Tuesday, November 12, 2013


For a long time, I have been looking for a chandelier like this one.  In my teen years, my parents had a lamp just like this one over their kitchen table.  What made it unique in my book, was that it had a down light in the center.  My mother would have only that down light on, whenever I would come home in at night.  I liked the warm, cozy glow it gave to the kitchen eating area, and I
often thought I would like one for my kitchen table in our home.

I found this one at the local Habitat for Humanity Building Supply Store near my home. 
On my first visit to the store, I found the front showroom, filled with polished brass chandeliers.  Apparently, there is no longer a demand for polished brass.  As I was looking up at the big selection, I found one with a down light.  I was thrilled!  For a few dollars I purchased it and brought it home.  It was exactly like the one we had in our home.  In fact, I like to think it was the same one:)

I purchased a can of bronze metallic paint at the local KMart store. My husband cleaned it thoroughly. On a day when the wind was not too strong, he spray painted it by hanging it on the lower branches of a tree.  When he was finished, it looked just as I had imagined.  He used two coats of the spray paint, allowing the first coat to try before giving it the second coat.
I added some small crystals I already had on hand.  For so little cost and time, I now have a
chandelier like I had searched for.  The down light gave the same soft glow as I remembered
from my mother's table.

Most of the time now, thanks to the three way switch, we use only the down light, when
we are not eating our meals at the table.  If you ever wonder if you can spray paint
any polished brass fixtures you have, hopefully this will answer your question.
You too, might want to make a visit to the local Habitat For Humanity Store and
buy a can of paint like this one.

Then you too, can have a soft, warm light over your kitchen table.

Thanks for stopping by this evening, and for allowing me to share my fun lighting adventure.


Love Being A Nonny said...

love that your memory of the down light lives on!!!

Lea @ CiCis Corner said...

Oh, our kitchen table light has a down light also and I love that feature. Love your fixture and know you will enjoy the memories it evokes for you. Thanks for sharing!

Stacey said...

How pretty! I like chandeliers with a down light. It's pretty and so helpful.

Judy said...

Great fixture...great job of painting it! I have a dining fixture that looks much like that...only it is missing the down light. The best part! Maybe one day....

Rick/Ruthie said...

Don't you just love it when you find something you've been looking for in an unlikely spot! I rejoice with you in your find that has so much nostalgia.

Happy@Home said...

I think that chandelier was just waiting for you to give it a good home. The transformation done by you and your hubby is lovely.
I have a similar looking chandelier over my kitchen table although it doesn't have a downlight. I can see how that would be a very useful feature.

Anneliese said...

I love this! .. the story of the down light, and the chandelier and how you got it.

Jeane` said...

I remember that about Grandma's kitchen table too! (that, and her lone pewter candle stick that she always had glowing in the mornings). The chandelier looks GREAT! And perhaps those squirrels are enjoying a new metallic sheen to their fur. ;)

Lovella ♥ said...

I really like that Judy! I am always on the lookout for a new light over our table too. That one would be perfect. I love the casual feel with the hint of sparkle from the crystals.


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