As part of the quick & cheap upgrades to our guest bath, I wanted to update the standard light fixture above the mirror. It is a builder-grade fixture with 3 bulbs and glass bulb covers.
Though I considered swapping out the bulb covers for a more modern set, I was instead inspired by the new Young House Love book (#83!) to instead upgrade the existing set.
Upgrading a Standard Bathroom Light Fixture with a Dip of Paint
All in all, this project cost $0. That’s F-R-E-E folks, aka my favorite price.
Here’s what we did:
Remove the lights from the fixture. For us, that meant unscrewing the bulbs & then popping off the shade.
Some shades might have small screws holding them in. It’s good to check before you just yank it out.
Meanwhile, I opened up the gallon sized can of paint.
It’s the same color that we used on the walls- Teeny Bikini by Olympic in a semi-gloss.
Since the shade fit perfectly into the can, we just dipped it about 1 inch deep in the paint.
Hold it up and let some drips drip back into the can.
Then, we set the shades paint side down on parchment paper.
This way, they wouldn’t drip onto themselves.
After about 1 hour, the paint was tacky-to-the-touch. It was about 75 percent dry.
At this point, we flipped the shades upside down and let them dry overnight, so they didn’t stick to the paper.
It turned out awesome! Sean screwed them back into place and we ended up with a really cool, custom look!
However, we decided that the blue might pop more with a white background.
Check back in later this week to see how we achieved that!
Have you done any free upgrades lately?