Sunday, March 18, 2012

Vintage Milk Glass Makeover

Look at this beauty! I found her at the ReStore in the little town I grew up in, where my mother still lives.  
At first sight, I was ga-ga over the hobnailed milk-glass shades, but the brassy-gold metal and scratched  up wood bits were far from pretty!
But for $15.00 I was willing to take the chance with a makeover involving a few different shades of spray-paint!
Out came the painter's tape - I wanted to paint the golden areas silver and the wooden parts antique white.  It was a two-part paint project. Lots of taping and re-taping in other areas.    
Then after several layers of paint (that yellow-y wood just wouldn't cover!) it was time to put it all back together, re-work the wiring and hang it from the ceiling.  And not just any ceiling.  It had to go in the 20 foot ceilings in our stairwell!!

My father-in-law assisted my hubby with all of these steps.  More hands makes light work!!
This is my father-in-law, Jim, checking the final height.  
And here she is!!  TA-DA!  Doesn't she look marvelous??  So  much tidier and brighter and perfect for our vintage-y styled stairwell.  This is the last area of our home I am working on. As you can see, I am in need of a covering for the window behind and I have a collection of plates I would like to hang for some extra colour.  

But for the now, the light is a lovely new addition.  
Here it is, glowing after dark.  We chose yellow-y bulbs to make a warm glow.  
Oh yes.  I love it more and more every day.  


  1. What an awesome makeover! Great job! Thanks for stopping by Take Six. I am your newest follower via LF. Have a great week! :)

  2. Oh My! What a FABULOUS Makeover! Love love LOVE the new colors, and those milkglass shades are yummy!~

  3. This is a testament to how spray painting can transform something. Really went from dab to fab. Great transformation, love the hob nail shades. Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration at Sunday's Best.

  4. SUPER PRETTY!!!!!!!! It changes the look completely!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer... From Dream To Reality!!

  5. Lovely. I am working on updating our super outdated chandelier also!

  6. So lovely! I love milkglass too--it never goes out of style--great transformation!

  7. This turned out beautiful! YAY Re-Store!!

  8. What a BEAUT! Love the milk glass and new finish! I wish I had a ReStore near me...


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