After 3 years of living in our home, I feel like we’re finally in a stage where the house is looking better instead of worse. The recent updates that I’ve made to the curb appeal are definitely part of that! When I painted the door, it made everything else on the front porch look shabby, especially our old light fixture. Today, I’m sharing how to make a DIY exterior farmhouse light.
My old light was so bad. The scale was off. Plus, it had a weird faux finish on it. I’m not sure what the previous owners were going for, but painting the fixtures gray just made them look bad. I also hated how hard it was to change the light bulb.
Have I mentioned that my curb appeal updates needed to happen on a budget? When you have 10 other light fixtures that also need to be changed, it doesn’t make sense to splurge. Surely, I could get the look for less.
For about half a second, I really did consider splurging on the light fixture that I really wanted. However, I realized that the light I really wanted was pretty simple. Thank goodness for spray paint! This is one of those really simple DIY’s that make a huge difference. I got the look I wanted for 1/3 of the price.
How to Make a DIY Exterior Farmhouse Light
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- Start with an inexpensive farmhouse style lamp that you like. Look for a good shape. The finish will be changed.
- Take the light apart if it has separate pieces. Mine had 3 pieces: the body, the shade and the cap.
- Tape off the socket with tape. You don’t want spray paint to get into the electrical components.
- Spray paint the inside of the shade white. In addition to looking cute, it adds a reflective quality and makes the light a bit brighter!
- When the inside is dry, flip it over and paint the outside a nice glossy color. I chose black because it goes well with my house. When spraying, be careful not to get paint on the wires. I placed my light wire side down.
- When the light is dry, it’s ready to be installed.
Doesn’t my farmhouse light look pretty with the shiny black shutters?
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