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How to update your light fixtures with a press of a included.

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.

Rustoleum primer



 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.

primed light fixture



painted ceiling caps





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.



close up of after fixture

                painted ceiling caps

updated lighting fixture

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!







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Comment balloon 49 commentsCynthia Bartch • February 15 2011 03:37PM


This is a very informative article! I love the pictures to go along with it! Thank you for sharing.

Posted by Tamra Lee Ulmer, NRBA ~FORCE~ Over 1000 REO Assets SOLD! (Arizona Resource Realty) almost 10 years ago

very good Idea!! I would have never thought about that I would go out and purchase more!! Thank you!

Posted by Ken's Home Team LLC. | 360.609.0226 | Portland, OR & Vancouver, WA Real Estate Team, - SOLD IS OUR FAVORITE 4 LETTER WORD - (Ken's Home Team LLC.) almost 10 years ago

Hi Tamra @ Arizona Realty, Thanks and yes I have to agree with you, pictures really help with visualization of a project!

Hey Ken, LOL...since I saved $$ on this lighting fixture I was able to replace the other one in the kitchen that was not to my liking and couldn't be saved with a makeover! Thanks and I hope you can use this in the future.

Posted by Cynthia Bartch almost 10 years ago

I want Re-Blog to work... 

Meet for lunch sometime?

Posted by Maureen McCabe, Columbus Ohio Real Estate (HER Realtors) almost 10 years ago

Re-Blog doesn't work Maureen??? I've not been on AR regularly lately.

Yes, lunch sounds good and I'll be looking forward to it!!! I emailed you.

Posted by Cynthia Bartch almost 10 years ago

Hello Cynthia:

Nice touch and the photos were essential to make the post come alive.  I didn't think the kitchen needed anything, but the made-over are handsome.

Posted by Brian Rugg, Sun City TX Real Estate - Georgetown, TX Real Est (Rugg Realty LLC Sun City Texas 512-818-6700) almost 10 years ago

Hi Brian, I agree the lights would not be a major sticking point in selling the home, but it is something I would mention to a client. I want them to have every advantage they could in these times. I also do  Redesign and these kind of fixes are so simple...think old brass fixtures!

When I first walked into the kitchen I felt that beautiful island was disconnected from the rest of the kitchen and knew the lighting had to be switched out. Thanks for your kind words, much appreciated!

Posted by Cynthia Bartch almost 10 years ago

GREAT update in a beautiful kitchen!!  Sometimes those small updates make for a BIG difference!!

Posted by Kathy Burke, S.F. East Bay Home Staging (Sensational Home Staging~~Danville, CA) almost 10 years ago

I love your easy-to-follow instructions Cyn -- thank you!  This kitchen does look stunning with the update.  What a difference your clever and cost-effective idea made!

Posted by Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging, "Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes" (Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR) almost 10 years ago

Cyndee, Excellent project for the DIYers! 








Posted by Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton) (RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 almost 10 years ago

Pretty cool my friend. Hope you have been doing well.

Posted by Sharon Lee, Retired and loving life (Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance) almost 10 years ago

Cyndee--Paint is my best friend.  I love what you did and I especially love that the old light fixtures get a new life and are not shipped off to the landfill.  Nice photos; great post. 

Posted by Janet Jones, Home Staging, Interior Redesign Kihei, Maui, Hawaii (Just Your Style Interiors, LLC) almost 10 years ago

Leave it to my bud Bill Spear.................gotta love it.  Cythia the Great, love the post and the informamtion, but you know what I'm waiting for.............and have been for a long time.  Great to see you think "wreath".............

Posted by Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today! (Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092) almost 10 years ago

Excellent post - I so appreciate the time you took to create. The difference in the before and after is amazing! 


Posted by Kathy Nielsen, Atlanta Georgia Home Stager ( almost 10 years ago

Hi Kathy B, thank you and I agree those small updates can make a difference, especially when when you make them in multiples...they add up to a BIG one!

Hi Maureen, loving your new photo!!! Thanks, I've got to make the instructions easy to follow because most  clients are already in a tizzy when they decide to sell. I want to reassure them the project is child's play.


Hey STINKER Bliz, as a do it DYIer I agree!










Hey Miss Sharon Lee, thanks and I'm doing well here in the cold and snow! Hope you are doing well too.

Hi Janet, Hey we have the same friend...PAINT, go figure! I really try to use what a client already has, they are happy to save some $ in process :~) The other glass globes are going to friend to see if they will be perfect in her kitchen.

Dear Rascally Roger, Bill is quite the brain and he made mine hurt terribly this morning trying to think of a come back! Hummm.....spring is right around the corner.....but who know sit may till next November!

Hi Kathy, Thanks so much, The before pictured is the photo my husband took when doing the walk through, I was still in your part of town. I knew from the beginning that island looked like it was floating!


Posted by Cynthia Bartch almost 10 years ago

Cyndee, It's not often I spend 5-10 minutes trying to figure out what to say for a 12 word comment :)

Posted by Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton) (RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 almost 10 years ago

Love it Cyndee.  Great information and photos to show how easy it really is.  With my clients, taking down the fixture and dealing with electricity is frequently the biggest issue.  I keep telling them that if I can do it so can they, but they're fearful. 

Posted by Ginger Foust, Home Stager Oakhurst CA, Dream Interior Redesign & Staging (Certified Staging Professional) almost 10 years ago

Bill, well I spent 25 min on the made my grey matter really, really hurt this morning!

Hey Ginger, Yes the electric part can be tricky if they are unsure. Thanks so much for the kind words and visit my California friend :~) Hope you are doing well.

Posted by Cynthia Bartch almost 10 years ago

Yep, I got stuck on the "H" for a bit!

Posted by Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton) (RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 almost 10 years ago

Well I cheated and had the Thesaurus going in over-dive, lol! You know people have no idea what is going's like a type of Klingon talk and those who understand are weird. I'm ok with that :~)

Posted by Cynthia Bartch almost 10 years ago

Hi Cyn, it's nice to see you again and nice to see the difference a little paint can make!  The kitchen is beautiful!  Thanks for the step by step, I have a few light fixtures that could use some help

Posted by Mary Douglas, REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado (United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado) almost 10 years ago

Missed you girl!  And you return with a vengeance!  Awesome!!  I'm bookmarking so I can email to clients when I need directions for them to follow.

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) almost 10 years ago

Great post! I did the same thing to update one of my clients home. . .  the spray paint worked great to update an oak framed mirror (gasp!). They LOVEd it!

Posted by Roberta Anderson, Hearth & Home Staging, Staging Kitsap County (Hearth & Home Staging) almost 10 years ago

Hey there Mary, good to see you too! This is so easy, once you do the first one then look'll be updating everything in sight.

Hi Sharon, Thanks for the bookmarking, I was actually inspired to finally write how easy this really is by a client who had an older chandelier with beautiful crystal prisms. I told her what prisms to leave off permanently and use this oiled bronzed finish for a cool update. You know us types....we like to re-purpose if we can. :~)

LOL isn't it funny Roberta, whenever you suggest to paint over wood the look on a clients face? Nine times out of ten from my experience it's the men who are more hesitant. I bet your clients were amazed at the outcome of your fabulous handy work on their mirror!

Posted by Cynthia Bartch almost 10 years ago

We used this same idea on a client's cabinet hinges.  Much less expensive than replacing all of them, and since they aren't handled, seem to be holding up great


Posted by Kim Dillon (Creative Eye Home Staging) almost 10 years ago

Cynthia  There is no doubt you are the refinishing guru and stager par excellence

Posted by Karen Kruschka, - "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS" (RE/MAX Executives) almost 10 years ago

Hi Cynthia, what a great and simple fix! Yes love it, used it for old brass chandeliers and they shine again.

Posted by Barbara Heil-Sonneck, Home Staging Atlanta (Design2Sell) almost 10 years ago

Hi Kim, You that is nice to know because I wondered how it would work on hinges. Thanks, I appreciate you sharing your experience!

Well Karen you are very gracious in your comments and I thank you!

Hi Barbara, it is such a simple fix isn't it? My husband thought no way we would have to buy new, but I said "Did you forget who you're married to?"... LOL.  I LOVE the idea on an older brass chandelier it looks so smart.

Posted by Cynthia Bartch almost 10 years ago

Cynthia, what a great post!  And wow ~ what a difference it makes...  Thanks for the tip!  I'll be passing it on for sure... 
P.S - Thanks for joining our
VBloggers group!  Looking forward to your video blogs!!

Posted by Lee & Pamela St. Peter, Making Connections to Success in Real Estate (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices YSU Realty: (919) 645-2522) almost 10 years ago

Hi Pamela, yes please pass the info on! This comes in quite handy for my clients with shinny brass fixtures.

I had no idea your cool group existed until I commented on Sally's W. post. I'll proaby be a lurker for the most part ;)

Posted by Cynthia Bartch almost 10 years ago

What an amazing difference a little paint can make for a whole room! Nice!

Posted by Not a real person almost 10 years ago

Hey Russel, how's it going in your sunny part of the world? You are so right, paint and a bit of effort can make a BIG difference. Thanks!

Posted by Cynthia Bartch almost 10 years ago

I want my Re-Blog back....

Oh wait I said that a few days ago.

Posted by Maureen McCabe, Columbus Ohio Real Estate (HER Realtors) almost 10 years ago

Maureen, you are more than welcome to copy the post.

I did look up why they disabled it, to concentrate on making other features better.

Posted by Cynthia Bartch almost 10 years ago

No I believe in Re-Blog.  I will semi-patiently wait for Re-Blog to be undisabled to Re-Blog content from you, home inspectors and other experts. 

Or perhaps at some point I will give up whining and write a post with links to the experts.  Re-Blogs fit my blogging schedule and plan better.

Posted by Maureen McCabe, Columbus Ohio Real Estate (HER Realtors) almost 10 years ago

I understand Maureen and I really like those inspectors posts too.

I wonder how long the Re-Blog will be disabled? I've found some good posts when members used the Re-Blog button.

Posted by Cynthia Bartch almost 10 years ago

That is a lot of bang for the buck!! WOW!!! Love it!! Thanks for sharing-I have bookmarked this!! So glad you are back, miss your Monarch!

Posted by Cathy Lee, ASP, IAHSP, RESA Danville, CA (CL Design Services Home Staging) almost 10 years ago

Hi Cathy, so glad you liked it! With clients I like to explain the reason why changes are made and then they can use the info for the next home too.

There are 5 new butterfly bushes in the yard and I hope to catch more photos of them fluttering around. One landed on my neck this fall (it tickled) and I went inside to get my camera and as soon as I was walking out it flew back into the house!

Posted by Cynthia Bartch almost 10 years ago

With the properties I deal with, that kitchen would have been 100% fine the way it looked in the before photo!

But I admit the "after" really did improve the look and tie the colors together! Great ideas! Thanks.

Posted by Amy Bly, Styling Homes for Selling and Staying (Great Impressions Home Staging/Interiors) almost 10 years ago

I concur with your statement Amy regarding selling, I do quite a bit of redesign and sometimes nesting clients simply want a new look. The nesters are afraid to tackle this simple project hence the blog for encouragement.

Thanks for the kind word and stopping by!

Posted by Cynthia Bartch almost 10 years ago

Cynthia, big difference for such an inexpensive fix.  And, only someone with your skills can point this out so plainly.  Beautiful kitchen. 

Posted by Nick T Pappas, Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource (Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, @HomesBirmingham & Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Huntsville AL) almost 10 years ago

LOVE this. I tell people to paint their light fixtures all the time and they think I am nuts! This is a perfect example of how easy it is and what a difference it can make.

Posted by Shar Sitter, Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M (Rooms With Style) almost 10 years ago

Thanks for your kind words Nick, it's much appreciated :~)

Shar ok, ok we here know you are nuts in fun way of course ;~) Clients look at me like that too but I reassure them before you spend the $$ just try painting the fixture.


Posted by Cynthia Bartch almost 10 years ago

Cynthia- Don't know how I missed this one ... guess I was looking for the wreath post.. but this was excellent.  I love that you showed us all step by step how easy it is.. and you explained the why's of doing it.

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) almost 10 years ago

LOL@you Kathy, you know that wreath post will pop up one day....just not sure which day. Roger and his gang you included will never let me live it down!!! :~)

Yes it's important to explain to the client the why the change is done, and they love the info. so they can take it with them to new house or use for their next project!

Posted by Cynthia Bartch almost 10 years ago

I've said it before, I'll say it again, "sisters from other mothers"....honestly I think lots of stagers are our sisters too, all of us re-purposing gals have it in our blood!  LOVE the new look.  I once bought two little desks that had really cute drawer pulls on them, that long outlasted the cute little desks.  Though I complain when my husband strips something of its hardware before he sends it to the dumpster, I did exactly that.  When the right time came along, those pulls got a coat of hammered galvanized silver spray paint and got a new life as kitchen drawer pulls!  Spray paint is WONDERMOUS!!!

Posted by c m almost 10 years ago

Hellooooo Cheryl, yes I agree we scrutinize those items and say YES they can be saved!!! LOL I save the pulls too, why am I not surprised?

Hey you came up with new word I will have put in my vocabulary WONDERMOUS :~)

Posted by Cynthia Bartch almost 10 years ago

Once again, I jumped on your bog to play catch-up.  OMG, the pendants are beautiful.....of course, I would expect nothing less of you - my talented friend!!!!  And, you kitchen is gorgeous as well!!!  You are so right, they really needed to be darker to anchor the island - and loving the new globes as well.  Good job!!!

Posted by Dot over 9 years ago

Hey Dot, You are one sweet person!!! Thank you for your kind words they are always greatly appreciated. I'm lucky your creative talent has rubbed off on me, will get in touch w/ you soon girl.

Posted by Cynthia Bartch over 9 years ago

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