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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

DIY Turquoise Tole Chandelier

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.
Ruthie Sommers

Turquoise and tole are a beautiful combination in this Massucco Warner Miller bedroom that has been all over the blogosphere recently.  This isn't the best camera angle to show the detail of the white tole chandelier, but it really stands out against the turquoise wall.
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?

17 comments:

Erin said...

I LOVE this!!! It looks fabulous against those stripes!

Sally@DivineDistractions said...

I love what the chandelier did for the space. To those who come in through the front door it says that these people know how to have fun!
Good job.

goheels83 said...

It looks great! Your sweet sister helped out too :P :P

Olivia said...

It looks great! Especially close to pops of red and tan.

Julie said...

I love the pop of color; it looks great!

Lindsey said...

I love how it pulls out the turquoise in your picture. I think it's fabulous! oh, and I love your stripes

rosiecampbell said...

I love it! Great job!!!

House of Design & Style said...

That turquoise chandelier looks amazing. Great job!

inthetweeds.com said...

Love it! The perfect pop of color. Have you thought of maybe using the small round lightbulbs in lieu of the usual chandelier bulbs? It may make it a bit more modern looking but still fun and playful.

Anonymous said...

I love your stripes! What colors and finsh did you use?

ashlina said...

oh boy. that is fantastic...i just love it!

A Perfect Gray said...

love it - love that color. AND I have been to that antique mall on the way to the beach, too!

spark! (Ada-Marie) said...

Oh wow -- it looks fabulous!! The color is perfect. Bravo!

tarheel said...

I adore it- fab color. Someone beat me to the suggestion that it would be even more funky with round bulbs.

traci zeller designs said...

It looks fabulous! I love it! By the way, you can get spray paint in custom colors at Eastway Paint (Benjamin Moore). It's significantly pricier than spray paint from Lowe's or Home Depot, but if you really want a particular color, it's worth it!

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Brianna said...

I love it! I have a brass chandelier in my dining room that I want to paint but can't decide on the color. I will follow your tip though about the paint sample and a sponge brush and gloss coat once I decide on the color, great idea!

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