This is our old UGLY foyer pendant light.
It was “gifted” to us (haha, by default of the sale of the home) by the sellers when we moved in our old 1973 home.
I’m discovering that I have a very eclectic taste in decorating.
Honestly I think that means I don’t know what in the heck I really like–I have a mish mash of this….a little hodgepodge of that…..
So, it’s not that the style was totally out of the ballpark on what I could love. It’s just that the color was all wrong, for starters…….It just looked OLD and dated (like everything else in the house. OMG, you should have seen the wallpaper we had to remove!!!). And it just didn’t do “anything” for the foyer.
However, it took some crafty painting today to turn this baby from THIS:
….into THIS, which I absolutely love!!
It was pretty easy to paint because I didn’t have to remove it before painting. Call me lazy. Call me scared to even touch anything electrical!
So here’s how to do it.
How to Paint an Old Pendant Light
For projects like this, you can use regular old crafting paint. I usually love to use chalk paint (which don’t require priming) or spray paint (which you can buy with primer in it). But I didn’t want to have to buy special paint for it.
Plus, since this pendant light just hangs….well, I figured I could use any paints since no one was going to be touching it. No risk of paint coming off!
So I used Americana Paints, in black.
Before painting it, I had to remove the glass. They were full of dust! ICK! I wasn’t too crazy about the little etched decorations on the glass, but hey–you can’t have it all, right??
I really liked how smoothly the paint went on. It was a nice, thick coverage. I would have liked to use a sponge brush, to get into the little crevices, but my scatterbrain misplaced it. So, a cheap little paint brush was going to have to do….
At first, I thought I was going to be Miss Steady Hand and take a short-cut and paint the top without taping off. YEAH…right. Just tape it and make your job easier, Serena! Sloppy shortcuts always result in crappy outcomes!
So, I taped off.
And I painted the chain links, as well. I did not paint the electrical cord, for fear it would combust or something like that. But since it was a dark color, as well, it blends in nicely.
The beauty of just painting a pendant lamp like this is that you don’t even have to disconnect the light; you just tape off where it meets the ceiling, and keep it rollin’.
Believe me, we learned our lesson back when we tried to be DIY electricians when we tried to change out the kitchen lights. Not going “there” again, yo!
I loved how it turned out!
Isn’t it awesome to paint something and not have to pay a fortunate to replace it? 🙂