Updating light fixtures with spray paint
As you know, we have decided to stay in our home for a few more years instead of selling this year. To be honest, at least 2 of the light fixtures really didn’t match my current decor anyway. Learn how to paint light fixtures so you can give new life to your lighting, too! I don’t know about you, but I grow tired of my decor from time to time. As you change your styles, those often need changing, too. ;) If you want to catch up, I talked about the paint and a few other changes we are making in this post and this post .
Then I hung it outside on a large garden hook or tree limb so I could paint it from all angles. Enter my favorite spray paint – (I buy it at Wal-mart for $3.94 a can.
But you can find it at any home improvement store.) Spray on 2-3 light coats, let dry, and then put it back together.
Paint (and a few other simple products) are your friend here. You don’t even have to take them down to update them this way!
I didn’t worry too much because we were planning to move.
Long horizontal pieces get horizontal strokes; short vertical pieces that separate the panels get vertical strokes.
Keeping the intersection of these lines clean can be difficult with the wool glove, so you may want to switch to a sash brush for the second coat of glaze. In addition to posting comments on articles and videos, you can also send your comments and questions to us on our contact page or at (800) 946-4420.
So by painting all 3 light fixtures (well, 4 in total), we saved a bunch of money (and time and effort) by not replacing. I actually am in love with all of their new looks so it doesn’t even feel like a compromise. And that truly is the best thing ever for this very thrifty girl.
:) Stay tuned for the upcoming tutorial posts on how I did the verdigris and patina finishes.
And the fact that you can buy light fixtures for around at thrift stores amazed me too!
This is what I started with – your basic, builder-grade, brassy dome light. (Thrift stores and yard sales are great prices to find light fixtures. I am in the process of changing out most of the fixtures in our house and I usually find fixtures priced around or less.) I unscrewed the screws on the top and bottom of the cage part to release the glass pieces.
I am taking a little break from the Beach Bash to do a mini series on transforming your outdoor space with spray paint!