Last week I was super lame and didn’t post much. If you follow me on twitter, I tweeted about why I was a delinquent blogger. But for those of you non-tweeters (is that a term?), now you can learn the secret too. Actually, it’s not really a secret, so don’t get too excited. The truth is, we finally worked on our dining room and it took a lot longer than I thought it would. So gear up for this 2-part reveal.
So, here it is before:
I liked some of the elements of the room, but I hated some of the others. So, first we started with the ceiling. This light to be exact:
Not too cute. Sean and I spent many weekends at Home Depot, thrift stores, IKEA, and other places trying to find the perfect light. Each time I walked away feeling disappointed that I couldn’t find what I wanted. I kept saying that I wanted a pendant light, but I wanted to be able to hang 3 different fixtures from our ceiling, and we’re not electricians, so I knew that wouldn’t work. Finally, we decided to hit up Lowes, and I found something perfect. It was a 3 pendant light fixture all in one. And for $54, it was a steal.
So, with our pretty light fixture in hand, we headed home to take down the boob light. To our horror, sitting underneath that light was a lot of popcorn ceiling. When we bought our house, the entire ceiling was popcorn. So before we moved in, we hired a contractor to scrape and retexture the ceiling with something a little more modern. Apparently, taking down light fixtures to get rid of what was hiding underneath was not part of the popcorn removal, though.
We got a bottle of water to spray the texture, a putty knife and some ceiling texture to recreate what was going on with the rest of the ceiling. Sean sprayed and then scrapped:
And then he textured. No pictures of this, but basically he sprayed the stuff on after practicing in our garage.
So while he’s doing all of this, guess what I’m doing? Painting the ceiling!! I finally found a paint that I was in love with. It is called Shimmering Bronze and it is part of Valspar’s Brilliant Metals. I’m not going to lie either, this paint is a pain to use and you have to be really careful or you’ll see major streaks in your paint job. It requires a special roller brush, technique and patience. All of these are hard for me, yes even the special roller brush, why can’t I use what I already have? But don’t, just buy the special roller brush. And, if you decide to use this, please follow the painting process too. I read horror stories on the internet of people that hate this paint because they didn’t follow the process. You’ve been warned, and if you’re interested in hearing more about this paint, let me know. I honestly was worried that painting the ceiling would leave my neck sore, but it really wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. If you’re using a regular type of paint, it should be a breeze.
So, finally the painted ceiling was finished and dried and we installed the new light fixture!! And here’s the part where breaking this into 2 posts isn’t really feasible because the room isn’t all that big, and I can’t really hide the other updates. So, just look at the ceiling in the next picture and ignore everything else, okay?
Yay, a metallic ceiling and a new light!! The problem with the light? I still need glass shades for my pendant lights, but I’m having trouble finding anything I like. Any recommendations on where to look?
I am so happy with the updates, and can’t wait to tell you about the rest of the room!