Revamp a Dated Light Fixture

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If you live in a 1950’s ranch, you probably have one of these bad boys hanging around…

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…and if you are anything like me, you couldn’t wait to give this fancy fellow a serious facelift. A little spray paint was all this guy needed to jump forward into the 21st century.

The Supply List:

  • Out-of-control dated light fixture (if not currently in your possession, check out a thrift store)
  • Electrical current tester
  • Screwdriver
  • Paper towels
  • Plastic bag
  • Newspaper
  • Spray paint (I used 2 cans of textured paint on mine)

Turn off the electricity…

Before you even think about tackling this project, make sure all electricity to the fixture is turned off! Use a current tester to double and triple check that the power is indeed off. Raise your right hand and promise me: I, (insert your name here), do solemnly swear to trust a current tester and NOT a light switch for all the days of my DIY life.

Remove the light fixture…

While each light fixture will be slightly different, most involve unscrewing the decorative canopy to reveal the electrical box containing the wires.

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Use a screwdriver to remove the screws attaching the fixture to the electrical box. Then remove the wire connectors and untwist the wires to free the fixture – the novice electrician in me likes to mark which wire goes with which, so that reattaching is a cinch.

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Knock out the prep work…

Remove the glass hurricanes and use rolled paper towels to protect the bulb sockets and a plastic bag to safeguard the wires from the layers of spray paint to come.

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Spray away…

Before you go to town with the paint, make sure you remove as much dust as possible from the fixture – compressed air works wonders for the nooks and crannies. Once clean, place your fixture on a few sheets of newspaper, crack open your spray paint, and use sweeping motions to ensure an even coating. Allow to dry, then turn the fixture and spray the sections you missed. Continue until the entire fixture is covered in an even layer of paint.

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Reattach your fixture…

Flip-flop step 2 above, and turn the power back on. You’re then free to do the happy dance when your majorly updated light fixture hangs like a shining beacon of DIY hope. You did it!

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Photo Credit: Cara Wilkerson

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