Thursday, June 18, 2009

Frugal Light Fixture Update

Guest Post on A Stitch of Faith - the Husband!

Lisa and I decided to work on another home improvement project today and decided to try a frugal alternative!

We've lived in our current house around 12 years and all of the external light fixtures are showing the age. This light fixture is at our back door and looks very rough. It's very faded and even showing some signs of rust.

Here's another view of this sad little light fixture. Some would think, "Throw it away and buy another one!" It was tough just getting it off the back wall due to rusted connections.

Well, not us! We had bought this spray paint for another project (painting the hinges on the kitchen cabinets - stay tuned for that project!) and decided to give it a try. If it didn't work, well, maybe we'll buy a new light fixture.

So here's the fixture disassembled, ready for clean up.

Here I am taking an SOS type pad to the pieces. The poor little thing cleaned up pretty good!

Here we are at the painting stage. Lay the pieces out, spray them, wait patiently, then give them another coat.

Fully assembled, mounted back on the wall and looking good! All for the cost of a can of spray paint!

Be sure to visit Life As Mom to see more money saving ideas on her Frugal Fridays post.


Cheap&Sweet said...

Man when I saw that ugaly, no not ugly, ugaly light fixture I thought dang they just need to give it up. lol jokes on me it looks awesome now. Great job!

cookiesandmilk said...

I was inspired by this post and took down all four of my gross old brass fixtures and spray painted them black using a satin rustolum outdoor spray paint. They look awesome especially given they only cost about $7 when you add the brillo and spray paint cost together!

cookiesandmilk said...

I have just now posted the black light fixtures on my blog page.