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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Using spray paint to update your light fixtures

We did (hired someone to do) a beautiful overhaul to our master bathroom earlier this year, and we've been meaning to undertake two looming projects in that room since then: scraping the icky popcorn ceiling in there and updating the light fixture above our vanity.

I'll broach the popcorn ceiling project in a future post, so today we're tackling the light fixture!

We did some searching for a large-ish light fixture in an oil-rubbed bronze (ORB) finish, and couldn't find one that we loved. So, we decided to stick with the old fixture - Bring on the ORB spray paint!

Items you need:
  • Masking tape
  • Fine grit (120) sand paper
  • Rustoleum primer
  • Rustoleum ORB (oil-rubbed bronze) spray paint
  • Optional: clear spray paint


Step #1: Turn off the power to your fixture and remove it from your wall. 

Step #2: Remove any glass fixtures and lightbulbs, and tape off areas you don't want painted (especially the opening where the lightbulb goes)

Step #3: Use the sandpaper to lightly sand the fixture. Rough it up just enough to help the paint stick. Wipe off dust with a damp cloth. Let it dry completely.

Step #4: Go outdoors and spray a light first coat of primer to the fixture. Let dry for at least 1 hour. Spray a 2nd coat of primer, if needed (we did). Let dry completely.

Step #5: Break out the ORB spray paint :) Lightly spray a first coat of paint over the primer. Let dry for at least an hour. Lightly spray a second coat and let dry overnight. Check for any nooks and crannies that the paint may have missed!

Step #6: (optional): Spray with a clear coat of spray paint, if you'd like a protective layer of paint.

Step #7: Once the fixture is completely dry, remove the masking tape, reattach any glass covers and lightbulbs, and (ensuring the power source is still turned off) reattach the wires and rehang in your room!

...and after!!
The newly refurbished light looks so much better than the old light, don't you think??

1 comment:

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