DIY Light Fixture Makeover

DIY Light Fixture Makeover

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!

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My first trip there was about two months ago when Matt and I first started working on the Rebel house. 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 for the Rebel house. 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. 

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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!

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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.

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

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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.

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It was a surprise for Matt and he really likes it! We haven’t been able to hook it up yet because we still have to paint the ceiling but it did hang it in place on a plant hook.

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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?

#DIY #woodworking #build

* This is not a sponsored post of any kind – I am not being compensated by Rust-Oleum, Silhouette, PureBond, or the ReStore for that matter, although they did ask me to mention them on my site when I showed them this fixture! It was the least I could do! *

Sharing with The Real Thing with The Coake Family, All Things Pretty, My Repurposed Life, My Romantic Home, French Country Cottage, 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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