Micro-projects for the office #1: Ceiling Light Fixture

In my five-cent tour of my new office, I promised that there were some smaller projects in the works. The first on my list is the lighting. My newly fabulous office deserves more fabulous lighting, dontcha think?

I trolled my favorite thrift store, The Goodwill outlet, for a new-to-me fixture. I didn’t have to troll for long because thrift stores are rife with discarded fixtures. I specifically wanted a chandelier-type pendant light.  While visiting my other favorite store, Habitat For Humanity Restore, I saw what a little spray paint can do for a tired old chandelier, and that inspired this project.

Seriously, support your local Habitat For Humanity Re-Stores and Thrift Stores!

*No, I’m not being paid for this, but should the people in charge of such decisions be listening, I’m down with getting paid!*
I’m such a fan of re-use that these stores are my first stops when I need something. Anyway, within 30 minutes of searching the piles at the Goodwill Outlet, I found this ‘80s relic.


I’m a child of the 80’s, so naturally I’m a fan of the music, but not the décor or fashion. (Seriously, why are 80’s fashions even allowed to re-visit the light day??)

Anyway, I left the store minus $2.37 (yes!) excited to start my project. I already had everything I needed on hand, so all I had to do was get started

First, I cleaned it up thoroughly, took apart some components, taped up the innards, then primed with a spray primer:


I decided to to leave outthe round ring thingy, which I suspect may be meant to hold a lampshade.

Then came the topcoat. I went with the Krylon Brushed Metallic Nickel in Satin:


I know, right?

Here it is, hung up with a little bit of tricking up (you may recognize the beads from my birthday party décor):


The breakdown:

Light Fixture: $2.37 from Goodwill outlet
Primer: already on hand, approx $3
Paint: already on hand, approx $3


Go forth and fab up a something that time forgot, y’all, you’ll be so glad you did!

2 comments Add yours
  1. You were reading my mind! As soon as I saw the first refinished shot, I had to do a double take. I really love that paint finish. Definitely ’80s no more. Got any suggestions for redoing ceiling fans?

  2. Thanks Libby! For the ceiling fan, I’d say go for it with painting the ceiling fan. I would take off the paddles and tape up any parts you don’t want painted. The good thing with a fan is that it will never get touched, so there’s less chance of scratching it up. I’d love to see a bold red or orange. It’s reason enough to get a ceiling fan since I have none in my house, tehehe

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