How to update your old light fittings at a minimal cost
We have a lot of wall-mounted lamps in our home, and while the fittings are alright for most, the 1970’s yellow/pink lamp shades were not pretty. We have a cool colour scheme in our house and the brass fittings did not work with our decor. I decided to update the existing rather than buy new ones. I did not find new light fittings I liked the style or price of so a DIY light update was in order.
These before’s are in our master bedroom. We had the double fitting and then two single fittings above the bed. We removed the ones above the bed and moved them to our family room. The light fittings in the family room were beyond saving.
- Spray paint Primer in grey
- Spray paint in Cast Iron and Silver (I had them in my stock)
- Newspaper and painters tape
- New glass lamp shades – I found them at a thrift store for a reasonable price.
I loved the shape of the wood and metal arms but removed the glass shades completely. Next, I covered the wood and electrical components with newspaper and painters tape. Cleaned the metal arm properly and sprayed one light coat of primer. Let it dry completely and then sprayed it with two light coats of the cast
I love the geometric pattern on the lamp shades that add a bit of mid-century modern to the room which I love. I was so lucky to find two matching
I could not find matching shades for the other two fittings, but it does not bother me too much. They hang on opposite walls, so you never look at both at the same time. But I am keeping my eyes open to see if I can find something to match either one.
When we installed these, I realised that the darker cast iron colour looks better, and I plan to re-spray them. Do you like the cast iron or silver better?
To save this post for future, please pin it here:
Goodbye for now!