|Final Product in all it's Satin Nickel glory.|
|Here's what I started with - ugly bronze. Yuck.|
Since my ceiling fans are high and won't be touched, I chose to go the even easier route which cut out the sanding step. Sanding helps remove the finish on the existing fixtures and allows the spray paint to adhere better. I did a test on a spare fixture with the same ugly bronze finish and loved how it turned out--so I went for it!!
What you need:
- Tools. You'll probably only need a screw driver though.
- Newspaper or something to layout your pieces
- Painters tape
- Spray Paint of choice: I used Krylon Satin Nickel
- Optional: Sand paper
What you do:
- Flip your breaker!!! EMPHASIZE---Electrical shock is no laughing matter.
- Remove your fixtures. If you're doing a ceiling fan, I recommend an extra set of hands. (Thank you to my awesome fiance!!) You might not need it for a simple light fixture though. Note: this was the hardest part for us. My ceiling fans were a bit complicated to get down. Still worth it!
- Optional Step: Lightly sand your pieces.
- Layout your pieces leaving enough room around them to access all sides.
- Tape any electrical components, motors, etc. Paint on those guys = bad.
- Spray!!! Tip: it is 300% better to do many light coats than a few heavy coats. You will regret it. I promise. Follow the directions on the can and do short bursts keeping your hand moving. Think a "swoosh...swoosh" type of movement. Go ahead and make the sound if it helps...I did :)
- Let dry. I let them sit for an hour between coats in my garage, which was about 60 degrees that day.
- Re-assemble your fixture and put it back up!!
|2 Ceiling Fans = Lots of Space|
|Scrap wood makes a great lift.|
|More scrap wood assistance|
Do as many coats as you feel is necessary (I think I did 4 coats). Keep your hands off them...fingerprints suck. If you need to flip them over to do the other side, make sure you let it dry extra long before you do!!!
I highly recommend doing a test piece on something (maybe a spare fixture or piece of it). Not all spray paints are created equal. Satin Nickel in one brand can look completely different in another brand. I'm a big supporter of TEST first!
That's it kids!!! If you want, you can add a coat of spray poly. Like I said, my fixtures weren't going to be touched much if ever, so I skipped this step. I didn't need the extra touch protection. Warning: the poly will make it shiny.
Sit back and enjoy your updated fixtures!!
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