When we bought this house earlier this year, it was a builder inventory home. It wasn't built yet (they poured the foundation the week we signed the contract), but it was all planned out by the sales manager, finishes picked out and all that. We changed quite a few of her choices, but left the lighting the same. She didn't have an example to show us, and we were too lazy to go to the lighting store and look at it, but she said it was bronze (rubbed bronze? that dark color).
Turns out everything was the color I expected it would be, except the chandelier. It was not dark bronze. It was more of a pinky brown. Yuck. Well, the dust is yuck too, but that's my fault. (It did not come with the shades; I added those in anticipation of making some changes.)
So here's what I did today. I spray painted the chandelier Krylon's Satin Nickel and hot-glued beaded trim to the shades.
I think it looks better, but I'm still not 100% sold. The color of the paint doesn't quite look authentic or something. I'm wondering if I should've just done it black. Also, do I now need to paint all the other bronze fixtures? Maybe I should just look and see if there is dark bronze spray paint. Now I think of that! Oh, man, Tall Dark and Handsome isn't going to be too excited about taking this down again anytime soon.
Oh, I forgot that the reason I chose satin nickel for the chandy is that we put satin nickel hardware on the kitchen cabinets, and the dining area is part of the kitchen. This was after we moved in and I had a grand plan to change everything to nickel. But now that I see the color of the spray paint, I'm not sure. The cabinet hardware is staying; does everything need to be matchy-matchy, or can I have nickel hardware and bronze lighting? I'm a by-the-rules girl, and don't want to do anything too risky, like maybe having multiple metal finishes. Of course, the sink is typical stainless and the faucet is typical chrome, so that was already non-bronze and it didn't bother me at all with the bronze lighting. Maybe I'm over-thinking this. Ya think?