Hello friends!! Let me tell you!…my master bath was in great need of a bathroom light fixture makeover.
Let me rephrase that.
My master bath is CURRENTLY in desperate need of an update OVERALL, but I decided to START with a bathroom light fixture makeover.. This all came about when I joined a room makeover challenge with some of our blogger friends. The challenge? Pick a room in your house and give it a makeover spending NO MORE THAN $100!!!!
So, given that our master bathroom has looked the exact same since our house was built in 2001, I thought, why not?
Here’s a couple of BEFORE pics. It’s a fairly small bathroom compared to the huge master baths people have these days. We chose the linen closet over double sinks.
Master Bath BEFORE
How do I makeover a Master Bath for $100?
Good question!!! Update: Once I started with the master bath, I realized what I REALLY wanted to do would take more than a $100, so I opted to do my powder room. But I am so proud of this light and will continue to work on this bathroom! I will, of course, update this post as I get things done!
- Update the Light Fixture (this post!)
- Paint the Vanity
- Frame the Mirror (Similar to my DIY bathroom Mirror Frame in the hall bathroom).
- Update/Replace the Towel Bar with a wall treatment similar to my entry way.
If I still have money left, I might…
- Build storage shelves and buy accessories (probably will need to hit some garage sales).
Bathroom Light Fixture Makeover –Materials
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- Small lamp shade frames -purchase for .75 ea. at a local thrift shop
- Goo Gone (to remove adhesive and clean up the frames. already had on hand)
- Black Spray Paint (already had on hand)
- Vintage Light Bulbs
I knew I had to think creatively in order to spend less, so I headed to the thrift stores to find something “metal-like” to replace the white bell shaped bulb covers. I wanted to find something a bit industrial/farmhouse. I was even thinking of making cages out of wire fencing. But then, I saw these little lamp shades for .75 cents a piece. I could feel the wire frame inside so I took a chance on them.
I stripped them down. Yes my friends, beauty is indeed, found within.
I was so happy they were almost exactly the same size as the existing light bulb covers.
I removed the middle piece by just twisting it off. Then I cleaned up the frames with Goo Gone to remove the adhesive.
I gave them 2 coats of black spray paint.
Painting the Light Fixture
I did not want to deal with taking the light fixture off the wall and all of the electrical blah blah blah it would entail. I talked to my sister Beverly (my personal DIY consultant and sister in sawdust) and she said “I spray painted mine while on the wall” Hmmm. OK. Sooooooo, I tried it.
Disclaimer: My bathroom has plenty of ventilation (2 windows). I also wore a mask and ran a fan while I was painting. It is also a good idea to turn off the breaker (I totally forgot to do this). Removing the fixture and spray painting outside is the best option if it doesn’t intimidate you.
Since I wanted to paint the whole thing black, I stuffed some newspaper inside the holes where the light bulbs go, to keep the spray paint out.
I was very careful as I sprayed. I did small sections at a time holding up a piece of cardboard close to where I was spraying. After a few minutes I was done!
I did have some spray paint “dust” in random places in the bathroom, but everything wiped right off. I just had to give the bathroom surfaces a good wiping after I was done.
Attaching the Cages
After I was finished painting, it was just a matter of putting the cages on, which thankfully rested perfectly on the fixture without any alterations. How lucky is THAT?. And of course these awesome Vintage Light Bulbs are the icing on the cage….(did you catch that??….)!
Here are some pictures of the finished product. Not a bad start on my $100 makeover right?. I can’t wait to do the rest!
I still haven’t decided what color to paint the wood vanity. If you have any ideas leave them in the comments! And be sure and pin this to share with the masses!
If you like renovating light fixtures be sure and check out Beverly’s Master Bedroom Chandelier Makeover. It is AWE-some!!!! I also made over my basement bathroom with a $100 budget. Come on in and check it it out!
Thanks for stopping by!