How do you update an old light fixture?

When it comes to adding character and energy to your home, there is no better way than updating existing lighting fixtures. You can easily transform outdated light fixtures with a five-minute makeover.

There are many ways to update an old light fixture. The first type of update is to replace the light bulb with a new one or replace the faulty wiring so that it has a strong connection. Another type of update to consider is painting the fixture with chalkboard paint, and then you can use dry-erase markers on it to write what it is they are lighting up in their room.

Covering an old fixture with paper lanterns is another nice way of updating something—it gives the room a little more color and vibrancy than before. Finally, you could take an old piece of furniture like an ottoman and turn it into a reading lamp by adding lamps for both sides.

How to Update Old Light Fixture?

In this post, we’ll show you how to update an old fixture in easy steps (plus tips for making the process less daunting). We’ll also explore some of the most popular styles when it comes to updated lighting and shares images of three recent projects that we’ve completed. We hope these projects give you inspiration!

Spray Painting your Old Fixtures

When you want a quick and simple way to update your fixtures, spray painting is the answer. Spray paints are available in a wide array of colors, so you can transform any old fixture in less than five minutes. This is an easy update that will add a pop of color in addition to giving your space a fresh look.

If you are using spray paint to give an old fixture a fresh new look, be sure to wait until the paint is dry before hanging up the lights. It’s also important to avoid getting too close to the fixture while it’s still wet and uses an extension hose with the spray gun if necessary. Here are some steps that you need to follow to spray paint your old light fixtures:

Step 1: Remove Light Fixture

Before you start spraying, you’ll want to take your light fixture down and carefully put it aside. The spray paint could get on the fixture, but it’s best to avoid doing that until the very end of your project because even a small amount will affect the looks of the finished product.

Step 2: Prepare Your Fixture

When spray painting an old light fixture, you may need to do some preparation work first. This depends on what type of fixture you have and whether or not it’s made of metal or plastic. However, in most cases, your fixture should be clean and dry before you start painting.

Step 3: Seal the Surface

After you’ve removed the fixture, clean it with soap and water and allow it to dry. Once it’s dry, give it a coat of spray paint sealer. This will make the paint adhere better so that you don’t experience any chipping after drying.

Step 4: Read the Directions

When using spray paint, it is important to read the directions before doing anything else. These directions can help guide you through what to do during your project and how long to wait between coats of spray paint (and between allowing your fixtures to dry before hanging them up).

Step 5: Spray the Fixture

There are a variety of methods for spraying your fixture. These will depend on what you have and what kind of spray paint you’re using, but there are a few general steps you should follow. First, start at one end of the fixture and slowly and carefully cover the entire surface without getting any paint on anything else.

You may choose to turn your fixture upside down from time to time to spray it from all angles. You’ll also want to make sure that you don’t overheat the spray gun or let it get too close to your fixtures while they’re still wet, though.

Tips to Update Light Fixture

When painting metal light fixtures, be sure to clean and sand the fixture before spraying it. This will ensure that the paint sticks well to the surface. You can use a metal wire brush to help remove any rust or other corrosion before painting your light fixtures. Finally, you should also take a moment to give your fixture another coat of spray paint sealer after drying so that you don’t experience peeling with your finished product.

Painting wood light fixtures is easy with spray paint but can be more challenging than painting metal ones. One way to make this process easier for yourself is by priming your fixture first.

Updating your Light Fixture

While spray painting is a great way to update an old light fixture, you don’t want to miss out on the classic look of stained glass. Stained glass gives any space a warm and cozy feel that’s hard to achieve through other methods.

If you’ve always wanted stained glass but have been too intimidated to try it yourself, check out our easy instructions for making your own stained glass pendant light fixture. You can use these instructions to make any colored or shaped pendant light that you’d like! Crafting with stained glass isn’t as difficult as it seems. Each piece is fairly easy to make, but you’ll likely need help from an experienced crafter to guide you through the process.

When it comes to updating your old light fixture using stained glass, keep in mind that the more intricate your design, the more difficult it will be to achieve a finished product.

1. Simply replace the light bulb with an LED one that you can easily switch on and off (check out our guide for how to choose and install new LED light bulbs). This should be enough for most rooms.

2. If the wiring is still in place and not damaged or missing, remove it from the fixture if possible and then repair or replace it if necessary. The best way to approach this step is by using a wiring harness in place of your old one. This will make it easier to move your light without experiencing any damage to the wires.

3. If you are looking for a simple and quick update if your fixture has glass that can be removed without damaging it, use tint to make it go from clear glass to colored glass.

4. If you have an old chandelier that doesn’t match your current décor, consider painting it. You don’t have to paint every part of something like this; in fact, you may want different colors or even textures on different parts of the fixture.


If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to update your light fixture, consider painting it in your living room. Painting is an affordable way to get a fresh look in your home while giving a bit of flair to any space. In the past, spray painting was more difficult than it is now, but with the right supplies and easy-to-follow instructions, you can give any old fixture a new look that will have people coming back for more every time they see it!