Painting Vintage Lighting

We're putting the finishing touches on the GIANT chandelier and it's looking really great. I'm in love! As I was spraying the bad brass away, I remembered a pair of scones we used in Abbey's dining room that I painted out. The paint on the tole was chipped enough that we need to strip down the sconces first. I slathered both with Citrastrip and scraped away the paint as it loosened up. Not a huge chore - it's actually kind of fun detail work.


Then I painted the orange on with a brush since it was too cold to spray the sconces (it was winter when we redid these). The color is one of my favorites - BM Tomato Red. It really pops against her white walls, right? And I love the orange next to the blue in Abbey's landscape.


PS I bought these at the flea market, but there are tons of super affordable tole sconces on eBay, just begging to get a coat of bright paint.

PPS More of Abbey's apartment:
Making a Wall Mural
Turning vintage side tables into benches
FLOR tiles in Abbey's Entry
Abbey's Mirror (a DIY idea)
Hungry Prints and Art in the Kitchen

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

What a pretty shot, Jenny! Love the way those pop on the wall like you said

Heather said...

Jenny, I love that you always include places for us to find similar products. Your finds are always my favorite though.

Anonymous said...

Abbey's house is FANTASTIC. You've really done such an amazing job.

Anonymous said...

So happy to revisit all of the posts about Abbey's apartment. Great stuff! I'm hoping to order one of her letterpress prints

Anonymous said...

Such a happy dining room! I'm really hoping to have a chance to work with you in the next year or two Jenny (as soon as budget allows!!)

Shannon Esposito

Abby Johnson said...

Where are those Malachite pillows from? So, so COOL!

Erin said...

I have an old single sconce I found in the trash (dumpster diver right here!) that is dying to be orange now! :) Thanks for the idea

Sarah Sillman said...

I wonder where Abbey bought that oil painting. She has great taste (or maybe you bought it for her Jenny?)

You're right that the blue really works with the red of the sconces. Lovely.

Anonymous said...

Cool Dining Rooms!

Farrah said...

Hey Jenny,

I just wanted to say that I love your work. You are busting your ass every day to post for all us Jenny Minions, and we all know that are better places for you to be spending your precious time. But THANK YOU for sharing with us and making the time for us. You have educated me about so many deisgn principles and opened up my mind. I now think outside the box. My wallet (and my husband!) thank you.

x Farrah

boops said...

Do you recommend Citrastrip on furniture? I don't want to sand....

Nancy said...

Fun end result. Love what you do friend! Check out our giveaway this week. Good luck with all your projects.
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Maggie said...

Love these - they are candleholders, yes? Was thinking aqua or light blue candles would look so pretty! Can't wait to see your chandelier, it's going to look amazing!

Anna Williams said...

I've been spraypainting a vintage chandelier for my place but have to have it rewired now as the paint corroded the plastic cover on the wiring. Such a pain! I chose a matt charcoal and it looks great but I'd love to try a bright colour on it one day!

Anna (My Design Ethos)

megm0nster said...

i want to know where that scarf is from!

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