Circle Diamond Pattern Light Fixture – Updating a Brass Light Fixture

I have been dying to share this tutorial with you! This project was inexpensive and it made such a big impact in our mudroom. It started with a few Habitat ReStore light fixtures and some NEW! Martha Stewart glass paint and ended up adding some major “WOW Factor” to our entry.

You know when an unfortunate incident turns into a happy accident?

Exhibit A: Stained Ceiling

Like when it rains really hard and your roof leaks over your mudroom and it means that you suddenly have to bump up scraping and painting that ceiling to the top of your to do list?

Exhibit B: Boobish Light Fixtures

And, because you have to take the ugly light fixtures (that look like nippleless boobs) down, you might as well put something pretty back up. Yes, well that’s where I found myself several weeks ago. Let’s call it making lemonade with a heaping serving of lemons.

Exhibit C: Two Lemons (Habitat ReStore Brass Light Fixtures)

I purchased these two light fixtures at our local ReStore at the beginning of the year. One was $5 and the other was marked down to $3. They had great shape, but the unfortunate luck to have a starburst on the glass and a brassy color.

At first I thought I’d have to get new glass cut for the lanterns, but by accident I scratched one of the bursts off with my fingernail.

Dismantle Light Fixtures:

I immediately dismantled the light fixtures.

After soaking the panes of glass in hot soapy water for 3o minutes, the starburst decals simply flaked off. Any residual decal came off with a little scrubbing. Then I laid them on a clean towel to dry.

 

Spray Painting Light Fixture:

While the glass was drying I took apart the rest of the light fixture; removed the light bulbs and sleeves and covered the sockets with tape. A quick wiping with a clean rag and the fixture was ready for some spray primer and oil rubbed bronze spray paint. (Follow this tutorial for more details on spray painting light fixtures.)

Create Silk Screen Stencil:

Instead of watching paint dry (who has time for that?!) I began drawing out my pattern for the glass panes. I knew exactly the pattern I wanted to use. I drew up this moorish circle diamond pattern in Adobe Illustrator. (Feel free to download the pdf file for your personal use.)

I printed the pattern out on my laser printer, and filled in any white spots with a black pen.

Then I used the print out to burn a silk screen stencil using a Plaid Simply Screen Silk Screen Kit.

To create your own screens, follow this video tutorial for creating your own silk screen patterns. If you don’t have the silk screen kit, Martha Stewart crafts has a plethora of really stylish glass paint screen stencils to choose from!

Once the stencil was completed, it was time to get down to the fun part of this craft.

Screen Printing Martha Stewart Glass Paint:

Plaid’s Martha Stewart Crafts just introduced five different types of glass paint, stencils and tools for painting on glass surfaces. If you’ve ever tried to paint on glass, you know that not just any paint will work. These new paints are easy to work with and after cured will last a long time.

Materials:

Instructions:

Sandwich the glass pane between two scraps of glass the same thickness as your pane.

Center the screen on the glass panel and tape the edges to the scrap glass.

Squeeze a line of glass paint onto the top of the screen. Gently and firmly pull the squeegee down over the entire screen. Pull from different directions to get full paint coverage. This video on on the Plaid Online site really helped show me the technique for spreading the glass paint with the squeegee over the stencil.

Peel off the stencil screen and look for any paint seepage. You can use the glass scraper to clean up any mistakes.

Allow the paint to dry.Wait 21 days as the paint air cures, OR cure it faster in the oven.

Put your glass panels in a cool oven. THEN heat the oven to 350F, allowing the glass to heat up slowly. Let it bake for thirty minutes. Turn off the oven and let the glass sit in the oven until cool. Remove your glass and it is ready to use!

Reassemble the light fixtures by putting the glass panels back into the metal frame and screw the ball end caps back on.

Install your light fixtures and flip the light switch to reveal:

Exhibit D: Beautiful Eye Candy Light Fixtures!

They are beautiful to look at when they are off:

But, I think they look like elegant sparkling holiday ornaments when they are turned on:

A close up view of the moorish circle diamond pattern:

Can you believe the transformation? I’m still a little speechless. I love the pattern so much that I’m thinking about stenciling the walls with Royal Stencil Design’s similar circle diamond pattern, wouldn’t that be fancy. I’ll just have to add that to my ever growing to do list.

Can you think of some fabulous uses for the NEW Martha Stewart Glass paint from Plaid? There are many types of paint, stencils and tools. You can purchase the supplies at Michaels.

Find more ideas and instructions by following Plaid’s Martha Stewart Crafts on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

In the meantime, check out these other fabulous ideas using the Martha Stewart Glass paint line:



Hasta manana (see you tomorrow) DIY peeps!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for Martha Stewart Glass Paints and Blueprint Social. I was compensated for my time and project creation. However, all opinions, ideas, projects and directions are my own. 

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Comments

  1. I had to laugh when I read this post! I just got a huge ceiling stain when we had a down pour in the middle of putting on a new roof, and am now repainting the hall, and have been staring at my ugly light fixtures. Thanks for the fab idea!

  2. I have some lovely patches like that on my ceiling too, not from rain but from our terrible plumbing.

    The new lights look fabulous, what a huge difference a new pattern and a little paint made.

  3. What a great find!!! Love how they turned out……Stenciling is great and really made this project pop!

  4. That looks fabulous!

  5. That is so incredibly clever! They turned out BEAUTIFUL! I love that they are one of a kind and will turn heads every time someone comes over. Awesome!

  6. they turned out beautifully…could you tell me how much the entire project cost you approximately. thanks!

    • Jo, well it depends on what you already have or can make yourself. The paint is only $3.50. And the lights were $8 total. The squeegees are $13 and if you buy a pre-made screen stencil it will be about $15. So, $38 total for two lights. That’s a good deal on two lights!

      Granted, I had the supplies sent to me and used what I already had, so it only cost me $8. (An even better deal for me.)

  7. Wow Brittany – We have the same light fixture (came with the house) as the pair that you purchased, and I can’t stand it. You’ve just provided a stunning solution! :)

  8. What a great tutorial and the project is amazing! You are so creative!

  9. I love how the pattern gives the glass the appearance of being curved! Great job Brittany, I’ll take two for my foyer lol

  10. I love your new lights! Who would have thought those old uglies could look this nice!
    Now I have something new to try…
    Thanks for sharing

  11. I’m glad I’m not the only one who thinks those dome light fixtures look like boobs! Super-cool idea and the “new” fixtures look great!!

    Cher

  12. This is one of the best light makeovers I’ve seen. I love the design and all the creativity you have in this. I’ve been wanting to try out the new glass paints from Martha Stewart and I’m also looking for a new light fixture in the laundry room. This has inspired me to try something new!! Thanks for sharing and great tutorial!!

  13. Your lights look lovely! You did a fantastic job transforming them. I have to laugh at your “boob” comment. When we were purchasing a new light for the nursery I refused to buy a light with the finial thing in the middle, didn’t want the baby to constantly be thinking “BOOB” LOL!!

  14. Great makeover! I love lights and always want to do something fun with them. And I’m glad to see the new glass paint in action. I’ll have to get some :-)

  15. I think this is a fabulous idea! The paint color and stencil possibilities are limitless, and I could see this idea also being used on the brass lantern-style fixtures used for exterior lighting.
    I can’t stand boob lights! They were obviously designed by a man!

  16. This looks awesome! Great tutorial!

  17. This. is. EPIC!! I love it!

  18. amazing! i cannot belive how different and modern it looks!

  19. xLou Ann Bremers says:

    I feel especially dense but I reread this several times and didn’t understand the part about sandwiching your glass pane between two pieces of scrap glass. Okay after the first reread I understood that meant that the top of one pain touched the bottom of another and also touching another pane at the bottom edge…a big flat surface instead of three thicknesses on top of one another. But why? is there some reason that they all have to be level? I’m on my way to the local HH restore tomorrow I hope so I should be looking for something with several equal pieces of glass right?

    • You aren’t dense, I don’t think I explained it very well. If I just have the pane to be stenciled, the screen stencil is larger than the glass and the edges bend down and touch the work surface when I tape it down. This causes the screen stencil to buckle on the glass pane. So, I had to build up beside the glass pane so I had an even surface to tape the screen stencil to. Does that help?

  20. WOW! You really transformed those light fixtures. Yep, mucho mas better. :)

  21. Love this post! I can’t wait to have our new home so I can decorate and do great projects :)

  22. Ok this rocks !!!

  23. this is exactly what I need Brittany. Found the same lights in my restore. But each is priced at $10. For some reason they seemed to have marked up all the prices. oh well.. thanks for the great idea.. i will be looking for more affordable options.

  24. I’m a frequent flyer at the ReStore by me, since it’s only a few blocks away – I’m a lucky girl, and have seen plenty of brass light fixtures I’ve snubbed, BUT NOW I’ll be looking with a new perspective, thanks to your tutorial – I’m in love with this!! By the way, my mom’s a glass painter and she LOVES the Martha Stewart paints – I’ve heard again and again how wonderful they are from her, and I am happy to see how well they worked for this project, too. Thank you SO MUCH for the step-by-step lessons!

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