Friday, March 30, 2012

glass candelier; mirror tile fireplace

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Here are a couple of DIY projects we have in our dining room.  A side note, the dining room is the first room you walk in when you enter our rowhouse.  This works quite well for us - not because our dining room has a front door, but because the living room / kitchen creates a great space for both entertaining and living.

First, the fireplace surround now doubles as a mirror-ball.  I like the way the aged and worn, glossy-white-painted mantel looks with the bright, square tiles.  By the way - they do not actually create a mirror-ball effect.  They do, however, bounce natural light around in a place that is normally pretty dark. Take a look:

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I got these at Kit Kraft and installed them with a tile-mastic for fireplace surrounds.  This is not a working fireplace and I'm not vouching for their ability to withstand heat - but I will vouch for their ability to prompt a random, "Girl, that fireplace is fabulous!"

Now onto one of my favorite projects - this glass candelier that hangs over the table.  The tealight holders came from Crate & Barrel.  The different heights and shapes are interesting from just about every angle.  The glass base came from a trusty glass shop called Caplan that we've used for a few projects.  They cut the piece to specification with three holes evenly distributed around the edge.

From there I added the hardware that you can see in detail in the pictures.  The biggest tip of advice (courtesy the glass cutter man) is to have non-metallic washers.  There should be no metal touching the glass at any time.  The glass is fairly heavy and sometimes covered in a small fire.  I heeded the man's advice and have been eating worry-free ever since.  While you can't see it in the picture, I used vinyl washers to keep everything properly protected.

A special thanks goes to our wonderful friend, Kim, who made the table runner with her own little hands.

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I know, I know - you want to see what that thing looks like when it's lit.  I'll get around to that...

5 comments:

BmoreLoveLeigh said...

Your chandelier has always been one of my favorite projects in Project Rowhouse!

Jon said...

Thank you so much BmoreLoveLeigh! I might trade it for that Satallite Pendant Light?

Amy@BuffaloRoam said...

Love the mirrored detail on your mantle.. never seen anything like it!

mirrored nightstand said...

very nice work. It's beautiful!

Just beautiful things... said...

Love the fireplace tiles! Can you tell me what size the mirrored tiles you used are? Which one you used from Kit Kraft?