Wednesday, August 27, 2014

In the meantime…lighting


Thank you all for the nice comments about my kitchen remodel. I am not completely finished yet…and am looking forward to getting it styled for some “glamour shots” soon.


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Here is a shot of the sink wall. As you can see, we still need to install handles on the cabinets and paint the wood trim around the window. In the meantime…lets talk about the lighting I found and used in the space.

 
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This photo was taken the day we installed the our chandeliers. I was so excited to move my tables in so we could best determine the height. Now a little info on these two beautiful lights.
 
I knew I wanted some type of lantern over my new round table in the breakfast nook. I even posted these 2 options on my Instagram
 
 
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I decided on using the lantern style light above left. I searched online and at my local lamp stores, but could not find just what I was looking for in size and price range. Then, one day I stopped into a local thrift store and look what I found…
 
 
 
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Perfect style…perfect size…unbelievable price…$4.99! Yes…under 5 dollars! Not perfect was the 1980’s shiny gold finish. But for under five bucks it was worth a little DIY updating.
 
This lantern is solid brass, beveled glass, and has 6 candelabra lights with an unexpected bonus of an under mount spot lamp…



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I wasn’t even sure if it still worked…but again, for $5 it was worth the risk! I knew I wanted a gold tone so I researched the best gold spray paints…see this post from Brittany Makes for an excellent comparison. I decided on Design Master in Antique Gold.
 
 
 
 
 
After taking the lantern apart…I laid it out and sprayed each piece. Using several light coats, I achieved the perfect coverage and gold finish I was hoping for.
 
 
 
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Now look at her shine!
 
 
 
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I love the shadows that are cast on the ceiling when the light is on. This pretty gold lantern looks perfect with the other chandelier I hung over my antique pine farm table…
 
 
 
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I really wanted something more dramatic, and shiny, and dripping with crystals as shared in this post from June. I found it with this beautiful light. Purchased from the kitchen design showroom that I used for my kitchen plans. They were changing out one of their showroom vignettes and selling this fixture…sold!
 
 
 
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Now on to some really fun and exciting lighting news! I was browsing thru my Instagram feed one day and entered a giveaway for a beautiful Coleen and Company Vivienne Lantern…
 
 
 
 
The Vivienne Lantern shown in standard "Ivory" w/ Gold Gilt Trim
 
Guess what? I won!!!
 
 
 
 
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How exciting! This beautiful Vivienne Lantern is being hand crafted just for me! All of the gorgeous lights and lanterns from Coleen & Company are amazing. Visit their site here.
 
I have plans to hang it in my stairway when it arrives…stay tuned!
 
 
 

3 comments:

  1. Laura, your new kitchen is simply beautiful! I love the choices you made…..the gold is so pretty with the white cabinets, marble backsplash and pretty countertop. I can't believe the one over your table is a thrift store find!! It looks gorgeous in there, and compliments your crystal chandelier so perfectly!! Thanks for sharing, you are inspiring me to have a little more patience until we can do what we really want with our kitchen, and I loved seeing all the elements of yours. Beautiful. Enjoy.

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  2. Ah!!!!!! your kitchen looks SO good. The marble backsplash is a showpiece. The lighting you chose is absolutely perfect

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