DIY Industrial Lighting

Are you looking for an inexpensive way to update your bathroom? Try starting with the lighting! When our bathroom vanity light fixture broke, it was a blessing in disguise! I hated those old traditional vanity lights but I had forgotten all about them until the day the lamp shade fell off and completely shattered. So, it was finally time to start looking for replacement vanity lighting. Yay!

vanity light 1

We looked in Home Depot, Lowes, and lots of online retailers. I couldn’t find anything I absolutely loved and I could definitely not justify spending over $100 on one bathroom light fixture (we needed two). I am incredibly lucky that boy Jamie is both handy and creative! I knew I could get him excited about a DIY project if it involved the word *INDUSTRIAL*.  So that’s when we started brainstorming. We knew we were looking to incorporate industrial lighting in our master bathroom. Our goal was to recreate something like this (check out our inspiration below) but for a lot cheaper.

Our Inspiration:

We both agreed that this was the look we wanted but definitely did not want to pay the sticker price! (The one on the left retails for $355 and the fixture on the right is $180) So, we decided to make them ourselves!

What You Need:

Fixture Base

what you need 1

Matte Black Spray Paint what you need 2

Metal Lamp Cages

what you need 3


Light Bulbs

what you need 4


The Process:

Jamie began by taping off and spray painting the fixture base. To speed up the drying process, we used a heat gun. Get your heat gun here —>  I need one!

jamie heat gun

He also spray painted the metal cages to give them a matte finish instead of glossy.

Here is a side by side for comparison!

side by side

The result is awesome! We love how these turned out. Going from three bulbs to four also made our bathroom much brighter!

industrial light 3

industrial light 4



2 light fixture bases from a resale store ($40)

spray paint (we already had)

Metal Cages ($4 each = $32)

Total= $45 each!


Before and After:





***This article contains affiliate links***

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s