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We have a lot of dreamy updates on our exterior to-do list including updating our exterior lights. We have been drooling over and pinning some industrial-modern fixtures online, but considering we have none--really...zip!--plants or landscaping of any kind in our backyard--plus a dream of a pergola and patio furniture--it didn't feel right to invest in new lighting just yet. The only thing was I couldn't stand to look at our faded dirty fixtures anymore, so I did a $7 makeover.
Our lights used to be a sort of tarnished brown and the seeded glass had yellowed significantly and was uber dusty. While the tarnished brown look doesn't look horrible against our brick, our house numbers and shutters are both black so we really wanted the lights to go darker and sleeker.
First, I took the lights apart to get the glass out and after soaking the panes in a bit of white vinegar I threw the glass in the dishwasher and set out to paint the rest of the lights in the meantime.
Chris offered to unwire the fixtures so I could spray paint everything in a line, but once they were unscrewed from the brick, it was just as easy to slide a piece of butcher paper underneath and spray away. As for the top, side supports and screws--those I did line up and give a few even coats of spray paint.
As you know, I normally go for oil-rubbed-bronze, but because I was trying to steer clear of brown undertones for this project I decided on Rustoleum's Metallic Carbon Mist. It isn't as stark as black and it still has the shimmering, metallic qualities of oil-rubbed bronze, but it is more of a dark charcoal in real life. In a word, puurrttttty.
The result? Cleaner, sleeker, clearer fixtures.
Here's a before shot of the lights by the garage:
And the much better after:
It isn't as big of a change as going from, say, brassy to black lights would be (which would be an amazing transformation to any of you with those fixtures), but for me--it's 'uuggee. In fact, I told Chris I am completely okay with holding off on purchasing new lights.
Which I guess means this $7 project saved us at least $400. Not too shabby.
Anyone else revamping fixtures around the house--inside or out? A year after DIYing our dining room chandelier, we are gearing up to tackle the project again (it has caved in a slightly in one area) or we may even go a completely different direction. Of course, we'll let you know where we end up.