Save over $800 with this Tutorial: DIY Hammered Dome Pendant Light

DIY Hammered Dome Pendant Light Tutorial

Ladies, have you ever purchased something solely based on the fact that it looked awesome, only to find out later that (while pretty) it maybe wasn't the best option after all? It's the age old question...form or function? And while our male counterparts will almost always opt for function, us ladies are hardwired to instinctively lean toward form. Am I right? Case in point...while bargain shopping for lighting for our house, I found a ceiling fan with light that was PERFECT for my husband's office. It was was unique, masculine, brought in the same feel as the light in my inspiration room, and get this-it was on clearance! Meant to be, right? I thought so. Which is why I ignored my husbands suggestion that the tiny, little light bulb might not be enough to properly illuminate the room. The electrician installed it, and it looked great...until night fell and we soon realized that my husband was right. Ugh, how I hate it when that happens. After years of complaints, I finally found the perfect replacement at Shades of Light. Only too bad for me, because it was priced at $870! Yowzers, this DIY'er was having a major case of sticker shock. It was time to find an old cast- off somewhere and work my magic.

While out junking this summer, my daughter and I found this old pendant light and I saw some potential. Not quite as large as the Hammered Steel Dome Pendant from Shades of Light, but close enough for my liking. I picked it up for less than $5, brought it home and wiped it down.

DIY Hammered Dome Pendant Light Tutorial

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Step 1.

With one hand holding the light in place, take a ball peen hammer in the other, and, using the rounded end, pound away. Start by striking the metal lightly and increase the intensity of your strikes slowly (so that you don't whack too hard and damage your light) as you go. You'll be amazed at the arm workout you will get doing this. It is also a very noisy part of the project, so be sure and grab yourself some ear protection. Work your way around the entire surface of the light, getting as many dings in is as you possibly can. 

DIY Hammered Dome Pendant Light Tutorial
DIY Hammered Dome Pendant Light Tutorial

Step 2.

Spray paint the outside of your light with Rust-Oleum Hammered Silver spray paint. Be sure to spray the chain, and canopy as well. Allow to dry.

Step 3.

Turn the light upside down, and apply painters tape to the rim to attach some paper (to protect your newly painted silver pendant), then blast the inside with a coat of your favorite metallic gold spray paint. Allow to dry, then remove tape and paper. 

Tutorial. DIY Hammered Dome Pendant Light

Step 4.

Give your pendant that darkened, aged finish with a little black craft paint, paint brush (or foam brush), and paper towels. Working in small sections, apply paint to the pendant. Be sure and get the black paint into all of the dents and crevices, then quickly wipe off the paint with a paper towel (leaving behind black paint in the low spots). This is where you can have fun with it...go as light or as dark with the paint as you like, to achieve a look that you are happy with. I always like to leave some heavier spots along the edges to get a nice authentic look. 

DIY Hammered Dome Pendant Light Tutorial

Step 5.

Install that sucker and enjoy the fact that you saved yourself a ton of money!

If you have any questions at all, please feel free to post them in the comments below, or shoot me an email. 

DIY Hammered Dome Pendant Light Tutorial

An Organized House Makes For a Pretty Home

Just before school started back this last fall, I checked out a life-changing book from the library. "Say Goodbye to Survival Mode", by Crystal Paine includes nine simple strategies to stress less, sleep more, and restore your passion for life. As I was staring a new existence in the face (for the first time ever, both of my kids would be in school full time), I had high hopes that I could benefit from this book.

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For nine years I had been a stay-at-home mom who struggled with balancing my many roles. Due to frustration and overwhelm, I would frequently give up on any goals that were based on my own desires (fitness, business, etc), and instead focus on my roles that affected others...specifically my family and friends. This was great for some time, but never fail, I would always end up feeling empty. After time, this began to take it's tole on even those roles that I was giving preference to. My own chaotic life, and lack of routine began to spread to those around me. My kids were not showing the responsibility that I felt they should be, and I often found myself getting upset with them. How could they not care about how how messy the house was? Why didn't they know that it's not okay to eat a snack and leave the garbage on the Bonus Room floor? How is it that I would ask them to do something, only to later realize that they had totally ignored my request? Why was every single morning a battle to get two kids ready for school and out the door on time without a fight? I'll tell you why. My little ones were lacking structure and routine. They needed me to set an example, lay down some boundaries, give them some tools to help them succeed, and be present to follow up and ensure they were taking care of business. 

Free Daily Routine & Chore Chart Printable

As I began "Say Goodbye to Survival Mode", I was eager to make positive change in my own life. But what I soon realized is that I needed to focus on my kids first. Because no matter how hard I tried to get myself organized, it wasn't going to matter if I was neglecting my kiddos and their needs. This is something I realized while we had our house on the market. I was turning into a mad woman trying to keep the house "show ready"; all the while, my little mess makers were making more work for me. That's why I decided to apply some of what I learned in the book to my family first, and myself second. What has happened has been AMAZING! My girls are becoming much more responsible, they are thinking for themselves (and if they happen to have troubles, they know where they can go for the answers), and our mornings are nothing like they used to be!

So what's my trick? 

I created checklists that include their tasks (things we require of them) and split them into three categories...Morning, After School, and Before Bed. The rule is that everything on the list must be checked off before they can move on to more fun things. It is a way to earn their play/screen time. And it is working beautifully. Mornings that used to consist of me reminding them to do the most simple of tasks, and constantly nagging them to get off screens until they are ready to go, are now so much more smooth. And to be honest, even when they have completed their morning list, they rarely turn on any devices now. Our morning battles are gone, and our days start off so much happier with these lists in place. Where they once woke up and stumbled around, getting ready in no particular order, only to be rushing around at the last minute, we are now enjoying preparing for the day together.

But wait, there's more! 

Do you ever catch yourself feeling overwhelmed with keeping the house clean? I'm not talking picked up, I mean wiping baseboards and washing windows clean? Well, I was. So part of the new list project was to delegate some of the cleaning duties. Each day, each girl has "chore" listed in the After School section of her list. At the bottom of the list are the days of the week, and each day has a different chore to help with the house cleaning. This has helped me immensely! You'd be surprised what your little ones can do if you take the time to teach them how to do it right. I highly suggest buying some cleaning wipes and storing them in a place that your littles can get to. That way, when it's their day to wipe down the bathroom sink, all they have to do is grab a wipe or two, scrub-a-dub-dub, toss in the trash, and they are done! 

After sharing this with some of my mom friends and hearing the success they too have had, I decided this would make a great blog post...because after all, an organized house makes for a pretty home! 

organize family. kids daily routine. chore charts.

To get started, sit down with a pen and paper (or your iPad for all of you techies out there), and make a list of all of the things your child needs to do for that portion of the day. Don't overlook the little things, like brush teeth, pick out socks and shoes and set by front door, etc. You've got to remember, we've had years to learn which things need to be done, and when. But, our kiddos are still learning the ropes. Plus, it makes them feel good to cross things off of their list :-) 

Once you have the necessities down, brain storm some age appropriate chores that you could hand off. Think about your home specifically and of the things you find yourself doing (or needing to do) often. For instance, we have a HUGE dog that slobbers A LOT. He also likes to shake his head, slinging said slobber all over the walls. One of my daughter's chores is to go around and wipe up that dog slobber. Gross? Yes, but it would be even grosser if we didn't have a child that cleaned it up weekly. The next part is optional, but I feel like it's important to add. I have an "extra chores for money" category. In our house, we expect that everyone living here helps take care of things, so our kiddos don't get paid for their daily chores. We do however, offer extra chores that they can do to earn money, with the caveat that their daily chore must be done first. 

Here's an example of one of our lists:

Organize family. Kids daily routine.

See, functional doesn't have to equal ugly! But I'll be 100% honest with you. Ours didn't start out this pretty. To get started, I simply printed the girls' lists on regular printer paper and stuck them in sheet protectors so that they could use a dry erase marker to cross off their tasks. That way they can erase and start fresh the next day. This is a great way to get started. 

However, I soon found that there wasn't enough bulk or stiffness, so when the girls went to erase their lists, the plastic sleeves would shift, the paper would scrunch, and it was a mess. That's where the clipboards came into play (plus it's super cute to see the girls walking around the house with their clipboards, checking things off of their lists). My next step towards beefing things up was to replace the printer paper with card stock...why didn't I think of this in the first place? After living with it like that for a while, I decided to really give them a polished look and borrowed a friend's Scotch Thermal Laminator. Using this thing was a breeze, and I now want one for myself! 

So now I have a question for you...Was getting your family/home more organized a New Year's Resolution that sounded good when the bubbly was flowing and the ball was about to drop, but has since lost its luster? If so, I suggest you give this a try. It doesn't take long to get started, and I even made you a FREE printable (see below) so that you can fill in the blanks for your own family. Let your little ones(s) color in the arrow as you sit with them and explain to them how their new list(s) will work. Just plug your name and email address into the box below the examle, print, and you are on your way to a more stress free life...

free chore chart/daily routine printable

Things Just Got a Whole Lot Easier!

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You can see what kinds of things are on my girls' lists in the pics above, but one question I always get is, "What kind of chores do you give your kids?" So many moms out there are afraid to hand over the cleaning in fear that their kids can't do it, or won't do as good of job as they would have done themselves. I believe our kids can achieve more than we give them credit for. I also believe it is our job to teach them to work hard and take pride in what they do. So if someone does a subpar job, we go back and I show them how to do it correctly. And if they have tried their hardest and it's still not perfect, I let it go, because I am grateful for the fact that it's one chore I didn't have to do. So, if you are a mom who hands out chores, please share a some examples with our fellow mamas in the comments below. 

Kids Table and Chairs Makeover

Being a DIY addict stems from a few different things. The first, and possibly the most obvious is the money saving factor. Let's just get it out there, so that we're all on the same page…I am cheap, frugal, financially responsible (call it what you will, but this girl likes to save money). That’s what happens when you refuse to live in an ugly home, but have chosen to be a single income family. You get creative, and you get to work…with your imagination and your hands that is. 

Kids table makeover

Another reason I love to DIY is because I am a very emotional being who highly values sentimental things. No joke, I absolutely love to surround myself with items that have memories attached. So, if given the option to buy a table from the store or have one that has been passed down from my late grand parents, I’ll take the hand-me-down any day. The beauty of not being afraid to tackle DIY projects is that you can alter those sentimental pieces to fit your home. So you are killing two birds with one stone…saving money, and keeping cherished items in your possession. 

This kids table and chairs makeover is a great example. My niece just turned one year old (you can catch her nursery reveal here), and for her birthday, I refinished a little table that was my sister’s when she was just a little girl. I just added a few sturdy, school chairs, gave it a little makeover, and little miss Lola is set! My sister now has a very special piece of furniture in her house, that was redone specifically to match their decor, it is functional, and it really didn’t cost me much at all. Ok, so enough with the text, let’s get to the good stuff…

Kids table and chair makeover

Pretty gross right? My girls had been using and abusing this for a few years.

kids table and chairs makeover

I started off by cleaning both the table and chairs the best I could.

Kids Table and Chairs Makeover

Next, I gave the table a light sanding to remove any permanent marker/stains, wiped it clean and spray painted it with several coats of Rust-Oleum 2x coverage in Gloss White. 

Kids Table and Chairs Makeover

I love finding little messages hidden on furniture, so once the table was dry, I flipped it over and wrote a little message to the birthday girl. 

kids table and chairs makeover

For the chairs, I removed the seats and backs by simply unscrewing them with my driver. Once separated, I took a little steel wool to the chair frame to clean off any little specs of rust that were emerging. I followed this step with a good cleaning to remove any particles left behind from the steel wool, then spray painted them gold. The seats were first sprayed with a few coats of primer and then finished off with a few coats of light pink. 

Kids Table and Chairs Makeover

Once all of the pieces had dried completely, I put the seats and backs on the chair frames and was nearly finished. 

Last step...find out if the Birthday girl approves!

Kids table and chair makeover was a success! Lola loves her new table and chairs!

Kid Tested, Mother Approved!

Do you have any furniture in your house that has been passed down to you but doesn't really "go" with your decor? Have you ever considered giving it a makeover so that it blends in better? I'd love to hear about it in the comments!