Project #1 ~ Painting an outdated chandelier
Pinterest just makes this project look so easy, affordable, and impressive. I have developed an intense need to rid myself of all outdated brass type light fixtures, and we have quite a few in this house. Lighting can get pretty expensive so we decided to give the Rustoleum Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint that has been all over the blog world and Pinterest a shot. Eddie did a great job on this project.
|Eddie rigged a stand to hang the chandelier on with his ladder while he spray painted it and let it dry.|
|Brody saw me taking pictures and wanted his picture taken with the light fixture.|
|A close up. The finish looks like it was made that color. It isn't pure black and has a metalic look to it.|
|It is harder to see the color with the lights on.|
Project # 2 ~ Front Porch Makeover
A front porch and more specifically front door is supposed to be welcoming and inviting to guests. Our porch was screaming for some love and attention...from someone besides the birds who like to build nests on it that is. In the Spring, the birds love to build their cozy nests on top of the porch column or on the old planter boxes that used to sit below the sidelight windows. The nests and lots of debris from our yard's many trees always make the front porch look dirty. Then, there were the sagging planter boxes, old scratched up surface of the front door, and the scratched up brass hardware on the door and glass screen door. It all just needed some love, paint, and a good cleaning to cheer it up.
|Brody is ready to paint. This kid loves to "help" with everything. And by helping, he means he wants to do it by himself because "he's a big boy."|
|Trying to help Daddy.|
|And this is the look you get when you don't let him "help" right before he throws one of his big toddler fits.|
|Later with the newly painted oil rubbed bronze hardware and my wreath on the door.|
|From the outside. We hadn't painted the brass hardware on the glass door yet. Eddie removed the old planter boxes and gave the sidelights a fresh coat of white paint.|
|With the glass door hardware painted. I taped off around the glass so he could spray paint a thin strip of brass that ran all around the glass frame.|
|Brody and I planted some new flowers in our planters while Daddy handled the painting.|
This was the easiest of the three projects. I have been tired of seeing my wedding portrait front and center on our mantle and really wanted a large mirror as the centerpiece. I thought I would have to spend big bucks for a nice looking mirror, but I discovered that Kirkland's had a lot of nice looking mirrors for $30. Done!
|I had initially put it vertical, but it just didn't look right so I switched it horizontal. Since our fireplace is painted brick, we just propped the mirror up with it sitting on the mantle to avoid screwing into the brick.|