Spray Painting Fixtures and a Bathroom Makeover

Right off the guest bedroom at River Ranch is the bathroom. It’s small but there’s enough room in there for a shower/tub combo, vanity with sink, mirror, toilet and a towel bar. Here’s a look at the bathroom when the owners bought the house…

As with the bedroom and the rest of the house, we changed out the floors and left the wallpaper. The vanity and sink were in good shape so we left those in tact too. But the homeowners wanted to give a fresh look to the bathroom mirror and light fixture.


The trim around the mirror was framed with sort of a white washed wood look and accented with a gold stripe.


I painted the frame using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Country Grey to have a slight variation in color from the white background of the wallpaper.


Once the frame of the mirror was finished, I used one coat of clear furniture paste wax followed by a coat of antique wax and a third coat of clear furniture paste wax and antique wax mixed. You need to wait at least 24 hours between each coat of wax as the wax needs plenty of time to harden and seal.


After the coats of wax were dried, we decided to address the light fixture. The homeowner wanted to keep the streamlined look of the vanity lights but she didn’t particularly like the gold color or the bulbs. So, she asked me to spray paint the base of the fixture. I know. I’ve never spray painted anything indoors in my life.


We added garbage bags, newspaper, drop cloths and everything else we could think of to protect the rest of the bathroom. Since the mirror was painted in Country Grey, I found a similar spray paint color by Rust Oleum called Putty to paint the base so the colors would complement each other without being an exact match.


As with any project you need to use caution, care and common sense. You need to make sure you have plenty ventilation and have everything including your eyes, face and body well protected from the spray paint and paint fumes.

You also need to make sure you have completely covered any electrical outlets/sockets/openings in the light fixture so the spray paint doesn’t get in there. This is very important. Do not skip this step.


It took two coats of spray paint with adequate drying time in between but it gave the fixture a fresh feel.


We replaced the vanity lights with these crystal lights we bought at Lowes and it made a huge difference.


We kept the same coastal inspired palate of whites, blues and pops of yellow.


We replaced the straight curtain rod with an arched one to allow more room while in the shower and added a gauzy white shower curtain with these sweet pleats.


We also added various shades of blue paper towels to the basket, the towel rack and


the rug to finish out the bathroom makeover.


The homeowners are so excited about the way this budget friendly space came together. Just a reminder, before…

and after…


We’re definitely making great progress on this project. See you guys back here tomorrow. We’re participating in the One Room Challenge for the first time and I’ll share the plan tomorrow.

Many blessings,


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    1. I appreciate it, Nancy, thank you so much! Hugs, CoCo

  1. Pretty, Coco! Love the blue and white accents. I just painted our bathroom light fixture by brushing on metallic paint while it was still on the wall, can’t imagine spraying! 🙂

    1. ha ha now imagine your client in the room watching you…that was me spray painting this fixture! My palms were SO sweaty 🙂 Hugs, CoCo

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