We’ve saved hundreds of dollars. Not by switching to Geico. lol. (Sorry, I had to.) But by spray painting the light fixtures that came with our home! Today, I want to share with you the before and afters of our 90s brass fixtures.
I can’t stress enough the power of paint! It can transform almost anything. Our 90s home had some faded brass light fixtures. They dated our house. But instead of buying all new light fixtures, we bought a can of spray paint and made them more classic. I’m all about design that can stand the test of time.
Here’s what some of the light fixtures looked like before. ( I didn’t get a before picture of all of them, but you get the idea.)
You can see how the brass finish has faded. They also needed a good cleaning from all the renovation dust. We taped up any pieces of glass to prevent them from getting painted on, and we removed the glass domes on the chandelier for good.
I believe it took about 3 or 4 coats of black spray paint to achieve a solid finish. I can’t even begin to describe how NEW the lights look now. Shiny and classic. For the chandelier, I had the idea to buy Edison bulbs for a vintage look. It honestly looks like something you’d buy at a store brand new!
Here are the light fixtures now!
The moral of the story here is: work with what you have. For $6, we updated 5 light fixtures! Often times, a little paint and creativity can go a long way. See the beauty in what God has given you. Get a little crafty. It’s so gratifying to look up at our light fixtures and see how we used our resources and creativity to save money. These light fixtures give me joy when I look up at them.
So tell me, what projects have you transformed with a little paint?
Disclaimer: I am not a dermatologist or a skincare expert. I’m just a girl who loves pumpkins in the fall! Whenever making a diy mask or using a new skincare product, always apply a small amount to your arm before using to test how your skin will react.
There’s two things I’m currently all about right now: pumpkins and selfcare. There’s just something about fall: the way it looks, feels, tastes. I yearn for it more each passing year. And with that longing, my love for pumpkins grows. They really are a delight, aren’t they?
While amidst my favorite season, I’m also in a season of change in my life personally. This presents challenges at times, but I’m learning to take time to breathe in the fresh air, and lean in to my Savior.
So since pumpkins and selfcare are two things I am loving right now, I thought I’d combine the two! A pumpkin face mask! 🎃
As if I even needed another reason to love pumpkins, they happen to be really beneficial to your skin! Pumpkin smoothes and brightens your skin, contains acne fighting zinc, has lots of fatty acids and vitamin e, and contains antioxidants for radiant skin!
This simple mask only contains 3 ingredients, and is so fun and festive to use! Hmmm fall themed spa-night, anyone? 🍁😏
Pumpkin Face Mask
- 2 TB of canned organic pumpkin
- 1/2 tsp of raw honey
- 1/2 tsp of extra virgin olive oil
- Combine the ingredients and stir in a small bowl.
- Apply to a clean face and leave on for 15 minutes.
- Rinse skin with cool water and blot dry.
- Enjoy hydrated, plump skin!
This recipe yields enough for two to three uses. Store covered in the fridge and use within a couple of days.
Light a candle, grab your favorite book or magazine (The Magnolia Journal), and enjoy the pumpkin-y goodness!