The internet is back up! I WILL NOT comment on whether it was our fault that it went down or not. That little white box containing the BT wires was far too delicate! Anyway back to business…
The Boy took an unusual interest in my DIY/crafting efforts the other day and asked about the second hand chandeliers that my parents had given us (well, me, The Boy claims to hate them). My confusion only dissipated when he went on to comment that it would be quite nice if we were to have a light in the lounge, like, at all! This is what they looked like before so I can’t blame him for not loving them.
Firstly, it needed a good old fashioned clean. So I took of all the dangly bits and cleaned them first of all with soapy hot water and then dunking them into a bath of cold water with vinegar, they came out sparkling like new!
Then we went to the the orange coloured DIY store (the one that is our second home) and riffled through what I personally think is a rather small selection of spray paints. I read a lot of US based interiors blogs and I read about all these fandangled paints, but the range that we have in our local store, not so good. I don’t know about anyone else but these massive stores that they are building crammed to the hilt with everything, and specialising in nothing are limiting! They destroy the local hardware stores yet only stock small ranges of a large number of products and consumers end up ‘making do’. I guess we have bought it upon ourselves.
I then set about constructing an elaborate way of dangling the chandelier so that I could spray paint the relevant bits and not the irrelevant ones. For this I used part of a cupboard, a chair, a piece of scrap wood (we have heaps, you can’t throw it away…just in case!) and a wire coat hanger. I think it worked rather well.
After impatiently waiting for it to dry ( I gave it a few smudges here and there by not waiting long enough. I should have really learnt, considering how very much this paint is like nail varnish and how frequently I manage to smudge that!) I screwed all the relevant parts back together (minus one that The Boy attacked with the clothes airer and broke). Thank goodness that a) I had two of these things and b) that I didn’t take both of them apart at the same time as I really needed one to inform me on how to screw the other one back together!
So, here it is one newly restored chandelier…I know that they are not everyone’s cup of tea but I absolutely love it!
This is how our lounge is set up at the moment (we had a party last week) and I love that the chandelier adds to the mismatched attitude to everything else in the room. We are not going to be able to afford all brand new furniture straight away so this eclectic look is just going to have to work for now.
Also, all respect and commendation must go to The Boy for wiring up this little baby. 2ndHandHouse appears to have the most confusing electrical set up ever! Thank goodness he loves a logical problem! Kitchen update is on it’s way…!