I have been looking for the perfect foyer light about three years now. In the search, I removed an ugly dated hanging light and replaced it with this:

Okay, it is a little better, but I still wasn’t in love! And that is the key to the right lighting, you have to LOVE it EVERYTIME you see it.

So, when I saw this Pottery Barn fixture, I knew I loved it!

Amanda at The Hand Me Down House made one that looks very similar. I always thought I might copy her design, until I found a hanging light that had similar lines at our local Habitat ReStore.

See that brass beauty in the front? Well, ignore the brass because I had plans to paint it. By the way, the iron chandelier went in my friend’s hallway.

And that cute little fixture hiding in shame at the back was turned into another Pottery Barn knockoff lantern.

But, on to the star of this post. My new foyer light! I disassembled the foyer light and set the glass globe aside. Then I attacked her with a one two punch using my new dynamic duo of spray paints.

Automotive primer first and then two coats of Rustoleum Oil Rubbed Bronze!

After putting the glass globe back on the fixure, I installed the light fixture (you can follow the same instructions as I showed in this post.)


Check out that beautiful new/old light fixture! I know it isn’t exactly like Pottery Barn’s but I love it none-the-less. How about you?

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  1. Jo
    Jo says:

    Light fixtures can be the hardest thing to find.. especially since you can tell what quality of light they'll give off 'til you put them in situ at home.
    But that hurricane looks cracking Brittany.. great job.
    One question though.. why automotive primer ??
    I'm also curious about how much you think the 3 fixtures set you back.. by the time you'd refurbished them. I do love a bargain.
    Jo xx

  2. Barb
    Barb says:

    Great Job! It's not your typical light fixture that is so repetitive in so many homes. I love the transformation. I think I like yours more too!

  3. Nancy
    Nancy says:

    I think it looks fantastic. I used to watch a show on HGTV called Sensible Chic(I think that was the name!). I loved how they took high end designer rooms and duplicated them at a fraction of the cost. Sometimes, the rooms that were duplicated were better than the originals. Your light is even better than the one you modeled it after!

  4. Amanda@The Hand Me Down House
    Amanda@The Hand Me Down House says:

    I've been waiting to see this light, Brittany! 🙂 It looks fantastic — like night and day! And thanks so much for the shout out — you're so sweet!

  5. Nutbird
    Nutbird says:

    Lamps and lighting fixtures are hard to find. But the hunt is worth it. The key is to never stop looking. I have some unbelievable one of a kind lamps that I have collected over the years. I still have some backups and I have a lot of lamps that need to be rewired, but the hunt continues. Ann

  6. @i_am_joey
    @i_am_joey says:

    this fixture looks good … great job once again.

    hmm now i realise my foyer light fixture needs to get a different look. hmmm

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