Trash To Treasure: How To Paint A Bathroom Light Fixture

Hello again my sweet friends.  I’ve been working on a little update for our master bathroom, and I am so excited to share a recent revelation with you.  What revelation, you ask?  Well…our bathroom has a REALLY ugly and dated light fixture; so bad I thought replacing it was my only option, but it wasn’t an option cuz I have no money.  You with me? So I pondered this dilemma for a hot minute and came up with an idea.  If you’re ready, I’ll share with you how to paint a bathroom light fixture without taking it down.

Let’s get started, shall we?   Brace yourself for a truly ugly before shot.


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How To Paint A Bathroom Light Fixture

That dated chrome with frosted glass shades light fixture is in every one of our bathrooms.  And I HATE them.


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(this post contains affiliate links for the products I used for this project.  If you click a link and make a purchase, your price will not change but I will make a small commission.  thanks!)

Materials Needed

Make sure to clean your fixture first.  I lightly sprayed an all purpose cleaner on to a damp rag and thoroughly cleaned off the dust and hairpsray so the paint would stick.

I wouldn’t recommend spraying the cleaner directly on to the fixture, you know, since it’s plugged in an everything.

I wanted a farmhouse look, so I went with an Oil Rubbed Bronze.  I chose to brush on the paint because I’m VERY lazy, and I did not want to take the fixture down.  If you have the energy to take yours down, or have a fixture that isn’t yet installed, spray paint would be quicker.


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I brushed the paint on with a small craft brush.  The first coat was a little scary, but I pressed on.  This is oil based paint so rather than mess with cleaning the brush, I threw it away when I was done.  (Lazy, remember?  ;))


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38 thoughts on “Trash To Treasure: How To Paint A Bathroom Light Fixture

  1. i have the ugly hollywood lights in my bathroom and now that i have seen you do this i am going to do it….. stinks about rkr i’d be as mad as a wet hen xx pinned too xx

  2. I was so sad to hear about RKR :-( but you’re back and the light fixture turned out beautifully. Love the whole look. Pinned. May I ask you a favor, please Kimm? Can you add a StumbleUpon button, I would love to share this one there too.

    1. Thank you Michelle! I’m glad you found the StumbleUpon button, and thanks for sharing!! Have a great weekend!

    1. Thank you so much Toni. One of the things I liked best about RKR was sharing other bloggers’ amazing work, so I have some ideas to keep that going over here at Reinvented. Stay tuned!!

    1. Thank you so much Marie! I’m excited to hear that you’ve seen my ugly light fixture floating around the world wide web! ;) AND THANKS for pinning!!

  3. Love love love this change Kimm! I’ve spray painted a light fixture before but I’ve never painted one before. This looks really nice. Pinned and will share! Hugs, CoCo

    1. Susan, the only prep required was a good cleaning! ;). I used a mixture of hot water and vinegar with a few drops of dish soap. :)

  4. This looks great! Why not find a decorative hat to hang on the center light where there is no bulb? Hard to tell how much room you have it might look cool and disguise the center missing bulb. I love the look. I have a fancy hat hanging on my bedroom wall with a series of photos and it looks amazing.

    1. Caryn, that is a fantastic idea! I might give that a try, plus it’s an excuse to go hat shopping! ;) Have a great week, thanks so much for reading!

    2. This looks great! I’m going to try it in my bathroom. Go ahead and buy another set of bulbs, one will always burn out and you’ll be ahead of the game with spares.

  5. Love this! I want to cover up the chrome in our master as well and this perfect. My question is more on the bulbs themselves. How well do they light? All we have for lighting in our bathroom is a four bulb vanity light fixture. I really like the look of the Edison bulbs but have been afraid to transition for fear of being left in the dark (which some mornings wouldn’t be a bad thing!). Thanks for the feedback.

    1. Hi Ann, thank you so much for coming by! The Edison lights I chose and link to in the post give great light for our bathroom. I was careful not to choose the “vintage” bulbs, as they have an amber look to them and I was afraid the light would be too yellow. These have clear glass and they are the only source of light in our bathroom also. Enjoy your Sunday!

  6. Love this idea! I too have a tacky fixture like this in my master bath. Ugh! I wanted to take it down and replace with 2 individual fixtures (one for each mirror) but was afraid of the what kind of hole we’d have to patch in the drywall. This might be a good fix, even temporarily, to save my sanity! So happy to have found your blog!

    1. Thank you so much Anna! It really makes such a huge difference, even if it’s just a temporary sanity saver! :) Good luck!

  7. Mine are brass and I love the easy change this gives. Did you put anything on top of the paint? I worry about it holding up being in a humid bathroom. How is yours? Also did you just do multiple coats until it was a fully covered/brush stroke free surface?

    1. Hi Leah. I just cleaned the fixture really well and painted 2 coats of oil based paint. It might need a third coat in a few spots. I didn’t put anything on top of the paint. It has held up really well. Thanks for visiting!

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