We’ve seen some awesome DIY projects where people have purchased household items at yard sales or flea markets and with a little imagination and creativity, have created masterpieces. Today we’re excited to introduce and feature Marlaina Teich, a home design expert and remodeling specialist based in Long Island, NY. Marlaina shares a stunning lighting project for our “Decorating on a Dime” series today, this is awesome!
While working with a client on the renovation of their 100 year old house, we came across this chandelier at a local yard sale. We loved the fact that the piece was old and thought it could be perfect in the marine blue dining room that we were designing- if it was a different color and in working condition that is! Always up for a challenge, we first had the piece rewired for safety at a specialty lighting store (cost of rewire -$50). We then primed and painted the chandelier to give it a distressed white color. Actually- the distressed part was a happy mistake. We didnt prime the piece completely and the original iron color bled through!
The chandelier was purchased at a local yard sale. It cost $25 but we haggled to $20.
We hung the chandelier in the dining room. The house is a weekend house located on the water so I wanted to bring in the elements of sand, water and nature. The dining room is a marine blue shade, and the draperies are a subtly blue and white striped linen, perfect for framing the view of the water outside.
Marlaina is also the founder and principal designer at Marlaina Teich Designs (MTD), where she and her team create unique environments that reflect the personality and lifestyle of each client. Approachable and inspired, Marlaina’s clients all remark on her boundless energy, passion, honesty, and ability to bring their ideas, however raw, to inception and perfection. Marlaina received her degree from The Metropolitan Institute of Interior Design and is an Allied Member of ASID as well as IDS and has been a featured designer in various showcases, including the annual Mansions and Millionaires Showhouse.
Be sure to check out Marlaina Teich Designs website, www.mtdny.com