Farmhouse Industrial Fixture for Under $20

Alisha Lime
by Alisha Lime
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How I turned this dated, contractor grade light into a farmhouse industrial fixture for only $20.

The contractor grade light fixture was not our style. So we took it down and gave it an easy affordable upgrade.

I started by removing the finials on each side of the fixture and replaced them with 1” plumping caps that you can find at hardware store. I got mine for only $1 each! 

The frosted glass shades also needed to go and I was inspired by the caged bulb look I’ve seen on some very expensive fixtures. To replicate the look for cheap I started with three hard plastic cages from Home Depot for just under $5 apiece.

All it took to make this look like an expensive custom fixture was a little spray paint.

For the fixture base I used two light coats of bronze and for the cages I used an under coat of aged copper and a light coat of bronze on top. 

Make sure you cover all areas that shouldn’t be sprayed. Use painter's tape to cover electrical and bulb sockets.

The cages tightened onto the existing base with tiny screws that were included and then it was time to reinstall. 

This DIY was super easy and affordable. I love the farmhouse industrial vibe!

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  • MIck MIck on May 03, 2021

    Did you paint the inside of the cages? Photos seem to make it look like no...might be an illusion? I wouldn't use this hack with high wattage bulbs that cast off heat.

  • Kim Luppino Kim Luppino on May 03, 2021

    is there a risk of melting?

  • Sidney Rippy McLaughlin Sidney Rippy McLaughlin on May 02, 2022

    What is the intended use for the plastic cages?

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