Refinish Outdoor Light Fixtures

Refinished Light Fixtures Before and After

Our outdoor light fixtures were ugly and rusted when we bought our house 2 1/2 years ago, so now they are REALLY rusted and ugly. It bothered me each time I drove into the garage (about 5 times a day), so this weekend I decided to do something about it! I did some research and found a great how-to Refinish Outdoor Light Fixtures. I was confident that no matter how this project turned out, it would be an improvement, so I bought my paint and didn’t look back. It was an easy weekend project and makes the exterior of our home look new! 

As I was browsing online, I found this refinishing idea from Her before and after pictures were amazing, and since I LOVE to paint, I decided to go for it! When I told Mr. Saver it was only going to cost me $31.00 to refinish the fixtures, instead of the $150.00+ to replace them, he was totally on board too!

So here’s the step-by-step to remove rust and Refinish Outdoor Light Fixtures the frugal way!

Step 1: Gather Supplies

  • SOS Pads: $1.88
  • Benjamin Moore Molten Metallics paint (I used Bronze, but they also have Silver and other colors): $22.99/Quart
  • Paint Thinner (since you’re working with an oil based paint): $5.97
  • Cheap Paint Brush: $1.00

Light Fixture Supplies

Step 2: Be Amazed at Savings!

  • Project Total: $31.84 – VS. – Buying new outdoor light fixtures: $150.00+

Step 3: Clean Fixtures with SOS Pads, warm water, and paper towels

Light Fixtures Before and After Cleaning

Step 4: Tape Around Fixtures & Remove Glass (if possible)

  • I used regular masking tape
  • I chose to remove the glass so I could paint easier without accidentally painting on my glass. Plus, I can clean them while I have them out.

Tape Light Fixtures

Step 5: Paint

  • Paint thin coats (I did one coat, but you may decide on 2). You can literally see the cracked metal effect occur as it dries!
  • Don’t paint in the rain…um, not like I did this or anything… (I checked radar and no rain. Started painting and then it rained on me. The neighbors thought I was a goofball, I’m sure).
  • I’d never used oil based paint before, so I was kind of nervous. It dried much faster than I expected. It was very easy to clean my paint brush with the paint thinner…um, since I kind of had to stop painting mid-project because of rain…

Refinished light fixture

Step 6: Admire Your New Fixtures

  • Bask in the Glory of Knowing You Just Saved about $120.00!!

Total Time: 2-3 Hours 

Mrs. Saver Signature


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  1. says

    I never even knew these outdoor metallics existed! I may have to do some refinishing of out own. :) The finished project looks great!

    • Mrs. Saver says

      We didn’t either until we read about it. This saved us from having to buy new fixtures. Thanks for stopping by!


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