If at first you don’t succeed…

…try (and try, and try, and try again!!!) As you may know by now, we purchased a cookie-cutter house.  Along with that, came this standard light fixture that is in our dining room:


Not bad, but very standard and I wanted something unique.  Purchasing a new chandelier is NOT in the budget, so I thought I would try my hand at spray painting the glass shades to make them look like mercury glass:


After I sprayed Looking Glass spray paint on one shade and lightly sprayed it with black paint, it looked as though I sneezed pepper all over it!   NEXT OPTION….


I then purchased a set of inexpensive paper shades from LampsPlus and covered them in blue burlap and embellished them with kitchen twine.  I actually liked this look, but every time I turned on the chandelier I could smell the spray adhesive!  I also wasn’t keen on the idea of having these toxic fumes in our home.  NEXT OPTION…


This was the most recent look…white paper shades with navy blue grosgrain ribbon.  BUT…..our ceilings in our dining room are over 30ft tall and I needed to bring the eye down; with the white shades on, you couldn’t even see the chandelier .  Every time I walked into this room my eye did not have a place to “rest.”  NEXT OPTION (thank goodness for patient husbands)….

dining_rm_orange shades

Ahhhh!!!  I am in love with this look and since I’m driving myself nuts by how many times I’ve changed these lamp shades, it’s staying!!  I also love how you can finally see the chandelier now and the unexpected color.


What do you think?  Would you dare paint your lamp shades a bold color? 






3 thoughts on “If at first you don’t succeed…

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