Happy New Year! How is 2014 going for you so far? One of my goals for this year is to be a little better about finishing projects. I have a never ending list of things I’m working on. I’m notorious for starting something because I get an idea and get so excited that I just have to jump in. Even if I’m not sure how I’m going to finish it. That’s just kind of how I roll. Well this week I finished up my swag light project that I started back in November. I hung a swag light over our dining room table without a plan for something to cover the light with. I knew the look I wanted I just didn’t know how to go about getting it.
Then I remembered I had these gold leaf flakes I had bought for another project I’m working on and they gave me an idea. I’ve never used gold leaf before but I decided to try mixing it with some paint. And it worked! Love it when that happens.
But before I get to that I have to tell you how I solved this dilemma. Remember how I wasn’t able to get the hooks flush with the ceiling? Well, my brother-in-law was over one day and we had a little convo. It went something like this. Me: Hey, how do you think I can fix that? Him: Uh, just pull down and turn it. Duh.
Ok, he didn’t actually say duh, he’s much nicer than that. That’s just how I felt when I realized how obvious his answer was. It was one of those duh moments. So I just pulled the bolt down, which mounted the wing nut against the other side of the ceiling, and then turned it to screw it in. Then, when only about an inch or so of the bolt was showing I just held it with pliers and screwed the hook to the other end until it went flush with the ceiling.
This is the dining table without a light over it.
Here it is now.
This was really easy and I was able to finish it in one day. It wouldn’t have even taken that long except that it needs drying time. This is what I used.
- White drum shade.
- Martha Stewart Metallic Paint in vintage gold.
- ArtMinds Gold Leaf flakes.
- One regular paint brush.
- Two foam paint brushes.
- I started by painting sections of the shade with the gold paint. Before it could dry I added gold leaf in thin clumps to the wet paint with a foam brush. I did this all the way around the shade.
- Then I let it dry for a few minutes and I went back over it with the gold paint, but only painting small sections over the gold leaf. So the paint is acting as a glue and a sealant. Then I let it dry for about an hour. When I was sure it was dry I took a clean foam brush and brushed off the excess gold leaf.
- Then I repeated the process until I was happy with the way it looked. This is SO messy so be sure to use a drop cloth otherwise it will be all over your house.
I was going for something with a heavy look and a metal-like texture. I think the gold leaf gave it that effect. This area is much more cozy with a light and I think it defines the space a little more. I guess I’m gonna have to go pick up some more gold leaf for that other project I mentioned. I’m working on something to replace the Union Jack coffee table since I sold it. If it works I’ll be sharing it here in a week or so. See you soon!