January 17, 2012

Just Like New - The Rooster and the Hen

Today we welcome Dustin and Whitney from the Rooster and the Hen.  While they haven't been blogging very long, their projects have spread through blogland quickly.  I loved their awesome master bedroom makeover.  They are really talented and they blog about their adventures and idea together.  They have a fun, bold project to share today.  Welcome Dustin and Whitney!

If your 2012 resolution includes anything along the lines of avoiding procrastination, then this might not be the post for you. Not that we advocate procrastination at The Rooster And The Hen, but in the case of our latest venture, it ended up working in our favor. We'll get to more of that in a minute...
We've been “all projecty” up in here working on our peacock themed kid’s bathroom, so Cheri's challenge to take something old and turn it into something new was right up our alley. When it comes to decorating, we’re all about re-purposing what we’ve got around the house or improving on a find from a yard sale, but it hasn’t always been like that.
peacock mood board

When we were first married, I told Dustin “you can paint anything,” but as a bachelor of 27 years comfortable with blank walls and leather furniture, he didn’t believe me. It took some time to ease into it, but I slowly reeled him into my way of thinking. Then again, he also didn’t believe that anything good could come from a yard sale either. Fast forward almost six years later and we base most of our home decor and DIY projects on the two simple ideas that you can do a lot with a paintbrush and a few junk-ridden neighbors.
Our home was built in the early 90’s - back when brass light fixtures and red accent walls reined supreme. As part of our bathroom makeover, the light fixture was on the slate for a redo. I mean come on, just look at it.

Bathroom Light Fixture

While out at a yard sale last fall Dustin haggled for a newer light fixture, and at $5 it was an easy upgrade for us, even without the bell glass pieces. We decided to swap them out, figuring that sooner or later (note the procrastination here) we'd find a solution to finish it up.

Light fixture

The old light fixture got put into a box in the garage destined for good will, and sat there for months due to holiday craziness. And here's where the procrastination really paid off - it was only when we were loading up the car for our January garage clean up that I stumbled on the discarded box and re-examined the old glass pieces and noticed something very interesting.

light glass

They were still ugly. But, suddenly I heard the hallelujah choir singing and saw light shining down on the unwanted fixture. The shape of the glass actually looked a little bit like the end of peacock feathers, and at that moment I knew I had found a solution to fix my glass-less bathroom and add a punch of color that would go along with my mood board.

peacock feathers

So I busted out my paint set, (I really like Modern Masters metallic paint collection) and got to work outlining the edges and ridges with a dark bronze before adding various metallic colors of green, gold, blue and purple.

Paint a glass light

It took some playing around with the colors to find a combination that I liked.

paint glass lights

While I'd admit this isn’t the project I’d put into just any room, I wanted a whimsical feel for the kids and a punch of color to really brighten things up. The final effect is almost like stained glass. If you want to try the project on your own be prepared to apply lots of coats of paint. Not putting on enough will allow your brush strokes to show once the light is turned on. Also keep in mind that this works best with downward facing bell lights since the paint does tend to block some of the light.

peacock glass lights

We’ve still got a ways to go before our peacock bathroom is finished, but this is one transformation that fits perfectly within our budget and our decor pallet.

paint lights
So there you have it. Something old that was banned from the house, brought back thanks to a bit of paint, a peacock inspired room, and some good ole' fashioned procrastination!

Thanks guys!  That is a fun project and I'm really excited to see how the whole bathroom comes together.  I love the bold colors.  You guys can leave a comment for Dustin and Whitney here or head over and check out their blog HERE.

Thanks for dropping in.


Sandie said...

That fixture ROCKS. I want one too. I love the idea of a peacock anything. :)

The Miller Five said...

Oh my word! Those covers are incredible. What an eye for the artistic!

mama walker said...

wow! is all i can say!

Lynette @ My Craft Discovery said...

That finished product looks awesome! I love it! Thanks for sharing that you can paint those. :)

Suzanne said...

One of the best repurposes I've seen in awhile. -- Fabulous!

pineconegirl said...


eMiLy said...

Hey I procrastinated (sp?) ordering a serger online for my birthday this past year and sure enough a couple weeks after I found one at a garage sale for $10 bucks... I about died! So sometimes procrastination pays off :) What an excellent project... they look fabulous!

Shannon Fox said...

Totally fabulous! Love the peacock motif ;) It's a winner for sure.

Katie Leipprandt said...

I can't believe how cool these turned out!! Way to go for it. I would have definitely talked myself out of the crazy idea.

Amanda Whitworth said...

Wow! Now that is creative! Awesome idea!

Trish said...

Oh, this is an awesome idea! I have an ugly sconce I've been wanting to do something with but didn't know what to do with it. This is perfect!

Emily said...

The final product is awesome. It reminds me of a craftsman style light fixture.

Unknown said...

you are seriously an artistic GENIUS!!! That fixture is beautiful!

- Brittany aka Pretty Handy Girl said...

I never would have thought to paint the globes. Truly gorgeous! Thanks for sharing.

jrwillden said...

It's gorgeous!! Love it!

ashley said...

Really awesome transformation!

Unknown said...

Is this paint non-toxic and ok for heat? The reason I ask this, a friend of mine painted her daughters lamp shade. Apparently she didn't check on whether the paint would be toxic if it was heated. To make a very long story short, her daughter was back & forth to the hospital and doctors office for a year before they figured out it was the painted lamp shade. She was being poisoned. Please be aware.


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