Theirs & Mine: Save Hundreds on this Pineridge Rejuvenation Lighting Hack!10:05:00 PM
I've been so busy this spring and summer trying to revamp my (ugly) kitchen. It was poorly renovated in the 1990s, and man, something needed to be done!
One of the first things I knew I needed to change was the lighting - hence, this post!
The cabinets are all original (1959 - and when I pulled them apart to paint them all, I found the original "MADE IN SWEDEN" stamps on the bottom sides - too cool!) but at some point in the 90's someone put horrible blue pastel tile all over the walls, a terrible blue pastel counter top (which was rotten - literally - and needed to be removed - but that's another post...), and a halogen 3-light flush-mount fixture in the center of the 18ft vaulted ceilings.
The light (along with the counters and tile) had to go. And I wanted to update the recessed lights in the ceiling in the process.
I'd been searching high and low for some gorgeous, somewhat period appropriate reproduction lights (as it didn't seem I would be lucky enough to actually a) find 3 original vintage matching lights, and b) be able to afford such lights) that wouldn't break the bank.
I ended up making my own countertops out of this retro laminate -
|Wilsonart's "Betty" laminate|
image courtesy of Wilsonart.com
and I planned to have my back splash be the robins egg blue so I wanted to bring out the orange in the counter, without being too peach, or too too orange.
So I went searching for copper pendants online fitting my needs. Here are the ones I originally fell in love with:
|Rejuvenation's Pineridge Corded Pendant, in Copper, 20"|
I loved it - but not for $475. I couldn't do 1 of these, let alone 3.
So - I improvised. I 'made' my own. For about $40 each.
- Warehouse-Style Hanging Pendant Light, 17", in brushed nickel*
- Rustoleum Copper Spray Paint (I used 2 tins on 3 lights)*
- Rustoleum Clear Coat Spray Paint (I used Matte finish, but if you wanted your copper shade to be shiny, use High Gloss)*
- Blue Painter's Tape (I used 3M)*
1. Prepare your pendants.
I used this Blue painter's tape (3M) for my taping.*
I used plastic bags taped to the cords to protect them, carefully taping off any area that the spray paint might reach. (You'll have to excuse the post-paint tape picture - but see to the right, where the finger is pointing? you have to get your tape into that groove and have it make a good seal)
I taped the outer rim of the light (I figured this was much easier than trying to get a straight tape line on the inside rim of the shade) making sure that my tape was nice and snug, and tucked right down into the groove (I used a tweezers to shove it down in there).
Easy as that. You'll need to keep your coats really light and even. Make sure you're spraying in a well ventilated, but not windy! area.
My lights took 4 coats of the copper spray. Seal the copper sprayed shades with a clear coat* of your choice.
Sew at Home Mummy Tip:
The copper spray by Rustoleum* has a natural matte finish - if you want to end up with shiny copper shade, use a clear gloss spray over top, like this one.*
I sealed the copper paint with a matte finish clear*, as I liked that rustic look.
Carefully remove your tape, and hang!
And, notice that the recessed lights are no longer recessed, but pendant?
Look for my how-to post on converting recessed or can lights to any other fixture style here soon!
Thanks for reading - and if you end up hacking one of these lights, I'd love to see it! Share it in the comments.