During our home renovation, it was important to make every dollar count. To do this, we decided to reuse some of the decorations and fixtures we already owned. This light wasn’t exactly my favorite. Truth be told, we had it in our last house more than 11 years ago and at the time when we moved, we liked it so much we decided to put it in our bedroom over our bed. After more than a decade staring at this light that no longer fit our taste, I was pumped to get rid of it, but then thought it might be ok to repurpose it for our walk-in closet.
If you are thinking about spray painting a light fixture, here’s what you need to know.
First: Prep! Take down the light. Be sure to Pick out a spray paint that goes with your decor. We decided upon Rust-Oleum Titanium Silver. We carefully read all of the cans to make sure it would work well on metal. I bought a very good paint, because I wanted it to turn out well and not look like a Pinterest project gone wrong. I did not use the entire can for this project.
Second: Clean the light well. You need to take it completely apart and add painters’ tape to the areas (i.e. the wiring, etc.) that you don’t want to get paint on. Be sure to wrap the wires well with the painters’ tape.
Next: Prepare a clean, covered surface for painting. Since we don’t subscribe to a newspaper any longer, I opted for some old wrapping paper I had gotten 50% off after Christmas that I highly doubt I will ever use. If it is a windy day, hold off on painting because you will end up with more on you than on the fixture.
Then: Spray about 6 or so inches away from the fixture in smooth, even strokes. Be sure not to apply too much or it will appear runny or drippy. It’s better to do light passes over the fixture and then go back for multiple coats. You will likely need to do this anyway so as to get all of the parts of the fixture that are exposed when it is hanging. Remember to really think over what you look at when the light is hung, because chances are you will be painting it from a different angle and don’t need to waste paint on sections of the light that aren’t ever seen.
Last: Enjoy the final product! The tired light I was sick of looking at looks great in our closet!