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Finish Flip Flop

July 1, 2010

The title of this post may suggest that I will be waxing poetic about summer footwear.  Not so.  I am actually talking about my mission to transform all silver-toned fixtures in my home into oil rubbed bronze masterpieces – aka flip flopping finishes.  

Our builder grade home was blessed with two of these beauties when we moved in.  


They aren’t terrible.  In fact, I am really grateful that they aren’t the dreaded “boob” lights (illustrated below) featured in the rest of our home.  

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While not terrible, the finish on the fixtures really wasn’t what I wanted; I longed for my beloved oil rubbed bronze.  So, I started shopping.  I quickly discovered that most ceiling mounted lights available today are A) expensive, B) not oil rubbed bronze or C) the afore-mentioned “boob” lights.  I decided that I was going to have to live with the light fixtures I didn’t mind but find a way to update them.  Enter my friend, spray paint.  

Because the glass on the light fixtures was easy to remove, I would be able to spray paint the silver band without any taping.  This was a big plus in my book.  


While the fixtures hang on the ceiling and are rarely touched, I decided to ere on the side of caution and prime the fixtures.  I used Valspar Spray Primer.  After allowing that to dry for an hour, I applied Rust-Oluem Metallic Dark Bronze and allowed the fixture to dry over night.  

Here is the result after darling hubby reinstalled the light.  


I really love the results.  Overall, I would say I saved at least $75 on both fixtures over buying new ones.  Not too shabby!  

~  Anne

5 Comments leave one →
  1. steven permalink
    July 1, 2010 9:48 am

    As always well done and done on the cheap!

  2. Linda permalink
    July 1, 2010 9:57 am

    You didn’t get your inventiveness from me! Great job.

  3. Keryl permalink
    July 1, 2010 1:03 pm

    You’re just so good at finding creative, inexpensive fixes for things! I’m telling you to make this talent into a side business. People who aren’t nearly as creative (or who don’t have a lot of time on their hands) would pay good money for some of your fixes.

  4. Mike permalink
    July 1, 2010 4:15 pm

    Agree with Keryl

  5. Lily permalink
    July 1, 2010 7:49 pm

    Great job! I really love the look

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