Sunday, October 28, 2018

$5 Bathroom Vanity Light Makeover

On a budget?  We are too!  Sometimes you want a new look but its not in the budget to buy all new items.  How about a little makeover on something you already have?  Yes please!  This lighting makeover was easy and just what our master bathroom needed!

Disclaimer:  All of my pictures didn't turn out properly. Grrrrr!  I apologize for that, but I think I'll be able to explain so that you can try this makeover too!
The lighting in our master bathroom was stuck in the 80's.  It was that shiny brassy look.  Yuck! I didn't care for it at all!  This little makeover is going to bring it into the here and now.  It cost me the price of a can of spray paint which was about $5.  Some day I'd like to have new fixtures in here, but I'll take the $5 expense over the prices of new lighting fixtures for now.
This is a photo I found on Google.  This is what our fixtures used to look like before the makeover.
Ok, grabbing your supplies, you will be using spray paints, this is the easiest technique for this application.  You'll need a metal primer (any color is fine as long as its for metal) then you will need a paint color of your choosing.  I already had the primer on hand but I went to Lowe's and I chose an Oil Rubbed Bronze color in the textured version as my color.
To get the paint to adhere to the metal fixture, you will need to rough up the surface a bit.  I used my mouse sander with some 120 grit sand paper.  If you don't have a hand sander you can just grab a small piece of 120 grit paper and hand sand the surface area.
Again, I apologize for the blurry pictures!  Some of them were so bad I couldn't use them.  Gosh, what kind of blogger am I anyway! :)

Of course, first you will take the fixture down from the wall or ceiling and disassemble it into all the individual pieces.  Using your sand paper, lightly sand the shiny finish from your fixture.  You only want to remove the shine, no need to remove all the color. 
After you have lightly sanded all your pieces, wipe the dust off best you can.  I use a damp cloth to get all the dust off and then let them stand for a few minutes to make sure they are completely dry before painting.
Next, lay all the pieces out on cardboard or plastic spaced out so you will be able to get the spray paint on all sides. Spray all the pieces with metal primer first. Let dry completely.
Careful moving each piece before its completely dry because you could drop it and end up with this mess! Gosh!

Some pieces are harder to paint than others, so take your time and be sure to cover all the areas.

Repeat the steps above with the paint color of your choice.  Let all the pieces dry the directed time before you reassemble your "new" light fixture.
My honey hung them back over each vanity then we added some cost saving LED light bulbs and we had new light fixtures!  No more ugly shiny brass!

We've done so much more in our master bathroom since then and if you'd like to, you can read about those projects by clicking right here.

P.S. Let me know if you're interested in doTerra holiday items because I can help you out! Click right here to see the Holiday Gifts doTerra offers.  I personally want one of everything! :)

It doesn't have to be done all at once.  It is a slow process in the works! C-ya next time!

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  1. Light fixtures are so expensive! I like your economical fix. Goodbye brass!

    1. Thanks ever so much Audra, its always fun to save money! :)

  2. Lovely! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

  3. I never thought of painting the brass. Such a great idea and it looks fantastic! Thank you for sharing at Celebrate It!

    1. Hi Teri! Thanks so much! It was the cheapest way for a change at the time and now it looks so much better! :)


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