Since we purchased our new home I’ve been feeling like we’ve been chasing the yellow slowly but surely out of the house. For example, we turned our backstairs from this:
And the “everything closet” from this:
The latest victim? The one light fixture that was left in our office/playroom/ guest room upstairs:
Yep – that was the only light in the whole huge room! I have nothing against yellow in general, but it really didn’t go at all with the overall feel of the room we were going for. However, because we’re desperately trying to save money where we can, I opted to refurbish it rather than buy a whole new fixture. I figured it was nothing a bit of spray paint couldn’t fix! I actually think the shape of the light is great, and had a feeling that a smooth new paint job would really do wonders for this little guy! This was actually a project I finished a few months ago, but I totally forgot to blog about it in the flurry of activity that was the master bathroom reno!
All I did for this little makeover was take down the fixture, dismantle it (which really just involved unscrewing the bulb), and take the yellow plastic shade outside for a few coats of spray! I snapped a quick picture as I was working – here’s a shot of when just the interior was sprayed:
In addition to giving the fixture a quick spray paint job, I also moved where the fixture hung in the room. This isn’t nearly as complicated as it may sound since the fixture was not hardwired, but rather was basically just a light bulb socket and this plastic piece, all on a long cord that plugged into an outlet close to the ceiling. This is the side of the room I moved the light to – the seating area that had only that floor lamp to light the space, which was terrible if you wanted to use the play table in the evening:
The fixture gives off a nice glow in the evening, and the light is great to have right over the sofa and table area. We still have other lighting issues to address in the room, and someday I’d love to do some hardwired overhead lighting, but for now, this is already doing wonders for an otherwise very dark room! I always love a cheap and dramatic makeover – especially one that doesn’t take much time. Win-win-win!
What have you been spray painting lately?