Ceiling lighting, the thing that can make or break a room, and a bank account if I am honest. I have been on a hunt for too long for a dining room ceiling light, either it was not the right fit or it would have been a choice between a light or my kid's college fund, I decided to create my own with this simple ceiling light makeover.
DIY Ceiling Light Makeover: From Tuscan Style to Coastal
The dessert will still taste good without a cherry, but seeing that cherry on top does make the dessert more enjoyable. Any light will work for a room, finding the right one is where the challenge is. Cost aside, I like a challenge of spending the least and getting the biggest results from my cheapo way. Anyone can go buy a shiny and new professionally designed light right on trend with now. I want one that is old, thrown out, and given up on. Let me have it! I also never knew really what I wanted, something that hung down, not gold, and… and…. not sure. But I knew I had not seen it yet, upping the stakes of this ceiling light makeover challenge. Here is what it looked like before.
Wonderful builders grade flash from the 1999 past.
And this beauty is its replacement.
Bear with me, I can see the potential. The glass shades were already taken off when this picture was taken. But I did not change anything about them, other than cleaning them up.
It is huge and heavy, and very Tuscan like. My husband did not get “it” he gave me this look that said “You are disappointing me. I had hope and faith in your decor, and this is what you want?”. It was not what I go for at all. Nothing wrong with Tuscan, just not right for my Country/coastal style home. But it was $4.99. I figured that and a can of spray paint would not be too bad if I hated it. It would still be an improvement from what is there now.
Yep, can't be worse than this.
So, how did I make this all come together? Painting. Now usually I would recommend to sand anything when painting it. But with it being up on a ceiling I am assuming that there will be no scrapes, scratches or even touching of the light. So the paint that goes on will stay on. I was also on a sanding hiatus. No sanding! And it turned out great. I used a Rust-Oleum sage green.
So, not much prep was needed. I did remove the glass domes of the shades before painting. And then using tape to protect the light socket. Where the bulb is screwed into the light. If paint gets inside there it might not work with the bulb not being screwed in all the way. Resulting in scraping, which is like sanding. And that is a no go!
I spray painted two coats of the spray paint. And then still needed to do a few touch ups when I thought I was all done. There was a lot of spots that were hidden when it was laid down on the floor. But once picked up there was still some Tuscan on here.
Once the old light was out, it was time to bring in the new light, reattach the wires to the new ceiling light. Screwing in one and then into the next. It is really simple. I am a baby with electrical, I always assume it is dangerous and will result in electrocution. But my husband Dale was all “whatevs, I got this”. And he did. We chose to use a LED bulb in each of the 5 lights, we are slowly updating all of our bulbs in the house to this. They are pricier than others, but worth it for energy savings, longevity, and they don't get hot. Which is great for this over worrying Mama.
This bulb was $10.75 for one bulb, and we needed 5. But to me, it was worth it. Once those were screwed in and the glass was re-attached it was done.
Can I just say, I was right on this being a light that would work for our dining room. My ceiling light makeover matched almost perfectly with the hutch in our dining room.
Just some close-up details of the light. It is so heavy and beautiful with its twisted details.
So I achieved my goal and found a ceiling light I love with this ceiling light makeover. My kid's college fund is untouched, and I met and exceeded my challenge of little to no cost. This is a great example of how seeing something with good bones is more important. It is not much of home decor that can not be changed with a new coat of paint. Paint can fix anything, including this former Tuscan style light which now sits nicely in my coastal and country style kitchen.
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