$4 DIY Porch Light Makeover

Posted by on Apr 7, 2015


I live in an older home. That means I have a lot of older, outdated things in and around my house. Some are worth investing some money in. But some just aren’t. When I looked around to price outdoor porch lights and found out that most were $75 and up I knew that wasn’t something I wanted to spend money on. So instead, I decided to fix mine up myself.

I took down my old, rusty porch light (be careful of electrical wires when doing this) and cleaned the heck out of it. It was beyond nasty! There were thick spider webs everywhere. Tons of dead bugs were being saved for someone’s lunch later. And the dirt build up was pretty big. Even the screws were covered in spider webs. I removed the glass and used Windex to clean those as well. There was years of grime so this took a few passes.

porch light makeover

Then I took everything outside and grabbed a can of Rust-Oleum metallic spray paint that I purchased from Walmart for $3.77. I made sure I sprayed each side of the light and gave it plenty of time to dry. Then I turned it over and sprayed again. I think I ended up with two coats on each side, but they dried super fast. So everything was done and pretty again within a few hours.

I put everything back together, made sure the electrical wires were hooked up correctly, and screwed my shiny new porch light into the side of my house.

I am so ridiculously happy with the results! My light wasn’t in bad condition. It just needed a little love. It looks practically brand new. And it cost less than $4 to make it look this way!

Transform your porch light for just $4

I did forget to pain the screws that secure my light to my house. So I plan on popping out and spraying them in the morning so they blend in a bit better.