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?