So I’m surprisingly moving along pretty well with my house list goals for the year. I’ve checked the entry foyer off the list, I’ve got a plan in place for the master bedroom and I’m starting to get a plan in motion for my girl’s room; so of course I’ve decided to go ahead and tackle the powder bathroom. It’s a pretty small space, and it’s need of a little personality. I shared the inspiration for the space a few weeks ago. Over the weekend I tackled an idea I’ve had in my head for awhile. I’ve long loved the look of schoolhouse style light fixtures, and I thought with a little spray paint I just might be able to create that look using the fixture we already had in the space.
(This light fixture had two frosted glass shades that I removed before snapping the above picture.)
The light fixture in this bathroom wasn’t bad at all; it just wasn’t exactly my style. Though the thought of replacing it seemed silly since I did like the size and the overall shape but just wasn’t crazy about the brushed nickel finish. To give it more of that classic schoolhouse style I picked up two white, bell-shaped glass replacement shades and some gloss black spray paint (Rustoleum brand is my favorite) at Lowe’s. I already had painter’s tape (really love that 3M Safe Release tape I used to make the striped wall vases in the entry). I measured and marked with a dry erase marker where I wanted to tape off the stripes. The trick is to press the tape down firmly around the edges and spray multiple really light coats.
Then you want to remove the tape before the paint is totally dry so that if there is any leakage you can easily scrape it off with a fingernail. This project will probably end up ruining your manicure. #worthit
The stripes aren’t totally “perfect” but that just gives these shades character right? 😉 It definitely gave this standard builder grade fixture some of that classic schoolhouse style I love so much and for very little money or time spent so I’m calling this project a win.
Now to finish up with the rest of this bathroom makeover.
I’m hoping to share more progress very soon!