Light It Up! – Spray Painting Indoor Lights (With A Spray Shelter)

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Spray Paint Indoor Lights with HomeRight Spray Shelter

I’m back with more details on our upstairs renovation!  After removing the doors, trim and carpet, trimming out the attic access and painting the walls and ceilings, it was time to put new lights up in the hall.  It’s a long hall and the lights upstairs were dim and SOO ugly. Here’s a picture of the light before I painted the walls and ceilings.


I knew I wanted some kind of black farm-housey light at the end of each side of the hall.  I searched everywhere and found all kinds of lights I liked, but man… they are expensive!

allen roth arctura light

I finally found these at Lowes and of course, they don’t come in black.  But the price was right @ $39.99 each, so I bought them anyway.  Don’t get me wrong, I like them in nickel as well, but my heart was set on black.

That’s what spray paint is for, right?

I whipped out my new HomeRight Small Spray Shelter to make sure spray paint didn’t end up all over my garage and to protect my lights from leaves and dirt whipping around in the wind.

Spray Paint Indoor Lights with HomeRight Small Spray Shelter

I set up my light and stuffed a paper-towel in the light socket to protect it from spray paint.


I scuffed up the finish a little with a sanding block, then put two coats of black primer on the light.


Here’s one before primer and one after primer.  I love it already!

spray paint lights before and after

Next, I used Rustoleum Satin Black Paint & Primer spray paint.  This is my favorite paint.  It goes on so smooth and honestly gives it a factory-like finish.


This shelter was awesome!  The best part was set up and clean up, it’s so easy.  It’s just a little pop-up shelter, so no rods to put in, or parts to snap together.  I think next time, I’ll make some kind of simple revolving stand so I can turn my item while painting it (fancy, right?!).  When you’re done, you just twist it back up and put it back in it’s nifty bag!


Last, once my lights were dry, I had the hubs hang them in the hall.


These little guys put out so much light!


I may turn them so that they are parallel with the wall and not angled, but I’m going to wait until I get my doors installed to make that decision.

This renovation is coming along, slowly…but surely.  Next up, I’ll be installing doors upstairs.  I already purchased them and have them painted, but honestly… I’m a little nervous about installing.  I’ve never done it ALL by myself, so we shall see!


Let’s give something away… what do you think?!

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[DISCLAIMER: I received compensation in exchange for writing this review of the HOMERIGHT SMALL SPRAY SHELTER. Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own.]


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  1. This shelter would be wonderful. I cannot count how many times I’ve tried to spray paint something and had to stop because the wind was blowing most of the paint away.

    • Mrs. Do It Herself says:

      Exactly! They make a bigger one too for larger items. I may have to invest in one for my furniture pieces!

  2. Christina in FL says:

    Love the outcome! The LED bulb is perfect. Did you use a daylight or soft white bulb?

  3. LOVE the lights and I so need this spray shelter. Badly.

  4. Arlie Boutwell says:

    Would be wonderful to have spray shelter in my She Shack.

  5. kristin howard says:

    I would love this with those Edison lights. They are a perfect frame for them.

    • Mrs. Do It Herself says:

      Yes, I looked at them. I was afraid they wouldn’t put out very much light, but maybe I’m wrong. I’ve never used them before, I may have to try it out.

  6. I am always spray-painting something or other. This would save a lot of work … trying to keep the wind from blowing grass and other debris on my projects. I’d start with my own hall light … need to get rid of the “gold” and turn it either black or brushed nickel. Not yet sure!

    • Mrs. Do It Herself says:

      Nice! There’s nothing worse than spray painting outside and dirt or little bugs fly right into your masterpiece!

  7. carol clark says:

    id paint my cabinet from the kitchen an old chair i love and some nic nacs ive redone

  8. I have the big spray shelter, but the small one would be great to pop open on my workbench when I’m doing little projects. I love your spray painted light fixture! It looks amazing in black!