During our recent remodel, I installed a pair of Industrial Pendant Glass lights from West Elm in our dining room. I loved their overall look (and price), but I found that the shiny nickel hardware and white plastic cord were all that I noticed for months (the problem was particularly glaring because our room has gold and brass overtones). So, after a year of living with a less-than-perfect situation, I decided to take matters into my own hands. For less than $7, I like to think I completely changed the look of the lamps. See if you agree.
Photography by Izabella Simmons unless noted.
Above L: The Industrial Pendant Glass lights from West Elm ($99 each) before. Above R: The pendants lights after a coat of liquid gilding paint in brass. I used a sample pint of leftover charcoal paint from Sherwin Williams to paint the cord.
Above: L: The West Elm Conversion Kit in Polished Nickel, a necessary add-on for mounting the light on the ceiling; $25. Above R: The kit after I painted it.
Above: I covered the polished nickel fittings in Martha Stewart’s Liquid Gilding Paint in Brass; $6.98 from Amazon (copper and gold also available). The oil-based color adhered well, so no need to use a primer. Photo by Chelsea Costa of Lovely Indeed via Poppy Talk.
Above: We call our dining room the Parisian Room, thanks to our salvaged French mirror and brass vitrine that make our upgraded pendants look right at home.