Friday, January 20, 2012

Boys' Room: Weathered Warehouse Pendant

See, I told you I was working on my boys' room. 

If you saw the design board I posted earlier, you may have noticed an industrial looking warehouse pendant -- I did buy it for an outrageously affordable $25 from the big orange HD. It was just too shiny and new looking though, plus the inside was white, and say what you will about white reflecting light, blah blah blah... I wanted a  more weathered look -- something that looked a bit like galvanized steel or at least something old. Something that may have actually been in a warehouse? Maybe an old one by the sea, oxidized by the salt air? Look at me imagining life stories for my light fixtures.

Time to pull out my trusty spray paint!

The good news is this was incredibly easy, and I'm over-the-moon happy with the results.

I used 3 products:

Gray primer, Rustoleum's Metallic Matte Nickel and Krylon's Original Chrome (the stuff I used for my lazy man's silver leaf mirror frame). Look at me, being such a rebel... Rustoleum and Krylon, playing nicely together on my little project.

1. Prime (I did gently scuff up the metallic side with sandpaper prior)
2. Spray with metallic nickel paint
3. Lightly and unevenly spray with the Original Chrome paint -- resulting in a flecked, mottled appearance with a bit of texture.

I did that on both the inside and outside of the fixture and the ceiling canopy, and that was that. Easy peasy. I think it looks great and I can't wait to throw a couple more galvanized steel-y accents in there with it...

Not bad for a $25 fixture, right?


  1. ahhh... you gotta love spray paint! Great job :)

  2. Love it! I like the warmth of the nickel as another silver industrial color. Spray paint is the next best thing to magic. :)

  3. Awesome job! I love what you did with it! Great idea. Heidi Rew from PartiesforPennies

  4. another day, another great project!! It looks great!
    thanks for sharing!

    Mercedes @

  5. I love the "after!" much better than the shiny new look, and $25 is pretty darn good!

  6. Nice paint job! I was actually going to do something similar with the same kind of warehouse shade, but then found an awesome fixture at Ikea for the same price of the shade alone (I guess I was looking in the wrong spot). I really want to distress the ikea fixture, which is shiny aluminum, but my boyfriend loves it, so I guess I'll give it a go as is before following in your footsteps!

  7. Looks awesome! The before and after is amazing!!!

  8. It's fabulous!! The new finish is perfect! Great look. :)

  9. Visiting over from Thrifty Decor Chick. This is awesome! I love a little industrial look but not in a shiny way. The more rustic authentic industrial look you got through paint is great!

  10. Very nice! I wonder if I could acheive the same look painting over my marbled glass light fixtures. Yours looks much better:)

  11. Becky, hmm I never thought about that but it might work since the base coat is solid anyway??


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