No matter how many times I paint furniture or décor items, I am still amazed at how paint can transform the look, feel, and even style of the piece. Today I want to show you how to change the style of light fixtures with paint.
Lately, I have been drawn to the curvy geometric shape of Moroccan style décor items. Remember the trash can that I used as a lamp shade? Or the tile that I am now convinced I want to use for the backsplash in our kitchen? Those things would be quite exotic in rich jewel tones, but with a creamy white palate, they move over into the French country cottage style that I love.
Last week, I came across a light fixture with the same curvy design and just knew it would be perfect for our bathroom. With a little paint and tweaking, that is.
The silver finish actually matches our vanity lights, but it made the fixture too Bohemian for what I wanted. Richard said it looked like it belonged inside a genie’s bottle. Oh, ye of little faith.
My trusty Rust-Oleum flat white paint to the rescue.
I needed to bring out those cottage-y floral details, so glaze was next. The glaze went a little darker than I wanted, so I dry brushed white craft paint over it. See those flowers? They are very similar to the flowers on the towel hook in our bathroom, another reason I knew this fixture was perfect for the space. A quick coat of clear matte spray finished the fixture.
When I bought the light, I didn’t realize that it was a plug-in lamp, but that was an easy fix. I had to cut off the plug, buy a canopy kit, and paint the canopy to match the lamp.
Richard temporarily hung the light so that we could determine the right height over my makeup vanity. To enhance the soft cottage feel I was going for, I made a fabric tube to cover the chain. I measured the length of the chain and doubled that measurement to make the tube. I knew I would be covering the cord and chain, so I didn’t paint them when I painted the other lamp parts.
Richard slipped the fabric tube over the chain, then wired the fixture into the electrical box that was already in place.
Doesn’t it make pretty shadows on the wall? The soft light is also great to turn on in the middle of the night without blinding anyone….
- I could have used hook and loop tape to make the fabric chain cover removable, but I don’t think it would have bunched up nicely.
- Since this was originally a plug-in lamp, Richard had to add a ground wire to the fixture.
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What do you think? Did I manage to change the style of the light fixture with paint- from Bohemian to French Country Cottage Chic? Would you use mixed metal finishes in a bathroom?