This post will show you how to make over a cheap vanity light fixture for only $16.
Hello all, and welcome to the second week of the $100 Room Challenge hosted by my friend Erin at Lemons, Lavender, and Laundry. If you missed week one, you can check it out here. I shared before pics, talked about patching and painting, and shared the shelving for the room.
This week we’re tackling the light fixture. Yuck. Here’s a shot of it:
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Obviously a new light fixture wasn’t in the budget this go round, so I removed the shades and bulbs and grabbed ol’ trusty: my flat black spray paint. (If you’ll recall from last week, I also painted the shelving brackets and the toilet paper holder.) To paint this fixture, I loosened it a bit from the wall and slid painter’s tape underneath. I also taped off the socket area for the light bulbs. Then I covered the rest of the area in the disposable plastic drop clothes that are next to the area you wait for your paint to be done at Lowe’s/Home Depot.
Now some of you are probably wondering: Why didn’t you just take it off the wall? Well, I always advocate DIYing to your own personal comfort level, and I am not comfortable working with electric. It’s on my list to some minor electrical skills from a professional, but I am not keen on DIYing plumbing and electric. Besides, this wasn’t that bad.
To keep the spray paint from going EVERYWHERE, I just painted in small spurts. Once everything was dry, I removed the plastic and tape and retightened the fixture to the wall.
Then it was time to tackle the light shades. Ugh, I hate these things. HATE them. I ended up using two new shades from Lowe’s.
Once I popped those on, it was done. What do you think? Massive upgrade in my eyes. You can also see I upgraded the mirror already, and I love it. It’s this mirror from Target, except in black. Unfortunately I don’t see the black one on their website anymore. I chose Target for the mirror because I had a $20 coupon to put toward it, thus defraying my costs!
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