DIY Light Fixture Makeover

Change the Look of a Light Fixture with Paint and Etched Glass

I will admit it… I am an addict. I’m not only addicted to DIY, home improvement, Rust-Oleum products, and PureBond plywood. No sirree. I am addicted to our local Habitat for Humanity ReStore!

DIY Light Fixture Makeover Photo

On my first trip there, I remember walking in the door and hearing the angels sing! OH. MY. GOSH!! It was like a DIYer’s toy store! They have everything – doors (sorted according to size and type), windows, lumber, hinges, handles, toilets, light fixtures, furniture, etc. It is fabulous!!

I have made tons of purchases there since and am on a first-name basis with the rock stars that work there. I am also excited about participating in ReStore & After, a local event benefiting Habitat for Humanity of Pulaski County (Arkansas) which auctions items donated to the ReStore that have been up-cycled by local artists. As I finish each project I have committed to donating, I will publish a full tutorial on each one so stay tuned!

So anyway, one of my fabulous ReStore projects is a light fixture makeover. This cute little fixture was very simple – brass with plain glass. It was a blank canvas practically begging to be made over. (Of course, I did not take a “before” photo of it fully assembled… Sorry!)

I started by disassembling the fixture. I removed the glass and taped off the sockets.

DIY Light Fixture Makeover take fixture apart

I used my favorite primer by Rust-Oleum, Rusty Metal Primer, and primed all of the metal parts. I then spray painted the fixture using Metallic Charcoal spray paint by Rust-Oleum, of course!

DIY Light Fixture Makeover spray with primer

While I waited for the spray paint to fully dry, I cut a stencil out of vinyl with my Silhouette Cameo. I applied the stencil in reverse on the back side of the glass, and used etching cream to etch the design. I chose the back side of the glass because it was totally flat where the “right” side had a bevel on the edge of the glass.

DIY Light Fixture Makeover stencils on the glass


Once I rinsed the etching cream off, I loved how it looked through the glass so I ended up using the “right” side anyway!

DIY Light Fixture Makeover stencil cream

I reassembled everything and covered the tubes used to hide the sockets with scrapbooking paper. I also added new (and much longer) wire and chain.

DIY Light Fixture Makeover cover socket tubes with paper

The newly refurbished light fixture was hung on a plant hook in the center of the dining room ceiling.

DIY Light Fixture Makeover hanging from ceiling

Needless to say, I’ve been back to my favorite store on earth (*heart*) and purchased a few more light fixtures that I will be making over in the coming months.

Do you have a ReStore in your area? Do you love it?

Have questions about the DIY light fixture makeover? Leave a comment below!

Sharing with The Real Thing with The Coake Family, All Things Pretty, My Romantic Home, Thirty Handmade Days, Common Ground, Jennifer Rizzo, Funky Junk Interiors


  • KC Coake says:

    We have a ReStore in our area, but I’ve never been. Sounds like if I want to keep my budget in tack, I had better stay away! Nice makeover of the lamp. Thanks so much for linking up at the Real Family Fun link party! Hope to see you next week.


  • Gail Wilson says:

    great makeover! I love painting brass. 🙂
    thanks for sharing at Catch as Catch Can

  • Christine says:

    I love My ReStore! I have gotten some wonderful light fixtures there also. I love yours it look wonderful….good job!

    • Thank you so much! I haven’t visited mine in a month – an eternity for me – but I knew I would find something else to add to my growing collection of projects! Thank you for stopping by!!

  • Yes we have a ReStore! It just moved over near our house as well. I am so excited to go check it out now!!! Your light looks absolutely amazing. Amazing. Love from SITS!!

    • Thank you so much! I am such a ReStore addict that I had to make myself stop until I get some of my other projects completed! Thank you for stopping by!

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