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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,


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
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 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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