So, I have a problem. Lately I've been painting everything. My husband is a little concerned with my inability to relax and do NOTHING, but when I have a little downtime I have a mental list of things. Do you have this list?
The mental list of things that bother me:1. The stairs: thank you LORD that this job is done. Oh my.
2. The breakfast nook chandelier
3. The brown cabinets in the laundry room
4. Our bathroom. Someone color blind painted it.
5. Our upstairs hallway. The "neutral" color it is painted makes it feel like a doctor's office.
6. Master bedroom - painted the same "neutral" color. Doctor's offices are not sexy.
7. And on, and on, and on......
So, now that number one was done I was itching to get started on number two. I have wanted to paint the chandelier red from day one, I don't know why. In my mind I saw a red chandelier. The problem was I didn't want to fool with electricity to remove the dang thing. I have a fear of electric shock, I know - completely unnatural.
Then one day last week I stumbled onto a youtube video of a guy painting a chandelier without taking it out of the ceiling, a miracle!!! God must want that chandelier red too. You are welcome to view the youtube video, but I warn you it's long and there is no music or voice, so I watched it in fast forward...
Man it looked insanely easy. I couldn't believe I had not thought of this before! You simply unscrew the top part from the ceiling just enough to get a drop cloth (read: old sheet) under it, pull it all the way around and then screw it tight. Suddenly you have a barrier that will keep the windows, walls and ceiling from becoming red as well.
This is what it looked like before I started, does anyone else have this chandelier? I did NOT put back the rings at the bottom, they make me want to slap someone every time I bump them.
I removed the glass part and the bulbs, then I started hanging the sheet. In our home no one wants to use top sheets, so they ALL become drop clothes...
After you get the sheet around, use thumb tacks to fix it where you want it to cover the ceiling. The youtube video makes this part look easy, but it was not. I could not figure out how the guy got it to come together in the front, so I just left the front open and always painted towards the sheet. Also notice I covered the table underneath with a drop cloth, this will keep the extra spray from turning your table pink.
His turned out flat against the ceiling, I don't know how he did that. I think he could also do magic.
First I used a spray kilz on it. I learned the hard way that there is a reason for kilz (because I used to think that spray painting did not need this... I was wrong) and that it makes everything much easier. I liked it better already. Allow to dry. This is IMPORTANT. I know this from experience.
Also, look closely at the top of the chandelier where the sheet connects, does it LOOK like it will be easy to spray paint this part? I think not. When I was done with all the other parts I actually had to spray the paint in an old bowl and use an actual paint brush (after taping, yeah, not so easy GUY) to finish it. Inevitably some spray will get around it, when it's dry you can scrape it off.
The finished project. I love it. I stare at it. It's like my kitchen is complete now. I have repeatedly asked my husband to stare at it. He is looking into mental hospitals.