Happy Monday to you all! I hope all of you mothers had a wonderfully blessed Mother’s Day yesterday.
If you’ll remember, on Friday I shared with you the chandelier that I modified with a bit of stain and paint for Gwen’s bathroom. This weekend, I finished up the rest of the lighting. This is such an easy process, and really allows you to use very inexpensive lighting, and transform it into something that looks much more expensive and special.
Of course, for many of us, a nice brushed nickel finish would be just fine. However, for Gwen’s bathroom, brushed nickel simply wouldn’t work. Again, you can read more about that here.
So the goal…to turn a plain brushed nickel light fixture into an antiqued gold and silver light fixture.
Here’s what I started with:
And then I painted the remaining exposed metal with gold spray paint. Scary, I know!!!
After that dried, I used a paint brush and applied stain to all of the gold areas.
I left the stain on for just two or three minutes (not long at all), and then used a rag to blot the stain. You can see the difference in this picture. The left side of the bar has been blotted, but the right side hasn’t yet been blotted.
After all of the gold was covered with stain and blotted, I removed the tape from the silver parts. I then lightly brushed some stain on the silver, and then rubbed it with my rag to create a softer effect than that on the gold parts. I wanted it to be much lighter on the silver, and also to settle in some of the crevices.
The last step in the aging/antiquing process is to use a toothbrush (preferably not the one you use on your teeth) and some black paint, and lightly splatter the light with small specks of black paint. If some larger drops got on the light, I simply used my rag and blotted them away.
After the light was dry, I gave it a quick spray with clear matte spray, and it was done!
I’m really incredibly pleased with how these turned out, and I think they’ll look great in Gwen’s bathroom!! They’ll be the “link” between the chrome/brass bathroom fixtures, and the aged fixtures that we’re adding to the bedroom.
Here’s another look at the difference that the aging/antiquing process makes. The top light is antiqued, while the bottom one has the spray painted gold finish and the original brushed nickel finish.
And another comparison of the paint alone vs. the antiquing.
And yet another…
I really love that last picture. You can really see how the stain settled in the crevices on the silver finial and gives it such a subtle and beautiful patina.
Isn’t it amazing what a little stain and paint can do?
These will be installed on Wednesday, and then this project will start winding down. I love it when a plan comes together so beautifully! And I’m anxious to share the full “before” and “after” of this project with you.
But before that can happen, I have some draperies, two valances, and a shower curtain to make! Yikes!!
I hope you have a wonderful day!
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