3.10.2014

Half-Bathroom Sconces -- a quick fix!


After a quick & impromptu project, we've decided not to replace our sconces, but to renew them!

I've received a lot of compliments on our $20 Home Depot sonces, and I really liked them too, but the original chrome finish just wasn't working in this new rustic setting. 

Enter: Rustoleum Aged Copper Spray Paint & a mini tutorial!


 Step One: Remove the fixture from the wall.
 Step Two: Lightly sand all exposed metal with a fine sanding block or sand paper. I used a 120 grit sanding block.
 Notice the scuffed up surface. This will allow the spray paint to adhere to the sconce.
 Step Three: Cover sockets with painters tape. Spray away, according to the instructions on your can of course!
 Step Four: Spray additional coats as you see fit. I only had to do two, about an hour apart. I let the sconces dry completely for 48 hours.
Step Five: Re-install your fixtures, step back, and enjoy the beautiful and cheap "new" lights!

This option is way more economical than the $100 I would have spent on new sconces. I've seen other bloggers who have sprayed door knobs with this same product, and they didn't have much luck with it staying, mainly because you're constantly touching knobs. I figure I will probably only have contact with these lights once every couple of years to change a bulb, because let's be honest - the first time I cleaned these was before I sprayed them... yep... that's 3 years of dust. ;)

Sconces Before:
 And after:

The bathroom is really starting to come together now!

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8 comments:

  1. LOVE these!! I can't wait to see the finished project, it's looking great =)

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    1. Thanks! I'm excited that they were essentially "free"!
      Slowly, but surely, the bathroom is coming along.

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  2. Love that you renewed them. I think they are pretty fabulous. Coming over from the party at TT&J.

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    1. Thank you Ashley! I'm pretty excited about how they turned out, too.

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  3. I'm in love with them! I haven't tried the aged copper spray paint, but it is definitely on my list now. So gorgeous!

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    1. Thanks so much. My bronze had clogged up and wasn't working, so when I went to buy a replacement, I decided to grab the aged copper instead. I'm glad I did! ;)

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  4. Love the new look! I will have to try the aged copper paint!

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  5. Those sconces are really cool! Such a fun retro vibe to them. So great you were able to salvage them!

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