Saturday, October 20, 2012

Bring New Life to an Old Light

Is your house builder basic like mine? When we moved into this house it was filled with brass, honey oak, brass, and honey oak.

Oh no, no, no, no.

Ladies and gentlemen of the internet, I give you Exhibit A.

I don't mind the shape of it, just the brassiness. Too shiny, too gold, too 1996.

When I told Jared I wanted to spray paint the fixture he looked at me like I was crazy and asked, "Why don't you just buy a new light?"

The truth dear friends is that we are casually house hunting. So in all the updates/renovations we do, we are keeping in mind cost and resale value.

Now, that's not to say that we are doing things carelessly (we follow all codes). However, it does affect my design choices. Would I love to paint our bedroom a dark grey (YES!) But I'm not going too. That is too bold for most buyers. Would I love to buy an awesome lantern style light for the hallway (YES!) But it wouldn't be a wise use of upgrade money. I want to make smart choices that make the biggest impact.

That light fixture needed to be darker. Our walls are light and airy. The hallway needed some depth to "ground" the room.

Enter Exhibit B:

Spray Paint, my old friend. In oil rubbed bronze color.

Clean off the old fixture with a rag and make sure it is dry and free of dust.


Spray thin and even coats of paint.
Let dry about 48 hours.

Have a hunky carpenter re-connect it. 


Isn't she pretty?  

The oil rubbed broze really updates the entire look of the light. 

Best part was it only cost me $6.00 for the spray paint!  The same light is above our washer and dryer, so I did that one as well.

Two new light fixtures for $6.00?  

That is upgrade dollars well spent.

                                                    Thanks for stopping by!


Ian Kearns said...

great idea. When I bought my place we changed every fixture to nickel and bronze. It certainly adds up. I wish I thought of this for some quick fixes.

Ashley said...

Lovely! You have such a great blog and those DIY fixtures look great!
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