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Before and After: Renovating an Existing Fixture

Last year, San Francisco renovator John Clarke Mills bought an 1890's Victorian that needed a ton of work. So far, he's worked on everything from the foundation to rewiring. I love the changes that he's made in his San Francisco Victorian, as well as some of the smart, simple renos he's completed with existing fixtures. I was particularly impressed with an existing chandelier that he took from drab to fab.



John writes, "When my housemate and I moved into our new place we weren’t thrilled with the Victorian-style knockoff chandelier that was in our living room. Our friend recommended we paint it and see if we still wanted to throw it out. So, I took the idea and ran with it."


To see how he improved upon this boring chandelier,

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After cleaning and painting the fixture, the more intricate work began. John used some small lampshade covers as the template for the chandelier shades. He writes, "I simply wrapped a big enough piece of paper around the lamp shade and taped it. Then I trimmed up all the excess and unwrapped it. Voila template." Then, using fabric, scissors, and glue gun, the shade was finished.

This is a great upgrade on the chandelier paint makeovers that I've been sharing with you. Depending on the fabric you use, you can really affect the entire mood of a room, with very little expense.


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JenDeck711 JenDeck711 8 years
ditto on the sofa. what is it?
EvilDorkGirl EvilDorkGirl 8 years
Nice!
Michelann Michelann 8 years
I love the cheery color! What I really want to know is where he got that sofa, it's exactly what I've been looking for.
johnclarkemills johnclarkemills 8 years
Thanks! Glad you all like it. There's a lot more work to do and a lot more where that came from. Stay tuned to www.sanfranvic.com for more.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Great job!
donnellyaa donnellyaa 8 years
Love the chandelier AND the sofa
c4rolin3 c4rolin3 8 years
Definitely. Also I know we're focusing on the light fitting here but I really like the corner sofa and I'm not usually a fan x I've been coming round to them lately, a good way to divide up spaces within a room :)
emalove emalove 8 years
So much cuter!
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