Spray Painted Bathroom Light

Hi everyone!  Are you coming down from the Olympic high yet?  So much fun competition this weekend!  Love it.  I was watching a marathon of the games yesterday while working on a few different projects and I have one to share with you today in our master bath.  The granite isn’t finished yet, but hopefully it will all be installed by the end of the week because we now have all of our parts.  Yahoo!  So remember, this picture I shared last week after staining our mirror frame:

Notice anything glaringly ugly {besides the ripped out backsplash…}?  Yeah, that ugly light fixture.  Kinda sticks out like a sore thumb.  Since a new light fixture wasn’t in the budget for this project, it was onto the next best thing.  Makeover!  The rusty color had to go.  I wanted to tie the light fixture into the new updates so I bought some Hammered Silver spray paint by Rust-oleum and went to town.  I sat the fixture outside on a drop cloth for my project area.

Then I taped it off with my new favorite Frog Tape.  As with most painting projects, the prep is the longest {and least fun} part, but ya have to do it.

Then I grabbed my paint and started spraying.

Once it was all dry {about an hour later} I brought it inside, inspected all angles to make sure I didn’t need any touch-ups and then started removing all that tape.

Looks wayyy better alright, right?  Then I had Mike reinstall it for me and that was it.  Super simple, but makes such a difference in the space.

I love how has the same muted, dull to the new hardware on the vanity.



spray painted bathroom light

I’m thinking about spraying our towel holders too.  The fun part is our faucets are an antique bronze so a different color metal {mixing metals is cool these days, ya know} but they both have the aged finish which ties them together.  Can’t wait to get this project done and enjoy it!

So what do you think? Upgrade from the before picture?  Have you spray painted light fixtures before?





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  1. Does the hammered metal look good in person?? I used the chrome to paint mine & it looks like a weird homemade spaceship kinda silver instead of shiny bright chrome…


    • Hi Anne!
      The hammered spray looks just like the top of the can. It’s not a super shiny metallic spray, more of a muted silver. We wanted it to look more antiqued to go with our pulls and knobs. I know Tracie at Beneath My Heart recently made over a claw foot tub and sprayed the legs and she did a comparison of a couple metaillic silvers if you want something more chrome-ish. I know, spray paint can be difficult!


  2. Wow! A little spray paint can make a world of difference! I have a feeling we’ll be using this method in our home to cover the brassy gold with a nice dark bronze. Thanks for sharing this tutorial and have a great weekend!

    P.S. I love your bathroom!

  3. I love spray paint! And this turned out great! I haven’t had much luck with the hammered textured spray paint but yours looks really nice.

    I would love it if you would share this at the Smart Solutions linky party. You can link up here:


    Have a great day!

  4. I’ve been looking forward to spraying my vanity lights for awhile, but now I am getting cold feet worrying about safety. The fixture gets a little warm to the touch….is it safe to paint? Do I need to use high heat paint? Thanks of any insight you can provide from your experience.

    • Hi Marcie!
      We haven’t had any issues with the paint I used and the fixture. It’s not on for hours at a time or anything, but does get warm to the touch. You could get a high heat paint if you are concerned, but we haven’t had any problems. Good luck!

  5. Hi!
    I got here from Pneumatic Addict. I love what you’ve done. Great job! I wonder if painting black rub and buff into the crevices of the light fixture would make it match more with the “tarnish” on the vanity hardware. Ive never tried it myself tho.

    Just a thought. Back to browsing your blog for more great ideas!


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