WIP Wednesday: Refreshed


Yeah, so here’s what I did this week: Celebrated my older daughter’s ninth birthday (not once, but several times), made a quick out-of-state trip to visit family, and hosted two parties. Whew! Summer is definitely going out with a bang around here. But in the midst of all that, I also installed two new light fixtures, which I think officially completes my big kitchen refresh! I’ll do a post with before and after pictures very soon, but here was my one-and-only crafty project this week:


So I found this light fixture on Overstock. I totally loved it, but it was $500. Then I found another fixture on Overstock that looked almost exactly like it and got rave reviews for only $110! The problem? I didn’t love the finish on the $110 model. So I used this excellent Rub ‘n Buff stuff to change the finish color of the metal and save myself $400.


And it actually worked pretty well! Here she is, all rubbed and buffed and hanging above my kitchen table. I had some trouble getting an even finish on the fixture’s larger pieces, like the plate that attaches to the ceiling—in fact, I ended up using the ceiling plate from my old (broken) light fixture instead, and I tossed the Rub N Buff’d one. (Fortunately the two plates were interchangeable, so it worked.) But for the smaller parts of the fixture, like the “cage” that goes over the shade, this stuff worked like a dream.

Okay, so what are you working on this week? Let’s see it!


1. Link up any blog post or Instagram photo from the past week that features an unfinished work-in-progress (WIP).
2. To link an Instagram photo, click the “Add Your Link” button below, then click on the Instagram icon at the bottom of the screen that pops up. You should then be able to select any of your recent Instagram photos. Where it says “Link,” use the URL of your Instagram feed (for example, my URL is www.instagram.com/freshlypieced). Please hashtag your IG post #wipwednesday.
3. If you are linking to a blog post, please link back here to my blog somewhere in your post.

4. Comment on at least a few of the other WIP Wednesday links, either IG or blog—commenting on the two or three links directly before yours works well to make sure everyone gets comments!


14 replies
  1. Debra
    Debra says:

    Very cool. Love when you can find something almost identical and change it to match exactly! Love the light and the new finish, and thanks for the tip on Rub N Buff. Never heard of it, but will have to try it!

  2. SewPsyched!
    SewPsyched! says:

    Ooh!! I love that light fixture! We used overstock for all of the fixtures in our old house, such great deals!! And what a great idea to use the rub and buff…. Hmmm, we do need new fixtures in the new house!! 😉

  3. Rebecca Grace
    Rebecca Grace says:

    Your light fixture looks fantastic! Way to go! It's one thing to take spray paint to garage sale and thrift shop finds, but it requires serious courage to do it to something you just paid $100 for brand new. Glad it paid off for you. Now, that means you get to spend $400 on more fabric, right? 🙂


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