Quick & Easy Lighting Makeover

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How To Do An Easy Lighting Makeover

Use Kraft paper and masking tape to cover the wall/ceiling around the light fixture.  Be sure to cover anything below it as well, use a drop cloth or old sheet to be sure that you aren’t going to have paint all over everything.

Remove any globes, shades, light bulbs, etc.

Lightly sand the metal surface to roughen it up so that the primer can adhere properly.  Wipe clean when done.

Stuff paper into the sockets to keep them from being coated with paint.

Use the spray paint primer to coat the metal then use the spray paint in the color you want your fixture to be.  Remember to spray in short, light strokes at least 10” from the surface.  If you spray with too much force or too much paint, you will get drips!!  Several light coats of paint rather than one heavy coat will give you the perfect finish.  Allow each coat to dry for 20-30 minutes before applying the next coat.

When you have finished painting, allow the fixture to dry for at least 12 hours before replacing the lightbulb and globe/shade.

I’ve even used wall paint applied with a brush as the top coat on some of my fixtures & it worked out beautifully!

Here’s the before & after of my bathroom fixtures – I did replace the shade on these because the old shades were AWFUL!  And I used the wall paint on these fixtures because I wanted them to blend in and not stick out like a sore thumb.

Another fixture I painted was a chandelier I found in a dumpster.  The shades were gone but I liked the shape so I cleaned and painted it and hung crystals on it to dress it up.

Now it hangs in my guest room.

White paint makes everything look better!

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