Easy Wall Sconce Makeover

Wall Sconce hanging from wallWall Sconce hanging from wall

Step-by-Step Instructions

Tool Tip

Before airbrushing, test and practice on a scrap piece paper.


1. Cut off electricity to the sconce, through the circuit breaker before starting. Carefully remove the shade and bulb and set aside.

gold wall sconce hanging from white wall

2. Lay painters tape and butcher paper around the base of the wall sconce to protect walls and surrounding furniture.  

3. Hold the rotary tool like a pencil and sand down sconce until smooth. Make sure to sand down the sides and crevices as well. Once sanded, use a rag to wipe clean.

4. Load the paint reservoir of the airbrush approximately ⅓ full with black airbrush paint. Test and practice on a scrap piece paper and adjust the settings accordingly.  

adding black paint into the air brush funnel

5. Begin painting the sconce in a consistent swirling motion about four to six inches away until completely evenly covered. Repeat with another light coat if necessary and let dry.

6. Add a light coat of clear sealant spray to the sconce to prevent scratches.

7. Peel off paper and painters tape to reveal your work! Add the shade and lightbulb, turn on the power and enjoy!