Hi my name is Talia, and I am addicted to paint!
You know how some people (men??!) think duct tape can fix anything?! Well paint is kinda my duct tape! I am really obsessed with it!
We just bought our first house a couple weeks ago! I have been waiting 10 yrs for my very own home (actually I have really obsessed over a house since I was a kid... long story, another day)!
(This is our house! I only have a 50mm lens, so even from across the street I can't fit it all in one picture. But you get the idea)
A house where I can paint the walls whatever colors my little heart desires, change things, upgrade things, not stress over all the dings and dents my 3 children leave behind, and overall just make a beautiful, cozy place for my family and friends to dwell.
Well I am quickly learning I really need to pace myself with the projects! I am amazed at how expensive all things "home" can get! So instead of buying new outdoor light fixtures, I bought two cans of spray paint and reloved mine! I absolutely love them!!
So lets start with the journey of my very sad looking outdoor fixtures.
oh, wait... before we begin, I have a favor to ask! Please, please ignore all the crazy bugs and webs on the outside of my house! My husband desperately needs to pressure wash the outside, but he too has 5 million things going on... mainly his crazy summer work schedule. I tried to wipe down as much as I could around the fixtures, but I could only handle so much! *shudder*
Here is the before:
The fixtures themselves were really nice, the finish.. not so much!
Here is the after!
Love the transformation!! I love even more, that I didn't spend much at all AND reused rather than purchased something new.
Alright so now the how! It was super easy and only took me one afternoon.
These are the two products I used:
1. I took down the fixtures and cleaned them really well with a wet rag.
2. I removed all the glass (washed it) and took the fixtures apart. These came apart really easy.
3. Plugged the light bulb hole with paper to make sure no paint got in.
4. Laid out cardboard boxes on my grass and spread out the fixtures.
5. Very lightly and slowly painted on one coat of primer. I let it dry for maybe 10 minutes, rotated and repeated until all of the metal was primed.
Here are all of my pieces primed
After the primer was dry to the touch, I painted on my oil rubbed bronze. I spray super slow and steady and stay about 6 inches away. If you get too close or spray in one area too long it will get drippy. This finish takes longer to dry, so I left it for probably an hour, and then rotated and sprayed again.
I was able to paint 5 fixtures in all with those two cans: 3 of the larger lights, and two of the smaller ones!