While I was painting my kitchen cabinets a few weeks ago, my eyes kept going to the 5 recessed lights under the soffit that runs along both sides of my kitchen. They were staring down at me saying “Paint Me, Paint Me”. I knew it was time to learn how to paint recessed lighting!
I have always wanted them white so they would disappear. I love the light they produce, but not the black color.
I asked my electrician friend if I could paint them and he said sure – it is done all the time. Light bulbs, especially newer bulbs don’t get hot, so you don’t have to worry about heat blistering the paint.
That was all I needed to hear. Goodbye black…
…Hello white! Amazing what a little white paint can do – like magic the lights have disappeared.
How to Paint a Recessed Light
It was a quick and easy job.
- Make sure the power is turned off to the lights (ideally at the breaker). As an extra safety measure, you may want to tape the light switch in the Off position so a family member does not inadvertently turn them On.
- Remove bulb and pull down the recessed can from the ceiling.
- Rough up the black baffle with a piece of 60 – 100 grit sandpaper
- Clean with a tack cloth.
- Using a 1” angled brush, apply one light coat of gripping primer. I used Glidden Gripper. Let dry.
- Apply a light coat of paint. I used Rustoleum Protective Enamel in Glossy White. Let dry. It needed, apply a second light coat.
- When paint is dry, put the can and baffle back into the ceiling. Replace the bulb.
- Turn the power back on.
No more eyesore! Yay! This is one of those projects I wish I did years ago.
When I took the window treatment down over the kitchen window, I had to also remove the grass cloth wallpaper around the window since it had holes in it from the curtain rod. (Before photo) I had extra, so after I painted the window, I replaced the wallpaper. (After photo)
See how my kitchen cabinets look with a fresh coat of white paint on them and the trick I used to add color to the shelves.