When I found a discounted chandelier-thingy at Hobby Lobby for $20, I couldn't pass it up. I'm in the process of preparing a nursery for my baby girls arrival in June, so Ava gets new things while baby girl gets all of Ava's decorations. This little chandelier would be perfect with some red round candles inn Ava's room to replace the hanging mobile.
It required 4 candles, and with me being frugal, I balked at the cheapest price I found there at $4 each. I figured I would search online and find a better deal....to my disappointment I was very wrong! Most places (even Amazon) were carrying them in 3 count packs, and I needed four, so it would require me buy extra candles I didn't need! I started looking at alternatives to real candles since we were never going to light them and scent didn't matter since it would be hanging up high.
I ended up purchasing a pack of 6 styrofoam balls and a little bottle of red acrylic paint for about $9 with my Amazon Prime, so i got them in two days to start playing. You can't use certain materials, like spray paint, on styrofoam so be careful with your paint choice. First, I cut off a small sliver on the bottom of the styrofoam balls so they would sit flat. Then, I used a piece of styrofoam from some packing material in the garage as a paint base and toothpicks to stick in the bottoms of the styrofoam balls for drying and to help with holding. Caution, the balls still liked to twist around on the toothpick so paint on your fingers may be necessary to hold it steady! I did two coats total with suggested drying time in between, although one more coat wouldn't have hurt. All done.....I thought.
I took all the items up to Ava's room and soon decided that I didn't like the color of the chandelier with everything else, it was too dark. A decision was made that I would now paint the chandelier. I wanted it to be an almost white color, and I would sand it some to make it a little rustic and let the dark bronze come through. I did nothing at all to prep it, I didn't even clean it. Since I didn't want to invest in more paint, I used the paint we are currently painting our kitchen cabinets with, Dover White from Sherwin Williams. It was the perfect match for what I was wanting anyways! Two coats of paint with a brush (although spray paint would have been much quicker in my opinion) and then a little rough sanding with large grit sandpaper (I re-used a scrap piece that Ben had tossed recently), and I had a chandelier that turned out mostly how I wanted it to.
So, when everything was completed we went and hung up the new chandelier. It wasn't bad for a $30 investment and using materials we had already, but whenever I finish a DIY project, I can't help but wonder if I could have purchased it finished for cheaper than my time and invested dollars....! Either way, it was fun and I will know that I made it (mostly :D).
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