In conjunction with our outside of the house redo, we’ve been on the hunt for new exterior lights. We were looking for something dark, probably oil rubbed bronze and modernish and hopefully square. After a long hunt (2+months), we were unable to actually find anything we loved. I then began to entertain somehow painting them, but I wasn’t really sure how to accomplish this feat. Since we have several other things going on (catch up here, here, here, and here), it wasn’t really too much of a priority.
Late last week, Katie Bower happened to blog about her light makeover, and it was all I need to get the motivation to go. Basically she had the indoor version of our exterior lights and she taped all the glass and sprayed away. Since I don’t think I’ve officially introduced you to the beauties that live on our house, check these puppies out.
Awesome detail (I love the fake lantern on the top), just very very weathered and definitely plum full up of bugs. I pulled those off the house and brought them in to start the tapin’. I decided while Steve was nursing his head wound yesterday to start my project. It took a really long time to thoroughly tape one lantern (inside and out). How long? 2 episodes of Dance Moms, 1 episode of Love in the Wild, and 1 episode of Project Runway, and yes, I watch some AWESOME tv shows.
After taping, I headed out to spray, I was so excited, I missed the final “before” step, but check out Katie’s blog because she has a good picture of what needs to happen and has more patience than I do.
First coat. I was in L-O-V-E at first spray….the color looked good on Katie’s blog, but photos don’t even do the thing justice, it looks SO good.
I basically rotated, sprayed, waited, rotated, sprayed, waited, etc. This took me off and on all day Saturday and Sunday (and yes, I’ve only done 1 of the 5 so far just in case this didn’t work…) and it was worth every minute.
I took of the first patch of tape! (The inside is still taped over at this point)
Holding it up by the “before”.
I am so happy with how this turned out and I can’t say enough wonderous things about oil rubbed-bronze spray paint. That stuff rocks. The closest lights we have found ran $90 a light…at 5 lights on the front and one on the back that brings us $540 of savings. I still have a half can of spray paint left, so we’ll figure 3 cans total to do everything, $8.00 a can, so I guess really $514. At this point, I’d take whatever nickels I can get so $500 smackaroos? YES.
Have you used oil rubbed bronze yet? What’d you spray? I’m going to be outside staring at my lights and ignoring my house if you’re looking for me!
Linked up with A Bowl Full of Lemons.