Let’s call today Thrifty Thursday…
With some classic brass chandeliers (found at the Habitat Restore), some chalk paint, and some wax, we now have a gorgeous, finished living room.
I shared the full tour earlier this week, but suffice it to say that these babies were WAY better than the budget lights we affectionately refer to by the name of the female anatomy they resemble (you know what I mean…).
When we rewired the entire house three years ago and had plenty of lights installed (can you believe this giant room had only one small light bulb in the middle when we bought this house?!), we decided to put those budget lights up as place holders…
And they continued to “hold place” for three years… Until now.
When I saw these simple brass chandeliers at the Habitat Restore for $15 each, I knew they were the perfect solution. I gave each two coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Paris Gray (base, chain, and ceiling cover – all but the wires and light sleeves). I then gave each a solid coat of clear wax and a lot of dark wax until I liked the look. Remember, you can always remove dark wax using light wax if you put a base of clear wax on first.
It gives them almost a wood look, and the warm gray tones are perfect in our living room. I posted a picture on instagram of our living room all ready for the open house a few weeks ago, and I was so overwhelmed by the encouraging responses. I think these bright shining lights had a lot to do with that.
What do you think? Have you thrifted anything lately? Please share!
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