When I bought my house three years ago, it came with the world’s ugliest dining room and entryway light fixtures. They were fake brass candelabra-type fixtures straight out of the 1970s. They required a gazillion tiny, inefficient light bulbs. After doing a quick search for a new fixture, I quickly realized that instead of wasting money on new fixtures and and the necessary electrician to hang the new fixtures, I could simply "refurbish' the old chandeliers and make them look like updated, modern fixtures. This would not only serve my budget but would also HELP THE PLANET. After doing a bit of research, I quickly realized that over 21 million lighting fixtures worldwide are disposed of annually This is an ASTONISHING amount of rubber-plated electrical wires, aluminum, brass, and mercury-laden CFL lights being buried in landfills and poisoning the surrounding environment.
There is a better way to breathe new life into your old lighting fixtures and keep them from poisoning the land fills! Here is how I refurbished at least (3) of my old fixtures:
I quickly set out to locate an environmentally friendly spray paint ( I used Pinty Plus Aqua Based Spray Paint) and easily converted the color of my fixtures from a dark bronze color to a more modern, gold color.
With my living room chandelier, I attached a selection of natural beige, wood bead garland and drops. WOW what a difference that made with the fixture! The before and after is pictured below!
I then attached a set of Turquoise, Wood Bead Magnetic Chandelier Garland to the flat, iron chandelier that was hanging in my bedroom. Although the fixture below is shown hanging in my living room, I actually have the fixture hanging in my bedroom. Again - what a difference a little spice of color made on this fixture! I also glued a collection of golden wood beads on the outer rim to give the fixture some added texture. See below!
Lastly, I was able to dress up a very bland, bronze chandelier hanging in my dining room by quickly adding a few strands of magnetic chandelier garland and coordinating magnetic crystal drops. The image below shows the fixture hanging in my sitting room as I was unable to get a good image of the fixture above my table. The crystal really gave this chandelier the pop it needed to give my living space a quick revamp!
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