With the holidays and my crazy, busy season at the full-time job, I haven’t found a moment to blog, but I’ve definitely been DIYing away any chance I get (that will never stop). Right now my focus is on the dining room update, and we are so close to the after photos and home tour. When we moved in, the dining room and adjoining sunroom were painted a darker brown with nearly black trim. Over the last couple of weeks we painted the walls a nice subtle shade of aqua (Valspar, Winter in Paris) and the trim a shade of white to match the trim in the rest of the house.I hope to have it all finished (figured out) by the weekend. Last weekend my focus was updating the chandelier (and the thrifted dining table, but more on that later). The 1970s chandelier has great bones, but was originally an aged patina/turquoise color with gold accents— not what I’m after. Hell, I’m not even sure what I’m going to do to the space art-wise.

Chandeliers are hanging light fixtures that can add to or detract from the overall decor in any room.

Brass chandeliers are reminiscent of decades past, but you can update a brass chandelier with a little ingenuity and some spray paint.

Transform the dated, shiny brass into a centerpiece that can complement many different decorating styles.

Well, that one normally costs $49.50 through Aidan Gray, and even though we were able to order ours for $20 from Cindy, we were determined to come up with an even less expensive DIY solution to cover up the chain in our dining room.

We started with some of this ($4) Cordmate tubing from Home Depot: It has a slit down one side of it, and it fit just perfectly around the existing chain: Once it was on, Kevin started hot-gluing twine to the outside of it.

I stood on the floor and fed it up to him (on the ladder), tossing it around the chandelier each time he needed it to wrap around it. cutting a long length of it) because we weren’t sure how much it was going to take, and we didn’t want to run out and have to start a new length.

The only thing that’s left before the room is finished is to hang some colorful art, possibly a gallery wall, and a few other small details.

Last summer my dear friend Donna handed me a box and asked me if I was at all interested its contents.

I opened it up and there was this brassy metal chandelier form with a stack of glass panels all taped together with some blue painter's tape.