An Easy Outdoor Upgrade
The hubs, the dog [Ben!], and I live in a quiet little neighborhood. However, when you are a domestic duchess there is always something brewing. Last week was no different. I saw our neighbors replacing the standard (read: not so fabulous) light fixtures outside their home with new pretty ones.
I decided to go to Home Depot to check out what they had, and was astonished by the cost! I didn’t LOVE or even LIKE our light fixtures, but I definitely did not HATE them enough to throw out that kind of cash. I really like the shape, but couldn’t get over the tacky gold color.
So, the hubs and I left the lighting section of the store and went to the paint section. We did a nice little upgrade, for the cost of a can of black semi-gloss outdoor paint.
What you’ll need:
- Grit Sandpaper
- Masking Tape
- Outdoor paint & paintbrushes
- Turn off the power supply to the exterior lights at the fuse
- Using masking tape, cover carefully all areas you don’t want the paint on (like the glass)… you may have to get out scissors to get this done just right
- Lightly sand the fixture with the sandpaper to rough up the surface
- Take the rag and get all dirt off
- Spray the light fixture with primer before painting (OPTIONAL)
- Carefully paint the paint, make sure to look at it from different angels to ensure you didn’t leave any spots. Let dry for 30 minutes. Give second coat
- Turn power supply on
For the record, painting is easier if you take them OFF the wall. However, the hubs was working and I have an extreme sense of urgency, and could not wait another minute! This worked fine, just be extra careful and take your time painting :)