This blog post is about how easy and inexpensive it is to update your light fixtures with a press of a nozzle, also included are the why's behind this project. In this example a switch out of the pendant's glass globe was done for the finishing touch!
Whether you are selling and in need of an update or simply want a fresh new look for your light fixture, this basic project is a cost effective way of re-purposing what you already have. Many people are not confident in doing this themselves but don't second guess yourself anymore, you CAN do this!
This is my own home lighting update to illustrate the ease of this project and why I would switch out a perfectly good light fixture.
Listed below are the two paint products I used in this project.
1 - RUST-OLEUM PRIMER - for use on bare metal, previously painted and rusted surfaces.
2 - RUST-OLEUM METALLIC - for wood, metal, plastic and masonry. OIL RUBBED BRONZE (notice the easy on the hands trigger spray for those with joint pain this trigger spray is great). The metallic in this paint was perfect for this project, it was just enough to keep the finished product form looking flat!
The pendant lights were taken down. Be sure the breaker is turned off before removal of the fixture and if you are unsure of this step please get a professional to help you with these matters!
Pick a non windy day for this project as you will want to spray outside to avoid the paint fumes. To avert drips keep a steady motion and spray going with a back and forth motion barely covering your layers. Keep the can about 12' to 16' from the surface while you are spraying. Don't forget to shake your can before you start ;)
I let the primer dry 24 hours before using the finishing color which I also let dry 24 before the install. Don't forget to spray any exposed hardware used in hanging the fixture.
The down rod is primed and ready for the finishing paint.
The ceiling caps are dried and ready to be installed.
As you can see the pendant lighting looks fine, in fact the downpoles were very smart looking. As beautiful as this island is, it appears to be floating and it needs to be anchored. The brushed nickle finish didn't complement the beautiful cherry island the and the stark white globes did not complement the cream cabinetry that the pervious owners had installed. The dark tiles on the stove backsplash helped but this kitchen needed at least one more design element to warm up this kitchen.
The darker lighting now anchors the island and the new globes give the kitchen an transitional look. The cost of this light update project was $13 for the paint / primer and $11 dollars a piece for the globe.
Updating your lighting fixtures really is as easy as a press of the nozzle!