The layout of our first floor is a bit disjointed. We have a long narrow kitchen, a dining room, living room, and a second dinning location attached to the family room. I suppose dining location B could be considered a breakfast nook; however the room lacks the usual components of a nook. Anyways, this room is a bit more country than I would prefer. The light fixture came with the house, the farmhouse table was a hand-me-down from a friend, and the dining room chairs were rescued from the dumpster at my last apartment. I have a few small projects in mind to make the room more cohesive and less country.
The light fixture looked like this when we purchased the house. I planned to replace this light, until a friend suggested I add mini lamp shades to the fixture.
I found these mini lamp shades at Lowes about a year ago. The color difference between the white shades and cream candles always bugged me. I considered painting the candles bright white to match the shades. Then my brilliant cousin recommended tea staining the lamp shades to match the fixture. (From this project, I learned that asking for design input from house guests is beneficial)
I brewed up a big bucket of tea and let the mini lamp shades soak overnight.
The shades now match the candles with the subtle color change from tea staining.
I used frog tape and black acrylic paint to add trim to the mini lamp shades.
I am pleased with my tea stained, painted lamp shades. Now I am contemplating adding the mini shades to the kitchen light fixtures too.
My next project for this room will be painting the dumpster dining chairs.
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