So, when we last left off replacing light fixtures, we’d installed a classic school house light in our front entryway to replace a dated builder “boob light”. When I was buying that light, I also threw an industrial warehouse pendant in my cart – I wasn’t convinced that the finish was right for our home and was pretty sure I’d end up returning it, but I knew I liked the style so I figured I’d buy it with our “Just Moved” coupon and could always return it. Our coupon brought the pendant light to just about $25, and I brought it home where I decided the stainless steel finish just wouldn’t do in our space. It screamed industrial kitchen, and I’m far from a gourmet chef. And this room needed some personality.
I put it in my car to return it, and thought about what I wanted for a couple days. I didn’t really want a traditional kitchen light fixture. I have my eye on the Eldridge chandelier at Ballard Designs or something similar for our dining room, and I didn’t want more of the same in the kitchen. I just couldn’t shake the idea of the industrial pendant, I wanted something funky and fun. But again, that stainless steel wasn’t cutting it for our space.
Painting the pendant my signature green definitely crossed my mind from the beginning, but I was scared – that I wouldn’t like it or that I’d ruin it as spray painting’s not usually my strong point. And after it was painted, I certainly couldn’t return it. And finally, on Thursday I had a pep talk with myself, “Em, it’s $25. If painting it screws it up, life will go on. And if painting it makes it less timeless, so what? It was $25.” So, I pulled out a can of Rustoleum Fern spray paint (my shade of green) and went to town.
This is what we started with:
I didn’t prep this at all except to tape off the holes at the top because I didn’t want the inside to be green. I used a plastic tarp in the grass as my work station. Not a great call. I highly recommend you do this on cardboard on a hard surface, not the grass – I had issues with the plastic sticking to the light even though I taped the tarp down down – after I took this picture – which required me to sand. Don’t do that, just use cardboard.
After one coat, I was skeptical – of my color choice and the ability of this metallic lamp to look good glossy green.
But three coats (and a little sanding plus a fourth coat because of my grass and plastic choice…again, use cardboard) later I had a perfectly glossy, fern green pendant light for above our kitchen table that I adored. I let it dry for a day, then it was install time.
Mr. B took down this late 90s faux finished beauty:
And put up my green girl:
And I’m smitten. Perfectly classic and timeless like my school house light? Not at all. But so much fun, and the perfect pop of color our breakfast nook was so desperately lacking. I love how it brings the green of the family room back to the kitchen:
And mostly I love that it says we don’t take ourselves or our home too seriously. The stainless steel was too harsh for our space, and just wasn’t “us”. But the green? So very us, and a hit of whimsy that our house has been missing. I’m smitten. What about you?
And that concludes our lighting updates until I decide on a dining room fixture and bite the bullet on the price. Pretty sure whatever I choose will cost more than these last two switches combined. Hard to beat $70 for two new light fixtures.