Outdoor Lights – DIY Makeover

May 19, 2011 by  

Low Cost Makeover

Our outdoor house lights were in need of a replacement or makeover real bad. They looked terrible. The brass on the light fixtures was all wearing off.  I actually thought one of the lights had caught on fire at some point because it was so black looking.

Enter the terrible house lights.  Two of the four. These two were by the garage, and there are two more by the front door.

outdoor lightsWe went to Home Depot to look for new lights. Hubby picked out some gosh awful ugly ones that were only $30 for two. (No wonder they were so cheap, no one liked them).  Of course the ones I liked were all over $50 a piece. We certainly weren’t in the mood to spend over $200 on the outdoor lights.

outdoor lights

So I thought, if I am redoing other items in the house with spray paint, why can’t I redo these lights too? So Dave took them all down for me and I disassemble them.

outdoor lights

I first used primer and primed everything.

valspar primerI gave them 2 coats each.

spray primer

Dave wanted me to get the spray paint that gave the stone appearance.  Why not?

valspar stone spray paintIt was so strange going on. I felt like I was spraying a thick sand on the lights.  This was the first coat.

stone spray paintI painted all the little screws that would show and the backs etc.

Notice this picture?  It was one of the ones in the guessing game post.

outdoor lights

outdoor light framesThe pieces of glass were so dirty.

outdoor lightsEach light had five panels of glass.  I used ammonia and water to clean them.

outdoor lights
I sprayed on two coats.

outdoor lightsPutting these suckers back together was not real easy.  I’m sure there was probably an easier way, but I didn’t know of it. I used two of the triplets to hold and the third to grab the pieces.

outdoor lights

Each one was a little easier than the first though.

I then used a Stone Sealer spray that was recommended.

valspar stone clear sealerHere is the finished products.

outdoor lightI think it came out great.  I never minded the shape of the light, just the worn off brass finish.

outdoor lightsNow to get them hung back up.

outdoor lightsI was a little concerned because up close it didn’t really seem to match that great. But from a distance it blends in just fine.

I was really happy how they turned out.  Instead of spending $75 on lights that I thought were really ugly, or spending well over $200 on lights that I liked – we spend about $24  (the primer, paint and sealer were all around $8 each)

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9 Responses to “Outdoor Lights – DIY Makeover”
  1. Roberta says:

    Very nice ;) I was a little close with my guess for “lamp shades”…lol
    Don’t you just love it when you try something and works!!! You go girl ;)

  2. Sandy says:

    lol.. I know! I would have had no idea at all if I hadn’t done the project myself.

  3. Betsy says:

    Live in Central Ohio and have the exact same lights! Like yours, ours are looking pretty bad. Thanks for the tutorial. To spray them is way cheaper than replacing them!

  4. kathy pease says:

    WOW Y ou did an awesome job Sandy they really look great :)

  5. Sandy says:

    Great! Yes.. much nicer than buying new.

  6. I love it when a can of spray paint can makeover an old object! I am in love with spray paint. hehe I’ve done baskets, lamps, and candle holders, as well as a mirror frame, a chair, and some bookcases. :)

  7. Sandy says:

    I’ve known it for a long time, I just haven’t utilized the knowledge like most of you guys have! lol I just don’t like the sanding part!

  8. Lindy F says:

    Sandy!! We have the same lights!!! And spray painting them is on my to do list. Great to see how you did it here, now I know they will turn out! :-)

  9. Sandy says:

    Oh fun.. let me know when yours are done, so I can see them.

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