How can I paint my ceiling lights?


I went to Michael's last week with the intention of buying puffy paint. I wanted to mimic a black design on our larger 19" ceiling light onto a smaller 5" recessed LED plastic ceiling light lens (gets warm but definitely not hot). I was "told" the puffy paint would not stick it was for use on fabrics which are naturally more porous. Opinions please.

q painting ceiling light lens black denominational design
  8 answers
  • J Brown J Brown on Oct 29, 2018

    Sorry I meant dimensional, spell checker totally hijacked my thought.

  • Gk Gk on Oct 29, 2018

    Puffy paint doesn't stick to glass very well. I know you want 3 dimensional but how about using strips of wasabi tape or a black permanent marker to mimic the pattern?

  • Lizbeth Lizbeth on Oct 30, 2018

    You could try glass paint. It can be found in the same type of nozzled bottle as puffy paint although it is also sold in regular bottles like typical craft paints. It's not as "puffy" as fabric paint. But the type that allows a painted design to mimic actual stained glass (including the black lead parts) would probably work. Usually requires heat setting in the oven for durability if the item will be washed (like drinking glasses) but I think that can be skipped if regular washing isn't an issue. That said, I have used fabric puffy paint on glass Christmas balls and they've lasted several seasons so far. Of course, those spend most of their time in storage!

  • Could you shape soft wire to frame the lens? Maybe you could use a multi purpose adhesive to tack the wire on the lens. A lot of different bendable wires are in the jewelry making dept.

  • Karen Ballou Karen Ballou on Oct 31, 2018

    The lens is plastic, not glass. You could try a 4-ply black or dark brown paint dipped in mod podge.

  • CapnChaos CapnChaos on Oct 31, 2018

    My mother has painted on glass for years. She used a liquid leading.

  • J Brown J Brown on Nov 05, 2018

    Thank you ladies. I did buy the Stained glass type outline paint. The online product picture for the light showing the design was just the size of my lens cover when I printed it. Placed it under the lens and traced. The paint came out of the tube easily. It's not perfect but that's my fault. It is a better match than anything I could have purchased. Will post photos later.

  • J Brown J Brown on Nov 06, 2018

    the end result