We recently had the exterior of our house re-painted, and it turned out lovely. But it meant that the 25-year old light fixtures looked that much more blech. Thanks to our kitchen remodel, the house budget is a bit strapped, so I needed a creative solution to spruce up the old lights.
Thanks to some inspiration from an HGTV show, I decided to try painting them black. I bought some high-gloss paint for metal at Lowe's, and my light fixtures went from this:
(And yes, I've tried cleaning that glass. Tried and tried and tried. Unfortunately that's 25 years' worth of dirt and bug juice, and it's not going anywhere. I've decided to pretend that it's frosted glass.)
I painted all four exterior light fixtures this way, and it looked so nice that I had to keep going. I painted our glass door next. Here's an old picture for the "before":
...and here's the "after":
Spurred on by the cheap creativity (and perhaps the paint fumes?) I became obsessed: what else can I paint black? I went on to do our decorative lamp pole, mailbox and street number. They all look great. As I continued to look frantically for something else to paint black, Hubs stepped in and took the paint away, afraid I might do one of the children next (they do need a little sprucing up...)
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