Mid-Century Modern(ization)

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Outdoor Lighting Updates

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When we first moved in to our home we inherited a few … interesting lawn lights.


The mushrooms are my favorite.   This one is outside the dining room sliding door.  There is a matching one out side of the living room.  Don’t they look like something out of Alice In Wonderland?

All the lights work via buried electric running from the house and are operated by light switches near the exterior doors.  They’re fun and we don’t have any pressing plans to replace them, however, the 55+ year paint finishes had seen better days.  Some time around Logan’s birthday in April I picked up a few cans of spray paint and I thought I’d share the before and afters.


I cleaned, sanded, and recoated the mushrooms in a funky two-toned golden bronze and oil rubbed bronze finish.  I also used the oil rubbed bronze on the five stake lamps out front.


Before they were completely sunbaked and looking pretty drab, see?


Lastly, we have two of these two-tiered lights — both are in the front of the house between the front door and the garage.


Below is a really bad before photo because the light had been completely overgrown by the nearby shrubbery.


I actually owe you an update on this area because Kirk has been busy clearing it out — the big orb bush (almost entirely out of shot to the left) and the holly bush (to the right) have been dug out and hauled away.  Next we’ll be digging up that ground cover.

That’s it y’all, see you all on the flip side!


Author: Olivia @ Mid-Century Modern(ization)

I am a wife, mother, and writer. I am also a crafting, furniture-refinishing, home-designing nut.

One thought on “Outdoor Lighting Updates

  1. I love the mushrooms! And the other ones look like top hats, sorta. Cool.

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