DIY Vintage Light Fixture

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Vintage is so modern!

I know it’s an oxymoron in itself, but it’s true.

…and I for one LOVE vintage!

That is probably why this light fixture makeover is my favorite project in the stairway so far.

I originally saw the idea at a restaurant this summer, and thought it was an inexpensive fix for the right fixture that had a decent base, but a dated shade.

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I wish I would have remembered to get a before picture, but I snagged this one off ebay so you could get the idea.

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There are three steps to this makeover:

1. Remove the shade

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2. Paint the white part of the fixture base gold.

(I used tempera paint from Walmart.)

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3. Add a frame.

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There are only three frames on this wall, but as you turn with the stairs, there are around 15 others.

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There are two of these light fixtures in the stairway.

They actually rotate, so you could point them at art on the wall if you wanted.

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These vintage bulbs are not cheap, but I do love the way they look. I guess they aren’t a bad price for a fixture update. We’ll see how many hours they last!

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I know this wouldn’t work for every light fixture, but if you’re just needing a shade update or you want a more vintage look, this might be something to try!

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Comments

  1. Those are awesome! and yes vintage is so modern. I love this whole makeover you did. So many great ideas packed in. We’re still planning to come over for Farm Chicks so we will have to meet up.

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