Working on a Wall Light

We bought this outdoor fixture to be used as an over dressing table light in the master bathroom.

Over dressing table wall light which needs to be painted and repaired.
Over dressing table wall light which needs to be painted and repaired.

We got a great deal on it because it needed to be fixed.

I didn't care for the original finish on the lamp.
I didn’t care for the original finish on the lamp.
Charcoal metallic paint gives an enamel-like finish (unless it falls in the mud while the paint is drying).
Charcoal metallic paint gives an enamel-like finish (unless it falls in the mud while the paint is drying).

First I spray painted it charcoal metallic.  I taped it all up so the paint wouldn’t get on the glass.

Some paint got on the inside of the seeded glass.
Some paint got on the inside of the seeded glass.

Unfortunately a little triangle of paint misted inside the shade.

Paint is easily scraped from glass with a razor blade.
Paint is easily scraped from glass with a razor blade.

It was easily removed with a razor blade and a little fingernail scratching.

The back of the light didn't line up parallel with the shade when they were screwed together.
The back of the light didn’t line up parallel with the shade when they were screwed together.

I put it together with odd screws only to find it was really crooked.

The back of the fixture showed that one of the posts had been screwed down tighter than the other.
The back of the fixture showed that one of the posts had been screwed down tighter than the other.

The answer was to take the base apart.

Now the nuts on the back are equally down the threaded posts.
Now the nuts on the back are equally down the threaded posts.

I unscrewed the posts from the back and screwed them back together more evenly.

The shade is now sitting straight on the wall bracket.
The shade is now sitting straight on the wall bracket.

To check if the repair had indeed been made I put it all back together again.It looks good to me. Maybe just a little more spray paint.

Are you in the midst of a major project?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

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