This is where it all started. I found this picture on The Yvestown Blog. The decorating style of this blogger captures me. I love her use of color.
Those green pendants hanging over her kitchen island.
Somehow I thought they balanced perfectly with the color combination she had going on in there.
Next ensued a diligent online search for mint green ceiling pendants. I found a few mint green ceiling pendants, but I wasn’t really finding anything that was worth purchasing. These pendants are a bit trendy and the mint green color is somewhat whimsical. I didn’t want to be spending a lot of money on something that may not stick around for years.
What do I finally do? I emailed the writer of the Yvestown Blog and asked where she bought her lovely mint green pendants. Well, it turns out this blogger lives in the Netherlands. And, the store where she bought them at (in the Netherlands) no longer carries them. Lovely.
I continued my search online. I looked through a few brick and mortar stores in the area. I found many barn light pendants (I learned that’s kind of the ‘official’ name for these lights), but I didn’t find any in the mint green color.
Then, IN A MOMENT OF CREATIVITY…
I remembered this barn light fixture. It wasn’t the right color, but why can’t we spray paint it? WE CAN SPRAY PAINT IT! I already had a bottle of Krylon’s Honeydew spray paint. This Krylon color is basically a toned down mint green.
We purchased the barn light pendant. Since we already had the spray paint at home (from another unfinished creative moment), this project was turning out to be quite inexpensive.
We have done a little bit of spray painting over the years. This is what works successfully for us. Here are a few tips we have learned when spray painting:
1. Constantly keep moving. Don’t ever stop and hold the can in one spot while spraying.
2. Hold the spray paint can about two feet away.
3. Think thin layer after thin layer.
4. Allow the coats to 80% dry before starting another coat. In other words, a little tackiness is good when you start the next coat. The paint has a better chance of adhering well.
Here’s the old light fixture:
This light fixture was here when we moved in a couple years ago. Obviously, NOTHING is
wrong with this light fixture. But, one of our favorite things to do on the weekends is change something in our home so it reflects more of US.
We completed this project in less that 48 hours. We bought a new light fixture on Friday evening. We spray painted it Saturday morning. We hung the new fixture on Sunday afternoon.
This light fixture is not quite as bright of a green as we see in my inspiration picture at the top of the page. Subtle is good for me. It keeps me from having buyer’s remorse. Once I add lots of bold color in a room, I start to over think any other decor I can add to the room. I start to get too concerned about coordinating. This is perfect for us!
We find satisfaction taking something and trying to make it better. This was a quick and easy project that almost anyone can do. Updating our homes can quickly become expensive and time consuming. Adding a little paint to some furniture, or, in this case, a light fixture, can be one of the most inexpensive ways to add fresh color to your decor.
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