Updating Fixtures with Spray Paint

Some of the fixtures in my house are a little outdated.  As much as I’d love to replace all of them, that’s a lot of money, and a lot of installation work.  I’ve discovered another way to update my fixtures, and I couldn’t be happier with the results. All you need is a little bit of spray paint!

fixtures.jpg2Someone introduced me to the best thing ever for an easy home update.  It’s Oil Rubbed Bronze Spray Paint by Rust-Oleum.  It’s primer + paint all-in-one, and has a beautiful satin finish.  It’s super easy to work with (well, as spray paints go… they can be messy in general.  More on that in a minute.)


Because it is a primer and paint all-in-one, you don’t have to prep your surface.  Just point and spray.  First, of course, you need to either tape and tarp around the fixture to catch the overspray, or remove the fixture altogether, and paint it inside of a box outside.

I opted NOT to remove my fixtures, but rather just tape and tarp the area around them.  It was going to be too big a deal to remove them and put them back on without possibly damaging something.

Here are a few “after” pictures of the bathroom fixtures that I spray painted.  All chrome/silver to begin with. After awhile my confidence grew and I even spray painted my banana stand in the kitchen and a soap dispenser! (not pictured)




So now, of course, everywhere I look I see possibilities to use more of this awesome paint!  So I painted my outside porch light.  It was an outdated light brick color, and I was tired of it.

I tarped and taped and painted it!  This project required a LOT of plastic covering, because we recently got a new front door and I couldn’t risk any overspray landing on it.  I covered my entire door with plastic and the ground, the brick around the fixture… it took a long time.

lantern before

taping lantern


IMG_1502Much better, right?  I’m pretty happy with it.  A new porch light would have cost 6 times the price of the spray paint.

The top piece of the porch light can be removed easily (to replace the light bulb) so I placed that piece inside of a cardboard box and sprayed it outside.  I was able to get a better 360 degree spray on it.  Just a bit of advice.  This is also how I sprayed the banana stand and soap dispenser. Anything small is best done inside of a box to catch some of the mess.IMG_1503

So what do you think?  Are you inspired to spray something??


An easy DIY update that makes your house look like new! Update the fixtures with spray paint!

March 1, 2016
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  • Reply Gloria

    Love this idea! I’m doing this to my outdated bath fixtures. Thanks for the great idea!!

    April 2, 2016 at 8:55 am
    • Reply Shannon

      Great idea! I can’t wait to see the transformation 🙂

      April 2, 2016 at 8:50 pm

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