Monday, January 26, 2009

DIY lighting step-by-step guide

step 1: Finally get fed up with foul cheapo brass dining room light fixture.

step 2: Get brilliant suggestion from brilliant s-i-l to spray paint the whole nasty thing and thus baptize it into a new life of sky-blue beauty.

step 3: Swear brilliant s-i-l to secrecy, under principle of it being easier to ask forgiveness of one's husband than permission.

step 4a: Have plans spoiled by blabbing b-i-l who runs out and tells whole world, including husband, of secret spray-painting plans.

step 4b: Spend all weekend in the doghouse.

step 5: Buy genius candlesleeves from kaarskoker.

step 6: Wait anxiously for mail.  Open package, cut gorgeous sleeves to right length, slide onto chandelier.  Throw away hideous shades.  Use blue bulbs just for the heck of it.

step 7: Bask in the glory that is my new chandelier.

step 8: Make bets on how long it'll take husband to notice . . . 


  1. Oh Laura, that is so pretty! I can't wait to see it in person!

  2. Those sleeves are a FANTASTIC idea! I love the blue against the red. I can't wait to hear if Peter notices or not. I think you could have spray painted it Pink and Orange and he might not have noticed! :)

  3. Ok, I have to know who SIL is. Please, do tell me!

  4. I love it!! Laura you are so creative...I wish I was still in the area so that I could become more creative through your presence. Oh, I started knitting for the first time in a very very very long seems really awkward after crocheting...but I'll keep trying. I'm making a scarf right now and I have no idea what to do next.

  5. For the record....that is not the way I recall it happening!

  6. Oh I'm so glad you all like it!

    He still hasn't noticed.

    Heather, way to go with knitting! Check out for lots of free patterns. also has fabulous how-to videos.

    Christopher, two words: loose lips sink ships. and secret spray painting plans too.

  7. okay that was so funny!! I love the candle sleeves -very chic!