“New” Industrial Bathroom Lighting for our Powder Room!

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BRILLIANT! Easy DIY update to create beautiful industrial bathroom lighting for less than $30!

Hello lovely readers!  I am SUPER, SUPER, SUPER excited to share this project with you.  As you know, we have been working on updating our powder room on a budget.  I showed you the plans for our powder room here and recently shared with you the progress that we have made so far, which included a photo showing our DIY industrial bathroom lighting.  Well, today I am going to share with you how we created this “new” industrial light for our powder room for less than $30!  {PS- The powder room makeover is complete!  Click here for the full reveal!}  This post contains some affiliate links.  Click here to read my full disclosure policy.

As I reminder, here is the lighting fixture that we started with.

BRILLIANT! Easy DIY update to create beautiful industrial bathroom lighting for less than $30!

I neglected to get a “before” photo in decent lighting, so I found a nearly identical light fixture online.  Here is what it looked like under better lighting circumstances :)  It looks like a ton of 3 light vanity lights that you can purchase for around $40, like this one from Amazon, or the one below from Lowe's.

BRILLIANT! Easy DIY update to create beautiful industrial bathroom lighting for less than $30!

Source: Lowe'

There was nothing really “wrong” with the light fixture.  In other words, I did not hate it and think it would probably look great in a more traditional bathroom.  But, I did think it was way too traditional for our contemporary house.  And I KNEW it was not the look we were going for in the powder room.  The problem was that we did not have the budget for a $200+ fixture that would fit with the look we were going for.

So, we got creative and decided to work with what we had.  We removed the existing light fixture and got to work.  Read on to learn how we totally transformed this light fixture into beautiful industrial bathroom lighting in less than 30 minutes, for less than $30!

Create Beautiful Industrial Bathroom Lighting for Less Than $30

Materials Needed:

1) Remove your light fixture.

BRILLIANT! Easy DIY update to create beautiful industrial bathroom lighting for less than $30!

2) After removing your light fixture, spray paint all of the pieces with flat black paint.  You want to paint EVERYTHING, even the screws.  Place balled up paper towels inside the sockets to protect them.  We used Valspar flat black paint.

BRILLIANT! Easy DIY update to create beautiful industrial bathroom lighting for less than $30!

2) Purchase Edison Style 60 Watt Bulbs.  You can find them at any home improvement store.  Or, if you are like me and enjoy having everything delivered to your doorstep, you can order them from Amazon for exactly the same price as they are sold in most stores.  The 60 watt bulbs sell for around $9.00 each.

3) Reinstall your light fixture and pop in your Edison bulbs.  Do NOT replace the glass globes.  Now stand back and admire your “new” light fixture for the cost of a few new lightbulbs!

We love it because it totally looks like the amazing DIY pipe light fixtures have seen on Pinterest.  But this was so much easier and more cost effective for us since we already had the light fixture.   So, we transformed our “too traditional” light fixture into beautiful industrial bathroom lighting that is totally our style.  How's that for thrifty?!

BRILLIANT! Easy DIY update to create beautiful industrial bathroom lighting for less than $30!

What do you think of our “new” vanity light?  Can you believe it is the same one?  Have you ever transformed an existing light fixture?


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  1. […] 2) DIY Industrial Light Upcycled from and Old Fixture– Next up is this simple but gorgeous industrial light fixture that I made for almost nothing by upcycling a builder-grade vanity light.  You can check out the full tutorial here. […]

  2. […] {from Designer Trapped in a Lawyer’s Body} […]

  3. […] to check out our full powder room reveal and some of the other amazing projects from it, like the DIY industrial lighting and wood mirror with concrete […]

  4. Brandi Webster says:

    I can’t find where you bought or made the two framed photos of the faucet and hands washing. I see where u bought frames but looking for photos in them. Thank u so much as I am in love with your bathroom..

  5. […] let’s talk lighting.  I am 100% obsessed with our DIY industrial light fixture, that we created by transforming a totally traditional light fixture with spray paint and […]

  6. […] Psssst….do you see those cute bathroom door decals in the reflection of the mirror? I love that they help our guests find the powder room AND that they crack me up every time I see them. You can check out how I created them here.  And if you love the look of the industrial vanity light above the mirror, you can find out how we created that here. […]

  7. Kathryn says:

    Another great transformation Tasha! Love to be able to reuse items!

  8. What a great idea to use what you had and make it into something awesome!

  9. rea says:

    you never fail to amaze me Tasha! that does not look like the same light fixture at all!
    so chic! great job..

    i don’t know why but it makes me scared to mess with anything electrical that’s why i’ve never transformed any light fixtures, chandy, etc…

    thanks for sharing♥

    • Tasha A. says:

      Thanks so much, Rea! I used to be very hesitant with electrical stuff, but my husband helped get me past my fear :) Have a great weekend!

      • Sue Z. says:

        Love the fixture! Wish I could talk my husband into something like this!
        I wanted to give you a heads up on a company here on the net that you can get the Edison type bulbs (that fit a standard size socket) for less then $9. I came across this company while looking for a very low wattage bulb (C7, think night light) that also would fit a standard size socket instead of a tiny chandelier type socket. They have them!
        We have a wrought iron chandelier on our enclosed front porch that takes 5 bulbs and that’s an energy eater so I’m replacing all bulbs with C7 bulbs.
        Here’s the company, enjoy!

  10. Wow, GREAT idea! Wish I had thought of painting and removing the glass surrounds on the fixture we just replaced. :)

    • Tasha A. says:

      Thanks so much, Ashley! And maybe you can try this for the next light fixture you need to replace! Have a great weekend.

  11. Love this update! We’ve got a very dated, tarnished, brass, UGLY fixture in our guest bath. It’s not in the budget to replace it so updating it with paint is a great solution.

    Thanks for the inspiration! Pinning!
    ~ Ashley

    • Tasha A. says:

      Thanks so much, Ashley! I seriously love how ours turned out. You should definitely try painting yours. Thanks for the pin!

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