Saturday, May 14, 2011

Make an old light fixture new...

Let's take a look at this lovely light fixture....

Yikes, right? Wanna hear the story behind it? Ok, I need to give you some background first. My husband's mother (my MIL...) is an insanely good artist. She can pick up a brush and just create a landscape. Like with her eyes closed. Somehow, my husband assumed I could do the same thing. So, he found this "paint-yourself" light fixture and thought I could make it this gorgeous thing....yeah, not so much. But, being the good husband he is, he said he liked it and hung it up.
This was before I knew about spray paint. Or developed a deep love of spray paint.
So, I decided the time had come to rectify this horrible paint job. I wanted to spray paint it....but guess what? Although I have some far in the ways of paint and spray paint...I have not learned a thing about taking apart light fixtures, electricity, etc. I did NOT want to unwind all the wires and then try to put it all back together again before hubs got home. (I like to surprise him with my mini-makeovers. Sometimes I wait to see how long it takes him to even notice my little can take a long time). 

So, I got out my trusty sponge brush and my acrylic black and burnt umber paints and got to work! And here is the result.....

You can see where I missed a few little spots...

Ah, well....I still think it's a HUGE improvement.


  1. Major improvement, and I think it looks terrific!

  2. Very nice indeed... I love how simple and classy it looks now...I also painted a light fixture last week, using the old paint brush! It worked great, though it took time!

  3. I really is a huge improvement! Makes you wonder why youdid not do it long a go, right?
    Great job!

  4. it looks great! thanks for stopping by!!!


  5. What a great improvement! It looks brand new. Thanks for visiting and your nice comments.

  6. Wow Meg...You went from an 80's outdated fixture to something so fabulously chic without having to break the bank...

    Thanks for linking to "Meet Me On Monday"....

    Take care,

  7. I like it! I'm a new follower and I look forward to seeing more! I'd love it if you'd check out my blog and follow me too! :)

  8. Hi,visiting from the Thrifty Thursday blog hop. I'm now following your blog. I would love if you could return the favor.

    Thank you.

  9. Honestly I don't think anyone visiting your home will even noticed those spots you missed unless you point them out. I think it looks really nice!

  10. Don't you love the magic of paint? It looks great.
    Visiting from Thrifty Thursday Blog Hop

  11. Wow did that make a difference!!! Looks sooo much better

  12. Amazing what some paint can do, positive and negative! lol I'd love for you to come link up at DIY Thrifty Thursday at


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