Easy, thrifty exterior light makeover
Ever since we bought our home, I’ve wanted to change out the blah exterior lights to more upscale copper versions. The only problem? Some of the copper light fixtures I had my eye on cost $200 apiece!
Fortunately, I discovered an alternative, thrifty way to make my outside lights look like a million bucks using Modern Masters Metallic Paint in Copper Penny (MM579).
Modern Masters recently contacted me and asked if I would be interested in reviewing their products and offering a giveaway to my readers. When I discovered they had a metallic paint line that could be used for both interior and exterior projects, I was sold.
I requested the copper penny metallic paint and also received a can of their UV protective clear topcoat (satin finish), MasterClear® Supreme. This topcoat is specifically made to not dull metallic paint.
This is one of our exterior lights before its makeover:
After that, I brushed on two coats of the copper penny metallic paint. A little bit of this product goes a long, long way. You can see I barely used any of the paint in the container.
I found two coats to be adequate for this project. One of the many things I love about this paint is that it covers well and dries quickly. You can recoat after only 30 minutes and it is dry within one hour. It is recommended that you wait 24 hours before applying the acrylic/polyurethane topcoat, however.
I brushed on the topcoat and within an hour of applying it, I could hang the light back up. Here’s the fixture with its metallic makeover:
This paint has an impressively realistic copper finish. I also love that it has low volatile organic compounds (making it less harmful to humans and the environment) and cleans up easily with soap and water. In addition, you can brush, roll or spray on this paint, depending on your preference. My sprayer pooped out on me awhile back, so I used a brush instead.
You can see why copper was my metal of choice considering my house colors and porch decor.
I absolutely love how this project turned out! And I am over-the-moon excited to offer one of you the chance to try out Modern Masters, too. Next week, I’ll be hosting a product giveaway where Modern Masters will be offering your choice of one of the following products: