Save money on your new home remodel by updating light fixtures with paint instead of replacing them
With the current economic crisis striking millions of American homes nationwide, the last thing that many of us can afford to do is replace old light fixtures. I nstead of spending money on fixtures, you want to add as much as possible to the things that matter most when you remodel, such as furniture, paint, and accessories. Updating fixtures with paint instead of replacing them is a great way to save money on one project, so that you have more for others.
There are a few different reasons to paint light fixtures instead of replacing them. First, you may want a different look altogether. Second, you may want to update the look of the light fixtures using the same shades that already exist. Third, you might want to add a color splash or focal point to the room. These are all common reasons to choose paint over replacing.
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A different look is easy
To create a totally different look, you can choose to spray paint your light fixtures instead of replacing them altogether. It may seem like too simple of a change to make a big difference, but you would be surprised how much different it can appear with just a different shade of paint. It is quite literally like the difference between black and white, and you can really make a big impression with great light fixtures.
For a different look, choose a contrasting color, such as covering silver with black, or white with red. You want a big difference in the look, without causing the light fixtures to clash with the rest of your room. Spray paint is easy to find, comes in a rainbow of colors, is cheap, and the entire project will likely take only a few short hours from start to finish.
Sometimes simple is best
If you like the look that you already have, but the paint is chipped or the metallic finish lacks luster, you may want to consider keeping it simple. You can shine up a metallic finish with a great similar shade, and even add gloss for a great effect. Most spray paints are easy to match to common fixture shades, including the metallic looks.
Splashes of color and focal points are great touches in any room
With the same tricks as those used for a different look, you can turn your old outdated light fixtures into new focal points in your home. You can also use those light fixtures as a way to introduce a splash of color to offset a more neutral color palette. It is also a great way to add contrasting pops of color, such as warm to a cold palette or vice versa.
Keep safety a priority
It can be a dangerous job to spray paint light fixtures, especially if they are electrical light fixtures or hang far above the floor. Always use proper safety precautions to ensure that your project comes out just the way you want without putting yourself or anyone else in any danger. Wear safety goggles, spray paint outside when possible, and always have someone around to help you keep your balance when standing on a ladder. Turn off the circuit and remove electric light fixtures from the wall or ceiling before painting them.
With the current economic crisis striking millions of American homes nationwide, the last thing that many of us can afford to do is replace old light fixtures. Instead of spending money on fixtures, you want to add as much as possible to the things that matter most when you remodel, such as furniture, paint, and accessories
Professional designer Jessica Ackerman, writes for WallDecorandHomeAccents.com, and specializes in decorating with outdoor wall clocks and metal tree art.
By: Jessica Ackerman
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