The Shack: Our Little Poconos Getaway and The Funky Vintage Chandelier (Post #30)

Hello again.  I’m glad you joined me for yet another post in my series about The Shack.  We’ve been working on the dining area, so I wanted to share a little about the light fixture in that space.


BEFORE:  The dining area needed a lot of sprucing up!  We’ve painted everything by now, of course, and added new floors and all new wood trim throughout.  I’ve also been adding in some great vintage rustic furniture.  Originally, this brass ‘builder-grade’ chandelier was the focal point of this super important spot at The Shack, so I definitely wanted to inject some lighting that was more interesting.


Once we installed the new plank ceiling, I had my husband install this great little vintage tole-painted metal chandelier above the dining table. I love this little chandelier…it’s funky and interesting. It reminds me a bit of a hot-air balloon–I’ve never seen one quite like it. And yet…as much as I liked this little vintage piece, I felt like the tole painted details of flowers and swags on the shade and base were just a little too fancy for The Shack. It just wasn’t quite right for the rustic mountain house vibe I was going for.

Of course, I decided this vintage tole chandelier would be a great item to paint and refurbish.  I’m thinking gray or black would really update this fixture.  After doing a little research, I found plenty of inspiration photos on Pinterest.

You can visit these images on Pinterest by clicking here:

Robinson Interiors Pinterest Board: Mountain House

After finding all these lovely examples, I knew I could give my vintage tole chandelier a makeover with some chalky dark grey milk paint!


AFTER: My vintage chandelier with two coats of Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint in a custom mixture. The colors I used were mostly Shutter Gray with a little Typewriter mixed in to darken it up. I also freshened up the gold details just a little to give it all a clean fresh finish. I think it’s the perfect updated vintage makeover for this very shapely and interesting chandelier!


AFTER: The tole chandelier painted in chalky gray really anchors the dining area. Now the wonderful shapeliness of the metal shade and base are able to take center stage, rather than the painted embellishments.


I really love the way this painted tole chandelier turned out, don’t you?

Thanks again for following along with our progress at The Shack.  There’s still a lot more to share with you, I hope you’ll stick around as I post the before and afters in our little Poconos mountain house. Until then, make sure to like Robinson Interiors on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter, and DO stay tuned for future updates on The Shack!

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