Thursday, August 4, 2011

When life gives you lemons . . .

The whole story of the Paint In My Hair Boutique started as me wanting to find a bigger space to paint.  I looked into industrial parks, but then decided that I really didn't want to be a lone female working in an industrial area.

So I found this little store on Monroe street that had great rent. Well, there was a reason it was such a great deal! It needed a LOT of work.  One thing that really bugged me was the drop ceiling.  Budget wasn't going to let me build a new ceiling or hire an electrician to redo it for me. So I came up with this idea:  Making my own Shabby Chic Light Covers!  I think I get more comments on my lights than any other part of the store--outside my fabulous garden design, but that's another post.  

How I got this:

From this:

First we had to pull down the aweful drop ceiling.
 We discovered that there was dry wall,
but it wasn't mudded or taped. 
And the fluorescents were recessed, making the possibility of removing them even more cost prohibitive.

I sprayed a layer of flat dark gray on the dry wall and call it industrial!
Then we found tons of great wood framed windows to cover the lights.

 We gave them a scrape to get off the loose paint, softly power washed them down & called it good. I wanted the lights to have a super rustic feel. Be sure to hang them wood trim side down. The other side is just plaster, and not as strong.  

We added frosted privacy film to the panes &
 used screws and 15 lb. chain to hold them up.

And Voila!
Isn't this so much better than a fluorescent bubble cover!?

sharing Here:

French Country Cottage

DIY Club


  1. Oh my...this is way "COOL"...thanks so much for sharing this at my NIFTY THRIFTY TUESDAY party (I do have a party button on my sidebar that you can upload on your post).


  2. What a fantastic idea!! I love this and I would love for you to come share it at Feathered Nest Friday at my blog! Well done! :) BTW- often have paint in my hair too! lol!

  3. Hi there~ just stopping back by to say thanks for sharing this at Feathered Nest Friday! :)