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How to Paint Metal Bathroom Light Fixtures

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This post will show you how to paint metal bathroom light fixtures, including how I made over our cheap vanity light fixture for only $16.

How to Paint Metal Bathroom Light Fixtures

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.

small bathroom before pics
Minimalist powder room shelving ideas

This week we’re tackling the light fixture. Yuck. Here’s a shot of it:

How to Paint Metal Bathroom Light Fixtures

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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.

How to Paint Metal Bathroom Light Fixtures

Tips for Painting a Cheap Bathroom Light Fixture

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.

ugly old vanity light shade
new vanity light shade

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!

How to Paint Metal Bathroom Light Fixtures
How to Paint Metal Bathroom Light Fixtures
How to Paint Metal Bathroom Light Fixtures

For more quick projects to improve your home, see my post about how to recaulk wooden stairs, how to decide whether to DIY or hire a pro on a big project, installing luxury vinyl plank flooring downstairs, and how to hide TV cords in a wall!

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How to Paint Metal Bathroom Light Fixtures
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How to Paint Metal Bathroom Light Fixtures

Updating a wall-mounted vanity light fixture for $16

How to paint metal bathroom light fixtures and how to make over a cheap vanity light fixture for only $16.

Instructions

    1. Loosen the light fixture a bit from the wall and slide painter's tape underneath.
    2. Tape off the socket area for the light bulbs.
    3. Cover the rest of the area in the disposable plastic drop cloths.
    4. Spray paint in small spurts to keep the paint from going everywhere. Allow to dry completely.
    5. Tighten light fixture back up to the wall.
    6. Add new shades and you're done!


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Monday 1st of October 2018

Looks SOOO good!! And that mirror...oh yes!!

Brittany Goldwyn

Wednesday 3rd of October 2018

Thanks lady!

Erin- Lemons, Lavender, & Laundry

Monday 17th of September 2018

I need new globes too... While it may not seem possible, mine are worse than yours. Seriously. They're awful. Hoping to find some cheap (BETTER looking) replacements this week.

Wendy

Monday 17th of September 2018

Wow, it's amazing how much impact just changing the shades make! I also love that mirror!

Meredith at The Palette Muse

Thursday 13th of September 2018

I love the flat black accents, what a difference already! And that's a great idea to loosen the fixture a little to tape behind it. I never would have thought of that. It's looking great!

Brittany Goldwyn

Sunday 16th of September 2018

Thanks Meredith!!

Kate

Thursday 13th of September 2018

What a difference, Brittany! The spray paint and the new shades make SUCH a difference. I am amazed, time and time again, that seemingly small decor changes can make a huge impact. Looking forward to seeing your full reveal!

Brittany Goldwyn

Sunday 16th of September 2018

Thanks Kate! I agree! I was almost too lazy to paint this one, too. Glad I went for it.

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