painting a chandelier "gold"Wanted to show you the finished chandelier

I will let it go at mid day.

Reluctantly.  It’s sO cOOl!


I already told you how I wore myself out trying to sand off the previous texture, and then used a Rust-Oleum metallic paint-and-primer in one as my base.  I used it to completely cover the textured verdigris finish and to seal any raw metal exposed in sanding.

I let it have the night to completely set up—especially because our humidity felt like it working on the finish--reached 1000%.  The Next day I began work on capturing that “golden patina” she was after, which comes from a multitude and range of “gold tones.”  Hence the menagerie of paints!

I used a combination of brush, spray & my fingers.

*I’ve had gold fingers for a few days~ down to some gold fingernails now! ; D

For the spray part, I used a handy little sprayer for small projects by Preval It’s a spray paint kit that allows you to make spray paint with latex paints—you’ll need to thin your paint just a bit.

Preval paint spraying system for small projects*You can buy these handy sprayers in most big box store’s paint departments.

I buy/keep a few starter (complete) kits and a few replacement sprayers on hand.  I’ve found the power unit can get too cold so I’ll switch to another and rotate between them.  The lidded jar lets me keep extra paint on hand “just in case!”

With all of these metallic colors and “techniques,” it was just a case of building up the COLOR in patient layers.

After it had a good amount of drying time, it felt a little “rough” again so I “sanded” it down with extra fine steel wool to a smooth touch, but,

enough talk—

Kristen's chandelier--

Kristen's chandelier--after

It’s tough to get a good shot of this because it has to hang from a rafter (it’s really heavy), and my studio is a wreck once again (Uuuuhhg).


another detail, andange of color to the candle sleeve--lor to th a chSo, one more thing….

The white candle sleeves just look too stark white so I painted a few of the old ones an old white that I thought might look more natural.  I’ll see what she thinks when I give up this beauty today.

*the old white candle sleeve is in the foreground—

And, Btw—below is the house it’s going to live in!  I laughed arriving there to meet with Kristen—I almost sold this house back in 1991 but my buyers were scared away by the amount of work it needed.  It was incredible then and more so now!


.…hey, this is the ceiling it will hang from—sigh……


--the incredible details of OLD architecture!

I know this house!  ; D



Kristen's chandeliers--This project began in a call from my favorite lighting store, (who has rewired many a crazy lighting projects for me) would I be interested in a decorative paint job for one of their clients…?  Well, let’s see it!

No—they don’t want me to paint this beauty, whew!  They wanted the finish of this one to inspire the finish of another…..

it too, was amazing!

*Can I turn them down and just buy both from them instead!?!


Kristen's chandeliers--

Yes, I can see why they want to alter this one!  Big job getting between all those arms -16 of them- but, SURE!  Here are some details—-

details of Kristen's chandeliers--

I could totally see the first chandelier’s finish inspiring this one’s finish—but it turned out she wanted something else after all.

She would like it to have the soft, golden, brassy tones and glow of THIS ONE to be the inspiration.

the inspiration chandelier--

Yep~this is going to be a challenge.

After a thorough cleaning and a few test patches for color I realized the texture that came with the verdigris finish was seriously problematic.  And I spent the next 2 hours HAND SANDING the whole thing—a job I would NOT want to do again.  Ever.  I was filthy by the end of it, and my hands just ached.

sanding away the texture--

You can see all my hard work in the smoothness of the primer coating.

--the smoothness after sanding the texture away

working on the finish--


When I finish the FINISH -haha-

I’ll share pictures….

it’s looking really nice, and actually old!


I want to keep it!


LAST year we had a big birthday party blow-out for MoM,

MoM's birthday 2013

THIS year is very low-key and quiet with a small family bbq on Sunday.

Prince George's b-day!BuT–parties abound for my niece’s nephew (are you thinking that one through?!), for a great-great nephew, an early celebration for my cousin’s son (while we were just up North at my Auntie’s cottage), and don’t forget Prince George!  ; D

I’m busy on a time-sensitive custom paint job for someone and will be back to you soon—with pictures!


more Haven

Haven sponsors 2014-


Day 2 of Haven

I focused more on meeting the incredible sponsors and vendors who came to support us!

Now I realize I forgot to take photos of the mANy cool things they were sharing with us (and I’ve seen in the pictures of others many things I missed altogether).

It’s just hard to take it ALL in!






my 2nd day of HAVEN!Let me begin with #1.  I am sO bummed I missed this session where they were showing how to work with their concrete product by creating this concrete garden lounger.  I DiD try it out and it was surprisingly comfortable—not just beautiful (with all its pitted areas)!

#2 was quite a surprise to me—because I’m not really into crafting.  I love building.  But I admit to being captivated by the things you can do with Duck tape and Frog tape’s scalloped tape.  Yes–I’ll be playing!

#3.  I fell totally in love with this bird fabric and will be ordering some for a project!  The OnlineFabricStore and Lacefield had incredible samples for us to view–and even some for our swag bags!

#4.  This on  display in GMC‘s sponsor booth—well, y’know me and car parts!

There were sO many great give away’s so instead of bombarding you with it all, I’ll share things along the way as I’m using them!

Until then, here are some of the fabulous women I met up with!

the ladies of HAVENClock wise–me and MaryBeth!  I succumbed to the candy bar and suddenly heard, “Catherine? Are you Freddy and Petunia?”  Omg—YOU’re my follower?! (I am a small blog yet)

With Susan from BNOTP!  With Wendi from H²O Bungalow who I met in the Kreg booth and discovered another woman totally into construction and tools!  My people!  Rhoda taking a break from the hectic pace, with Wendi, Brittany from Pretty Handy Girl, and my pal Gail–My Repurposed LifeLynda from Oh So Shabby taking a break, with Gail and Karen from The Graphics Fairy!  And me and Gail with Serena from Thrift Diving—omg is she a fUn and funny girl~so happy to have met her!

On the first conference day, sitting between Gail and my roomie, Lisa.  Apparently it’s really tough to just Un-Plug!

Gail and Lisa---couldn't unPlug totally!And finally, the last night Ryobi treated us to a Beach Party!

the Ryobi Beach Party!top~Lisa, Gail, & me

bottom pic~Wendi, Sue, me & Gail!  Two more of sweetest ladies I was so happy to meet!

I was excited to learn it was also the weekend of the Scott Antique Market and I went on Sunday morning!  I’ll share pictures of the cOOl stuff I saw AND bought later!
Before heading back to the hotel I also visited The Swan House again.  This time I had lots of time to tour it and they even let us take pictures!

But for now, I have to get back to projects!


my Haven

Haven conference

1. Exhausting.

2. A break-neck, action-packed pace of INFORMATION and FUN.

3. A place of kinship with like-minded people.


It’s all true—and I can’t wait to

do it again!

traveling to HAVEN*Unexpected company kept me from getting to sleep till past midnight, and the hill-billy neighbor woke me at 3:07am yelling at their dog under my bedroom window.  I’m thinking strongly about some retribution.  :  /

I was on the road just past 4am—missing multiple big city traffic jams, YaY!  A good day of travel -even tired- and nice to watch the falling gas prices heading south.

my respite in Murfreesboro--I stopped in Murfreesboro like usual to hit a favorite Antique Mall, but got off at the wrong exit and landed in a different store.  Uh~must have been meant-to-be….look what I found!

A trophy urn-styled silver ice bucket!

I hit rain on and off throughout the day, but, wOw!–did it pound down on us in the Smokey Mountains.  I reached the hotel by 8 and was just tired enough to call it a night.  -old-huh?

Thursday morning I headed down to the ballroom to offer help putting the swag bags together and get to meet up with some of the ladies—omg did we score some incredible things!  At noon’ish I left to go shopping play at one of my favorite stores– A Classy Flea!

A Classy Flea!I, of course, bought more silver.

“You can’t have it all!” doesn’t seem to apply to moi!


Haven conference--There was a cocktail party the first night of the conference -with a very talented balladeer singing for us ME!

First thing Friday morning I headed downstairs to meet Mike Holmes!

meeting Mike Holmes at Haven!

Day 1 of the conference I focused so heavily on the sessions I didn’t get around to meeting any of the fabulous sponsors sO I changed gears on day 2!


….with LOTS to tell!

traveling back from HAVEN

And, thankfullyno tornadoes on return!

But for right now,

I have some unpacking to do and TALL grass to mow… ; D


I’m heading to

Haven 2014

I’ll be back to you really soon!


I’m here safe and sound, albeit road wary–






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