Monday, January 7, 2013

When You Hate it Anyway

I think the thing I've learned the quickest while owning this house is if we hate something anyway, there's no reason we can't experiment with it. If you were going to throw it out anyway, why not see if a couple bucks can jazz it up?

We've already discussed my hatred for our bathroom light fixture when I tried switching the globes out for mason jars (to no avail) and I've been left staring at this fixture.


There's nothing particularly..."wrong" with the light fixture, I just don't like it. Something about the shape, I think. Yeah, I have no idea why I hate it, I just do. So while we are still in the experimental phase, I thought I'd take a hack at #83 of Young House Love's book projects.


Now, John and Sherry use the dunk method- where they just dip the things into the paint. I tried that, and I didn't have enough paint to go deep enough onto the covers as I wanted, so I ended up having to paint them by hand.

It wasn't a perfect art, and they aren't perfect, but I was able to make them close enough to what I wanted that when I hung them up they looked pretty good. I chose a caramel 'teddy bear' colored acrylic paint (that I got so it'd match the curtains and whatnot) for $0.99 from the craft store and I used a cheap children's plastic brush for more precision.


If you do this by hand like me, make sure you paint the inside. My insides ended up looking better than my outsides, and honestly, that is okay because you're going to see more of the inside anyway.

They dried REALLY fast, and in less than an hour, they were completely redone!


And here's the best picture I could get of them with the curtains so you can see the look I was going for...


And here's the best picture I could get of the straight on.


We still have a long way to go in this bathroom- but this was a really fun and easy project just to see how we'd like something. I think if we spray paint the fixture we may find it more tolerable (if I can get over the towel-bar-esque shape). But for $2.00, this wasn't a bad thing!

What did you guys do this weekend?

14 comments:

  1. ooh, big improvement! $2 well spent, I'd say :)

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  2. Bathroom fixtures are always the worst! All the pretty options seems way too expensive! Nice update! I was thinking maybe spray paint the fixture as well. I mean you might as well just in case that's what's bothering you about it. See we are already on the same page.

    I love how the cabinet turned out in this bathroom. Gorgeous color!

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    1. Yeah, totally! I'm torn between white so it will disappear when we frame the mirror, or black so it will mirror the curtain rod. And the cabinet OMG THE CABINET. I still look at it with warm fuzzies in my tummy. It's Seal by Martha! :)

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    2. I'm with Amber. I love this, and I think it already looks good. I think painting it the same color as the curtain rod will help create harmony on that level (I'd try ORB to make it look all fancy-like).

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  3. I really like it. It looks much more custom. It matches with the owls too :)

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  4. Nice! I'd try something like that with my bathroom fixtures, but they're just stage-light looking bulbs sticking out from the fixture itself. No way to jazz that up, but hey, at least they're new...

    We went looking for a new sofa over the weekend. Everything was either ugly, uncomfortable, or both, so for the price we're just sticking with our uncomfortable old couch. We did manage to fit a Konrad desk from World Market in the back of our little compact car, so at least the whole weekend wasn't an entire bust. This thing is huge and has enough room for Rob (husband) and myself to sit at on our laptops. For $151 after sale and 10% coupon? Score!

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    1. Thanks! Ugh- I hate those stage lights- so many shadows. Try hitting up a Habitat store- you can usually score a fixture like this for 10 bucks. Also, totally stoked to hear you took advantage of that sale! I've been resisting the urge to go prowling...I'm a World Market coupon hoarder.

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  5. Oh I think that looks great-- the whole room is really coming together. I love the color of your vanity

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  6. I especially like the gold/brassy candlesticks with the new lights and the dark vanity. Nice look!!

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  7. Pssshh... how easy was that? It looks great!

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  8. I just saw this in their book and really want to try it in our bathroom! Such a neat idea!

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