Please tell me I’m not the only one who has something I just walk past every day and choose to ignore.
Confession: there was an 8′ x 4′ hole in our kitchen ceiling for over six months.
But that’s not what I mean. I mean those little things in your house that bug you, but you simply choose to ignore them. For me, it was these brown sconces. They just looked dated and cheap, and they definitely didn’t add anything to my eclectic office vibe. So what’s a girl to do?
Naturally, I could just buy new ones. But especially now that we’re selling the house, I really didn’t want to pay top dollar for some quality ones. There’s something about the fact that they are eye level that makes it harder to get away with cheap ones. So they definitely needed a makeover. A move into 2015, if you will.
And for $4 each, I’d say these chic, industrial sconces were definitely a DIY win.
It all started when I spotted these bubble glass shades at Lowe’s the other day. At $4 each, I thought they were worth a try. I started by removing the old glass and taping off around the wall. Then each sconce got a coat of ASCP Graphite.
After that comes the magic. I’m sad to say that these pictures don’t really do the finish justice. I was inspired by the old file cabinet I turned into a vintage industrial beauty last year. I figured that since it sits on the opposite wall of this office, it would complement these well.
My technique on the file cabinet varied slightly (you can read about it here), but the essential effect is the same. The secret to this finish is mixing a little silver craft paint into dark wax (about a dime size of paint per tablespoon of wax). Then rub it on. And voila.
Gorgeous, rich patina. Fun bubble glass. A little industrial chic facelift.
And did you spot my new chandelier? Don’t worry, I have full details coming on that soon!
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