We have posted in the past about our love for vintage tole. Since then, I've kept my eyes open for tole chandeliers here and there, and I now have them in my breakfast room, baby boy's nursery, and most recently, in my entryway.
This Ruthie Sommers kitchen is the perfect study of contrasts- black v. white v. turquoise. Vintage v. modern. Form v. function. The solid white tole chandelier is a fun current twist on the classic 1960's style. It pops perfectly against the black walls, contrasted with the turquoise door.
Massucco Warner Miller
Back to my entryway... Even though I painstakingly painted stripes all over my walls, I have been a little bored with the space. The first room you see when you enter a home always makes a lasting impression. Save the storage benches, boot trays, and coat hooks for the back door, if possible.
I thought a little pop of color, in the form of a tole chandelier, could be just what my entry needed. You can usually find a good selection of tole chandeliers on eBay and sometimes even on Craigslist. They were popular in the 1960's (check out the fab tole bedroom lamps in our post on Tom Ford's A Single Man). Lucky enough for the tole lovers out there, most people today prefer brushed nickel, so it's possible to find tole fixtures for around $100 or so.
The last time we were at the beach, I stopped by Hungryneck Antique Mall in Mt. Pleasant. Although I've passed by it a hundred times, I had never stopped in. I will admit I was expecting Hungryneck to be like Sleepy Poet, and frankly, there is no comparison. I was hoping that since it was just outside Charleston, it would be full of cast-off fabulous shell mirrors and faux bamboo tables, but that just wasn't the case. If you are driving by on 17, check it out, but to be completely candid I don't think it's worth a special trip.
That said, while I was there I did spot this tole chandelier hanging next to a pink felt cowboy hat. It was marked $95, but everything in that booth was 50% off. Even the cowboy hat.
It was off-white, which is typical of vintage tole chandeliers, but it's not too exciting.
You can see the leafy details here.
It was a rainy day at the beach, and I needed a project, so I decided to paint.
When I was debating what color to paint it, I couldn't get Ruthie's turquoise out of my head. So I headed to Lowe's and bought some paint. I decided on Valspar Aqua Rapids. For a project this small, you only need to buy a $2 sample of paint. The downside to samples is that they nearly always come in flat finish only, but an easy tip is just spray your object with a coat of clear gloss (found in the spray paint section) after the paint has dried, and you'll have a nice glossy finish!
I used a sponge brush to get the color as even as possible and avoid paint strokes. As I've said before, spray painting is the easiest way to get an even finish, but your colors are really limited with spray paint. So the next best thing for a project like this is to use a sponge brush.
My sweet husband helped me hang the chandelier last night after work. I took his picture, but I guess he's not quite ready for MoS fame yet:).
And the finished product!
I like how it pops against the stripes!
A little more...
The whole look! You lose a bit of the detail from this far away, but when you come in the door you can really see the leaves and beautiful turned accents.
So what do you think? Are you ready to trade in that brushed nickel for some vintage tole?