Small Changes

Most all of our light fixtures are the oil bronze color, which has been in style for the last few years. While I do think it is pretty, I prefer a lighter, more cottage-y look. 


Existing curtain rods and dining room light fixture in oiled bronze


While I was painting the living/dining/entry walls, I gave the oil bronze curtain rods the spray paint treatment and it made such a difference! I like to use Rustoleum paint from Home Depot. They have the best selection of colors of anywhere that I have found.
Spray painted curtain rods – Antique white Rustoleum
Our living room does not have a ceiling light but there is a gorgeous light fixture in the dining area. I’d like to paint it but that’s a project for another day.

I thought an easy update would be to just remove the glass shades, but that didn’t work. The glare from the bare bulbs was horrible. And they didn’t look anything like candles like I had hoped they would.
When I came across this picture on Pinterest I fell in love with the green lamp shades and knew what I needed to do!
I was unable to find the original owner of this photograph. If you know it, please let me know so I can give credit!



I searched online for colorful lampshades but found out they were out of my budget. So when I found some similar shades in beige, I decided to get them and paint them. Here are some similar ones at Home Depot.

I already had some green paint so I watered it down very thin and lightly painted the fabric. 

Not as bright as the inspiration but not bad!

I thought I might add some beads or fringe at a later date, but I was too excited to wait. The paint was very thin and dried almost instantly, so I quickly put them on to see what they looked like.

I had a big smile on my face as I placed them onto the bulbs one by one. 

And that shadow casting on the ceiling! *swoon*

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  1. Lisa says:

    I love it! We have an old light fixture in our dining room. I like the shade but the fixture itself is scratched up old brass and it really needs painting. I think I am going to paint it red at some point. But Hunter is afraid that is some sort of safety hazard and keeps telling me not to try and take the light down!

  2. Nikki G says:

    I have replaced a light fixture before at my old house. I just turned it on and went and flipped breakers until I found it and left that breaker off. But like you, I have fuses at this house. You can do the same thing, but its a little bit more of a pain.
    Also, when I was researching "spray painting a ceiling fan", to my surprise, MANY people did NOT remove it! They taped up newspaper on the ceiling around it and at the far edges left paper to hang down to catch overspray! And of course I am sure they covered the floor or whatever furniture was down there. I was amazed. I was going to try it but then decided I didn't really need to spray paint the whole thing. Soooooo you could try painting it without removing it! 🙂

  3. Deanies Stash says:

    Nikki, I love the painted shades! The light looks fabulous now! I have painted lampshades in the past and always had good luck. Sometimes I just spray paint them! Have a great week!

    xo Dianne

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