Saturday, October 29, 2011

Before and After: Ugliest Light Fixture Ever

While surfing the blogosphere a few weeks ago, I saw an old bathroom light fixture that had been repurposed into a votive candle holder. I cannot remember who did it...but it was featured on a few other blogs. If this was you, speak up so I can give you credit! ;)

So when I ran into this, I thought I could do something similar without too much work.
You may want to shield your eyes....can you imagine this on your bathroom ceiling? *shudder*

First, I took the lightbulbs out and the light covers off and was left with just the brass cover/plate. I had a few ideas that I tried and didn't work, so the finish I came up with was accidental. First, I sprayed it silver. It was ok. Then I waxed it to give it an aged feel. No good. Then I put a coat of brushed white on...and it looked even worse. So I decided to sand off the white. Because I'd waxed it, the white kind of peeled off leaving an uneven finish that I liked.

Here is the light fixture today!

Here's what I love about the center is a hole that needs covering. This means I can change up what's in the center depending on the season or holiday! Brilliant! Christmas? Mistletoe or Pinecones. Easter? A small basket of eggs. Summer? A tall vase of sand and shells. The options are endless!

So next time you see a horiffic light fixture at the thrift store, look at it a different way. It might still work!


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Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

What a clever example of repurposing Allison!

Anonymous said...

Ooooh me likey! I love the "accidental" finish. Well done :)

Cassie Bustamante said...

oooh, maybe there is hope for all the light fixtures in our new house.... ;)
great idea!

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

This is such a transformation, Allison! I WILL look at light fixtures differently now!

Decor & Harmony said...

Allison you're smarter than the average bear/blogger. Nice job :)

Andi said...

really cool Allison. If I had only seen the final product i would never have known.

Sherry said...

This turned out lovely; it's amazing the things we can recycle.

gail@My Repurposed Life said...

well, isn't your ugly light fixture too pretty now! great job! I love a good repurpose and PAINT!

Gail said...

Nice transformation!

Megan Gunyan said...

So cool! I love it when things just work out like that! Great job.