Here she is, my naked chandelier. Isn't she a beauty? I've had this lovely light fixture since 2003, a long time, but you know, until recently, I never really noticed her elegant lines and pretty patina. That was all hidden behind her shades.
I've got some more pretty lamps to show you at the end of my post, today is another Dose Of DIY blog hop...but first, back to my chandy story.
When I opened the box, I unwrapped those shades and stuck them on the bulbs, it never dawned on me that they were optional. Besides, I liked the look. They warmed the space and softened the bulb glow. Over the years, I have looked into replacing them, but never found anything that I liked better, so they stayed.
Then a few weeks ago, I decided that the old, tired look needed to go. I had reupholstered my chair, rearranged my furniture and made a new sign. It was definitely time for fresh lighting in the kitchen.
I wanted something simple with cleaner lines and a rustic feel.
At first, I thought about buying new, but that's not really my DIY style and I knew I could turn the old one into something truly fabulous. I could paint it, embellish the old shades or add crystals. Of course, I would need my husband to take it down first and knowing that would not happen immediately, I decided to get a jump on the process and remove the shades.
Now, this is the point where I would normally tell you exactly how I went about transforming my old light fixture into the new, showing you step by step with lots of pretty pictures, but you see, I already did.
It was quick. Did you miss it?
Yup, no shades. That's the big reveal.
You see, once I took them off, I loved it and the room looked so different and so open. I stared at that chandelier for hours, no kidding, while I was cooking, washing dishes, folding laundry, at the computer and watching kids in the pool. I kept trying to imagine some way I could make it look better, but I couldn't.
It was just perfect the way it was.
I didn't want the shades back, at least not for now, so embellishing them was out. I asked myself what color could I paint it to make it look better, but nothing stood out in my mind. Not even red.
Shocking, I know.
The crystals are still a thought, but not now, I am still enjoying the newness and its chic simplicity.
I will say that choosing the proper bulbs was a challenge. That did take some careful thought and a lot of time. Without the shades, the light was quite harsh. I bought several bulbs and since I was going for a rustic look, I even tried the vintage filament styles.
In the end, I opted for a basic frosted number. It was the easiest on the eyes.
I wasn't going to share this change. While technically it does qualify as a DIY ~ after all, I did remove the shades all by myself ~ it's not really what you expect when you hear that term. Then I reconsidered, because frankly, it's exactly the kind of "project" I talk about all the time, the tiny tweak that can have a huge impact on a room. Feathering your nest doesn't have to be costly, time consuming or complicated.
More importantly, it illustrates my other favorite point, that anyone, regardless of their DIY ability or experience, can be creative to some capacity and decorate on their own. AND frankly, if today's post doesn't prove that, well, I don't know what to say anymore.
Except that nakedness is a good thing.
Well, not for me, but definitely for my chandy.
Do you go shadeless?
Are you looking for some actual DIY projects? Well, you're in luck, I have a bunch of brilliant lighting transformations from my Dose Of DIY friends.
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