (I did keep 19 and 3/4 inches from the top of the cabinet to the 1st shelf).

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I later added hardware to jazz up the white cabinetry to match the rest of the kitchen cabinetry hardware using D. Lawless’ beautiful hardware in Artesia Sedona Bronze. If you’re in search of great quality hardware with affordable prices be sure to check out D. Lawless!

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If I had to list my top 3 easy and affordable design elements to update a kitchen, I’d say they would be:

  1. Change out cabinetry hardware
    1. It’s all in the details!
  2. Swap light fixtures
    1. Let great lighting be the jewelry to your space!
  3. Paint
    1. Color can change the look and feel to anything!

 

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Next up…lighting! While I love the vintage barn lights that were hanging in our kitchen, they weren’t right for the feel I was going for and light fixtures are a pretty simple change!

For light fixtures I love a statement, as stated above I like to think of them as the jewelry to a room. So design, quality, and craftmanship are my priorities. Over the kitchen island I selected the Webster pendant by Hudson Valley Lighting (click the link to go right to the source!). What I love about the Webster’s are their classic shape but modern design and the brass complimented well with the cabinetry hardware as well as the black contrasted well against all of the white. I chose two Webster pendants in the 14 inch option because our kitchen island is 80 inches wide. These make the perfect statement looking into our kitchen from front on without obstructing the large window behind them.

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We also needed new lighting for our cooking area, but not necessarily task lighting, I was looking more for ambient lighting. Our challenge? On one side of the vent hood we only have 6 inches to the refrigerator cabinet surround. That means…little room for shade diameter. That’s where Sazerac Stiches came to the rescue, I chose the Loa sconce in all matte black. I feel the black gives a nice contrast to the white cabinetry and white shiplap wall.

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Next? On to the fun part! Decorating!

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I first shopped my own home and artwork was the first item on my decor punch list! Who says artwork can’t work in a kitchen? Pffft. Not this girl! Art instantly adds color and personality. Next, functional pieces that display beautifully such as serving pieces, cake stands, platters, dessert plates and bowls. Peppered in for some more color are vases, greenery and fresh flowers.

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To sum up how I added warmth and personality to my kitchen?

  • Symmetry. Even when you don’t have it, you can create it visually like I did by adding carefully selected pieces that don’t take up square footage but create balance and focus.
  • Gold accents are a perfect way to warm up the all white space being gold is a warm tone.
  • The beautiful woven wood shades were the perfect warm tone and texture and they balance the warmth of the wood floor.
  • Statement fixtures not only contribute functionality for tasks and ambiance they pack a huge visual punch!
  • Artwork and non-kitchen decor pieces bring in warmth and personality as well as carry the look and feel from other rooms in your home to your kitchen.
  • Greenery, fresh flowers and candles. Because I said so.

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Looking into the kitchen (we have an open concept) the dining room plays a very intricate part and one that couldn’t go untouched with the kitchen refresh. Here we have a very large (measuring 93 inches long) farmhouse style table that’s VERY heavy…the previous small farmhouse style light fixture was just lost floating above it measuring only 24 inches in diameter. It definitely did not balance well nor pack the visual punch it would need to play with the new Webster pendants.  So who did I turn to again for the solution? Yup, you got it! Hudson Valley Lighting! This time I needed something mammoth in size, this piece needed to not only compliment the Webster pendants, it needed to also say, I’m HERE! And who else could announce their place at the diner table better than the Fleming chandelier! Talk about drop. dead. gorgeousness! Designer tip: throw this baby on a dimmer! Talk about a statement fixture! Va va va voom! This is more like a piece of artwork all by itself! Beware this beauty is swanky and sexy! Get your martinis, bourbon and champagne ready for a toast under this canopy of lights!

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Rewind…back to reality. This is a home of a family of 4 (plus two cats) and let’s be honest most nights we’re gathered around our table for a quick and easy meal before rushing off to busy activities. But who says the Fleming is only for formal cocktail hours? Stop. It.

Balance folks. Real Life. Contrast. Compliment.

How do you dress up a pair of ripped and destroyed jeans? A great pair of shoes!

AND…just the opposite. How do you dress down a sport jacket and blouse? Rolled up boyfriend jeans!

What am I trying to say? What does clothing have to do with this light fixture? Well…nothing. But then again…everything.

Here I’ve set our table for a fun and casual meal at the table. Vintage gold-rimmed dinner plates (inherited by my husband’s great-aunt) are topped with inexpensive salad plates and napkins picked up from Homegoods. Beautiful, crystal Reidel wine glasses pair with inexpensive tumblers from Target. Oh, that gorgeous Lucite silverware? Let me tell ya, my husband’s great aunt was one stylish lady! Yes, she was! Add bread/cheese boards, candles and fresh flowers and you’re all set! All under that swanky light fixture!

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And yes, we really do have family game nights, food fights and even table ping-pong right under this piece of art!

 

There you have it! A little tour of my 6 week project and I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did! (See below for a complete list of participating sponsors).

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Cheers!

Lea

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I cannot thank these folks enough for their help in making this project a reality!

THANK YOU!

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The Shade Store

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I would also like to give a very special THANK YOU to the hosts of the #OneRoomChallenge

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How to Refresh Your Kitchen

Good morning! Today I want to share with you some of the mistakes I’ve made as well as how my original kitchen design didn’t go so well…and I’ll share with you my new refresh design board since my turn of events.

If you’d  like to see my original kitchen refresh design board click HERE. Some of you may know already if you follow me on Instagram (@creekwoodhill) that my oversized pendant lights did arrive but oversized is an overstatement. They were ginormous yall. Seriously like the size of a baby car. So much for my measurements!  Besides that they were beautiful and I tried hard to find a place in our home to fit just one of them. But nevertheless they went back to the store.

Next was this rug from Target.

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It’s a beautiful rug but in person it wasn’t this light in color. It’s heavier on the gray tones and the pink was slightly more orange-y than what is shown. More apricot than pink. So this was my second fail.

And lastly the vintage rattan counter stools I had my heart set on…in real life they were hideous. No wonder they were priced so cheap!

About the only thing that arrived and looked amazing were my cabinetry hardware! Click HERE to see where you can find them.

So last week as I was crying that I’m at week 3 and haven’t even started I decided to hit the ground running. I sourced a fresh new wallpaper, lighting, decor and a rug!

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I am in love with the way this look he together. I love a mix of pattern and textures and I still think I’ve accomplished that. I still think I have warmed up the space and I love the blue accents. Especially that wallpaper! If it were a dress I’d wear it! Along side my kitchen refresh (and the basement remodel I’m helping with, click HERE to read more how that’s going), I’m also prepping for another home tour blog hop which I can’t wait to share with yall! This little house named Creekwoodhill is definately packing some visual punch and I’ve been a busy thrifter!

Well, until next week (where I’ll share more of the basement remodel) I’ll be busy over here installing wallpaper and light fixtures while sourcing some great new finds!

 

Thanks for stopping by!

Lea

 

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Basement Remodel – Meet the Homeowners

If you’re new here and redirected from the official One Room Challenge page, Thank You so much for checking out my project! If you’re returning Welcome Back!

Well, we have no pretty pics to show you so this week I thought I’d do something a little different and a little more fun! I’d like to introduce you to the homeowners who have so graciously allowed me to be a part of their fantastic journey of remodeling their basement!

I’d like to introduce you to Tiffany, Andrew and their two fur babies Ranger, (on the left) and Mocha (on the right).

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Tiffany and Andrew have been planning away (over 14 months) and working tirelessly on the remodel, I’ll be sure to share some updates at the end of this post.

BUT…in the meantime I did a fun Q&A sesh with the two and here’s how it went:

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Now that you’ve gotten to meet the family and a little glimpse into their lives how about some behind the scenes…

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It’s already a little better…

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Can you tell this homeowner is a photographer? Who else could make even this phase look beautiful?

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And we’ve been busy with LOTS of special deliveries like…

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Even Ranger helps out, there’s no slacking around here! (hey, where’s Mocha?)

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A HUGE THANK YOU to Lamps Plus for all our lighting like this awesome farmhouse style wall sconce!

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And another HUGE THANK YOU to the team at Urban Floor! We can’t wait to share how beautiful this flooring looks, we’re SO excited!

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Well that’s all for now folks! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed your visit, see ya next week!

 

Lea

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My Kitchen in 6 weeks!

Hey there! I’m so glad you stopped by, let me show you what I’m working on…

As you may already know I am participating in the One Room Challenge! I have two projects going on. One is my own (which I’ll share with you all today) and it features my kitchen makeover. The second (because you know, as if one wasn’t enough…LOL!) is for a client who is currently going through an entire basement remodel! Be sure to read my previous post.

But today we’re going to switch things up a bit and shift the focus over to my own project. (I’ll alternate between projects every week during the 6 weeks so be sure to check back often).

Our kitchen is new. It’s just under 1 years old. What is there to makeover you ask? Well, when we designed it…or designed it…I knew I wanted a white on white kitchen. And we did just that. And I love it. BUT…it’s lacking warmth, character and personality.

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Recently I have made a few changes to jazz up the space (check out my Spring Home Tour Blog Hop!)

And I took it from sterile to warmer…

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Photo courtesy of TEM Photo

Now, you may think that looks great! My husband sure does! Our friends and family sure do! BUT…if you’re an eclectic soul like me who happens to be a bit of an interior designer (hehehe…)it doesn’t stop here. Nope. I need color, I need dimension, I need collected and fantastic finds, I need texture, I need artwork, I need…MORE.

So today, I thought I would share with you my own idea board so you can get a sense and feel for where my eye and heart are taking me…

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As you can see I’m kicking things up a notch. My kitchen has modern farmhouse bones and we’ll be adding lots of personality! I love vintage pieces and I love the clean lines of minimalistic and modern pieces so why not have the best of both worlds? Or multiple worlds in my case…

So there you have it! An insider scoop as to what’s to come! Be sure to keep checking back as I’ll be sharing with you my resources and some fun to artists too!

 

Thanks for stopping by!

Lea

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The One Room Challenge

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I’ve always wanted to try the One Room Challenge (currently in it’s 11th season)! So this year I decided to give it a go! What inspired me? A client in need of a total basement remodel! What is the One Room Challenge you ask? Well, I’m participating in the 6 week challenge as a guest participant. We have just 6 weeks to completely transform and/or design a room and share our final reveal! Talk about pressure, right?

Since our project is currently in it’s construction phase I thought I’d share some before pics with you. Warning: they’re not pretty…but they soon will be!

This client is located in St. Cloud, MN and I hope you follow along during the 6 week journey to see how we take oh wow…to WOW!

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wait, this one too…

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So my clients couldn’t live with it in this state much longer! 14 months too long! So the fun began this week!

Let’s get down and dirty!

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Here’s a little insight of our plans:

 

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Where we’re planning to take this room!
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Well there you have it! Week #1 is on a roll and we are determined to get this beautiful basement completed so these homeowners can really enjoy the home designed for their lifestyle!

How to Refresh Your Decor Style for Spring

Welcome friends! I hope you had fun visiting with my friend Brandi at Don’t Disturb This Groove, don’t you just love her name? And doesn’t she have an amazingly beautiful home? I love her style and DIY projects, she’s always up to something fun! If you’re new here to my blog, don’t wait, come on in!

Let me tell you the older I get, the more and more I loathe the winter months and yearn for warmer and sunnier skies. Yes, this girl is so ready for springtime! So today I’m going to share how I like to decorate our home for spring.

So grab your cup of coffee or tea (I’m a coffee drinker) and please sit a spell with me while I take you on a little tour of our home.

We moved into our home last May and have slowly but surely been busy making it ours. Our budget has been a little tight but that just makes it more fun, doesn’t it? I love a challenge and I think the tighter the budget the more I get those creative juices flowing. So let’s start out in the entryway shall we…

Entryway Design

As you can see I’m somewhat of a minimalist. But I struggle real hard between hoarder and minimalist. Don’t ask. The struggle really is real. Anyway, the bench I found online and after many searches for a black bench that I loved and within my budget I had just about given up. Then I found this one, but it was in a pale butter yellow (apparently, butter yellow was the color on sale over this past winter because it was a great bargin) so…into my virtual shopping cart it went and with the addition of two cans of spray paint, voila! Bench dilemma resolved. I also knew we’d need a quick and easy place to hang a coat or grab a sweater so this little peg rack I found did just the trick because it serves double duty as a little ledge that I can display some of my thrift store paintings. And, these super cute ceramic wall planters were hand-made by Muddy Heart be sure to check out her other hand-made and unique products. I absolutely love them and you will too! Oh and by the way, don’t forget to check out my previous post for a little tutorial on how to create the striped light fixture. As you can see here, we’re definitely not afraid of bold colors and patterns in this house! This is where loud voices, big personalities and even bigger hearts live.

Our home is very open concept so walking in the front door you can pretty much see the entire first floor! But we like it, and wanted a home that we could all hang out in together and be together. So let’s begin! To the right of our entry is our living room.

Living Room Style

I must admit I think my style has evolved from modern farmhouse to more modern eclectic. As a lover of design I just can’t box myself into one style and I’m afraid of design commitments. (insert covers face emoji) so eclectic it sure is! And so am I!

So, what’s some of my decorating go to solutions that I use when refreshing my home or decorating for the season? First stop, fresh flowers and greenery. The other? Pillows! I promise decorating doesn’t need to be costly with just a few simple changes and trust me, these two pack a decorating punch! Also, if you’re like me, rugs are also high on the priority list. With the addition or changing of rugs, you can transform a room like no other and I’ve been loving this super soft rug for quite some time. By the way, most of my decor pieces here are thrifted finds but I have listed out a few sources below (please note: I am not affiliated, but I am sponsored by a few of the companies listed below). Thrift stores are a magical place full of all sorts of potential and treasures! Fads change, styles evolve, the next “it” thing will go out. So when you’re looking for inexpensive ways to add a little something for the seasons, start with your local thrift stores first. Plus, you’ll feel good about helping the environment and your community. It’s a win-win-win. The trifecta approach!

Living Room Sources:                                                                                                                                        1. Rug – NuLOOM      2. Window Shade – The Shade Store      3. Red Pillow – Tonic Living       4. Sofa – West Elm    5. Floor Lamp and end table – Target    6. Candle – Ful Candles

Here’s a closer look at some of the details.

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Mmm…can you smell this candle burning? It’s the most perfect and lightly scented blend of mandarin and bergamot.

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See how adding touches of nature and vibrant pillows can really add color and interest to your interiors?

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Alright, follow me, let’s move into the kitchen next!

Kitchen Design

Our kitchen is east facing and let me tell you it gets bright in here! So bright that I’m often found wearing sunglasses in the morning inside our house! Well, that was until I found The Shade Store! I can not begin to tell you how easy they are to work with. No, I’m not just saying that, give them a try and you will see for yourself.  They sent out a technician to measure our windows, I literally went online and selected alllllllll (ok, almost all) of the samples I could ever dream of! And after mulling over all the different delicious materials, we selected the Hampton -3 in the woven woods collection, we also chose the Cascade style shade. And The Shade Store sent out an installer to install them! Done! Easy peasy! Boom! You like easy too, right?

Alright, alright, stay focused Lea. Our friends are here to see how we refresh for spring. (It’s all the coffee I’ve been drinking, I swear)! LOL!

Ok. As you can see our kitchen is white and with this big window it’s also very bright. Keeping with my decor aesthetic of using natural elements to spruce up my home, I carried that same feeling into the kitchen. Fresh flowers, fresh greenery, natural wood elements and did I mention how these shades warm up this space? Let’s take a closer look at the details…

Here are more fresh touches that I use to spruce up my kitchen. How cute are those bunny ear plates?

Even some pretty glass soap bottles can make a kitchen feel more special.

This is a different view of the kitchen so you can see how much I really love greenery! (You may call me the plant lady one day). Or the crazy cat lady. All of which I am. True facts. (Scroll to the bottom of this post to see who else wants to say Hi).

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Wow! I have enjoyed your company so much! I know it’s time for you to hop on over to the next tour but I would love to share just one more space with you before you go.

This is our main hallway. There are some details that I still need to find the time to get around to but I just had to share one last resource with you. Drum roll please…the wallpaper! Yes y’all! This girl who can’t make any design commitments made the committment to this gorgeous wallpaper! So who’s the source you say? None other than Wallpaper Direct! And…I used their recommended Albany concentrated adhesive all by myself)! Can you tell I’m so proud of myself? Seriously, it was so easy and I’m a suuuuper wallpaper newbie!

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Well there you have it! Thank you so much for stopping by and be sure to check out my virtual neighbor Dara over at Hood Creek Log Cabin next as well as all of the other talented hosts of our #springhomelove blog hop home tour! (I’ve even made it easy and included all the links to their homes below). Because that’s how I roll. Easy. Wait. That didn’t come out the way I meant it. (shrugs) I’ll blame it on the coffee talk and go with it!

See you next time!

Lea

 

PS – A great big thank you to all the participating sponsors and TEM Photography as I couldn’t have made it without you all!
The Shade Store           NuLoomTEM Photo     WallpaperdirectMuddy HeartTonicLiving     FulCandles

 

 

And…Mister says thanks for stopping by!

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DIY Light Fixture

Hey ya’ll! It’s been a while since I last shared a fun project with you and if you follow me on Instagram @creekwoodhill you’ve probably already seen my DIY light fixture that was inspired by none other than Schoolhouse Electric. Like so many others I love vintage pieces and I love finding fun and modern ways to include them in my home. While this fixture is not vintage it is vintage inspired. The fixture I chose and will show you how I implemented my own spin on it was a schoolhouse semi flush pendant purchased from Home Depot.

I wanted to refresh our little urban farmhouse and take it in a fun new direction which is when I stumbled upon Schoolhouse Electric’s light fixture and I absolutely fell head over heels for it but it was just out of my small budget so with a little creativity I created my own.

 

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This is the fixture that was the inspiration to my own DIY.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This is my fixture that I created.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now I’ll show you how:  diy-light-fixture-supplies

 

What you’ll need:

  • Painters Tape
  • Rust-oleum metallic spray paint (I used gold)
  • Acrylic Paint (your choice and color, I mixed gray and black for a more charcoal hue 3 parts gray to 1 part black)
  • Paint brush
  • Light fixture

 

 

 

I first taped off my fixture (sorry in advance for the grainy picture). I also measured my spaces because I wanted them evenly spaced out. This was tricky as the globe was round and not evenly cylindrical so the tape cinched up in places which caused paint to bleed later (I’ll show my solution to that in a bit).

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Next I painted the globe. I sat it on a bowl I had because it was easier to spin while painting in order to eliminate as many brush strokes as possible while still leaving brush strokes because you know…I’m crazy like that and I wanted it to look hand painted. Brush strokes…but not too many brush strokes…lol! The picture on the right is after the paint had dried and I removed the tape…

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See all those whiskers? Yup, my solution? I took a straight razor (not pictured) and gently scraped them all off, which ended up being a pretty easy task.

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Next up the base. The inspiration light fixture had a brushed silver base and the fixture I purchased from Home Depot did too but I really wanted a brushed gold finish. So with my Rust-oleum metallic gold spray paint I lightly sprayed the base of the fixture. Any areas that looked like paint dripping (extra tip: acetone nail polish does the trick to clean up very nicely).

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All hung up

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There you have it! Easy peasy just the type of DIY I like!

Be sure to check back soon as I will be teaming up for another home tour blog hop and we have some fun ideas to share with all of you!

 

See ya soon!

Lea