One Great Idea: A Paper Globe Turned Gold Chandelier

One Great Idea: A Paper Globe Turned Gold Chandelier

Abby Stone
May 11, 2011

Often, the simplest ideas are the most stunning. That's the thought that came to my mind when I saw Amy Butler's living room. Yes, it's a beautiful space that would stop anyone short in their tracks. The soaring peaked ceiling, the wall of windows with the great view, the brick fireplace and the well-curated furniture hit all of the marks on my dream house list of living room features.

And, yet, in the midst of all of these stunning points is a simple idea that I (and you!) can have in my living room of today.

Amy took Ikea's Maskros chandelier, a large, light and airy paper chandelier globe, and spray painted it gold. The buoyant result holds its own in the large space without competing with the other elements in the room, finishing it off beautifully. Don't you agree?

For the full house tour: Amy & David Butler's Creative Textile Lab of a Home

Thinking of trying it yourself?

  • Pick a well-ventilated area.
  • Newspaper the area you'll be spraying.
  • Use a back and forth motion for even coverage.
  • Not a fan of gold? Silver, black and red are neutrals that play well with others.

Images: David Butler

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