The Easiest Way to Paint Recessed Light Trim in less than 5 Minutes!

How to Paint Recessed Lights - Did you know you can spray paint recessed lights?!  It is a simple and inexpensive way to update recessed lights and help make them look great! #recessedlights http://lehmanlane.net

Spray paint recessed light trim to give your ceiling lights a quick update!  Sharing all the tips & tricks of how to paint recessed light trim in less than 5 minutes for just a few dollars with 1 can of spray paint!

How to Paint Recessed Lights - Did you know you can spray paint recessed lights?!  It is a simple and inexpensive way to update recessed lights and help make them look great! #recessedlights #spraypaint https://lehmanlane.net

How to Paint Recessed Light Trim

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This is the first house where I have felt like I can actually see what I am doing.  In the last house we literally had one floor lamp in the living room & I always felt like I was siting in the dark.  I am very thankful that our farmhouse has a lot of recessed lights in it.

Why Paint Recessed Light Trim

However, our new house has a ton of “huge” recessed lights…black ones.  

What’s wrong with recessed lights the same color as your ceiling?  They are in every room but they are ugly….

Rather than draw your eye to the room they draw your eye to the ceiling. And… since they look like mini space ships stuck in ceiling not the best design idea!

Below is a picture of our recessed ceiling lights before painting them…

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We haven’t done anything to them because I thought if we changed them it would be costly & messy but I didn’t realize I could take out the black can insert of the light and spray paint it white!  

So, if you were wondering if you can paint recessed light trim… yes, you can & should if yours are ugly like mine were. 🙂

Whoo hoo!  They look so much better now!!!

Taking out the Recessed Lights to Spray Paint

How to Paint Recessed Lights - Did you know you can spray paint recessed lights?!  It is a simple and inexpensive way to update recessed lights and help make them look great! #recessedlights http://lehmanlane.net

Some recessed light trim pop right out! All you need to do is unscrew the bulb & pull it out.

Spray Paint Recessed Light Trim in the Living Room

How to Paint Recessed Lights - Did you know you can spray paint recessed lights?!  It is a simple and inexpensive way to update recessed lights and help make them look great! #recessedlights http://lehmanlane.net

Prep your Recessed Light Trim before Painting

How to Paint Recessed Lights - Did you know you can spray paint recessed lights?!  It is a simple and inexpensive way to update recessed lights and help make them look great! #recessedlights http://lehmanlane.net

Don’t forget to lay down an old sheet or drop cloth before painting.

Also, when using spray paint it is best to do it outside & save your lungs & the air inside your home from the strong paint smell!

For our living room lights all we had to so is pull out the black insert part, spray paint it, & pop it back in after it dried.

All told, it took less than 5 minutes to spray paint recessed light trim. Easy!

How to Paint Recessed Lights - Did you know you can spray paint recessed lights?!  It is a simple and inexpensive way to update recessed lights and help make them look great! #recessedlights http://lehmanlane.net
How to Paint Recessed Lights - Did you know you can spray paint recessed lights?!  It is a simple and inexpensive way to update recessed lights and help make them look great! #recessedlights http://lehmanlane.net

The recessed lights look SO much better now painted white to match our living room ceiling!

*Update* We are still spray painting the recessed lights around our farmhouse!

How to Paint Recessed Lights - Did you know you can spray paint recessed lights?!  It is a simple and inexpensive way to update recessed lights and help make them look great! #recessedlights http://lehmanlane.net

Spray Paint Recessed Light Trim in our kitchen with Bead Board Ceiling

For the recessed lights in our kitchen, I had to unhook the can light covers from the ceiling in order to spray paint it.

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I brought them outside to spray paint.  I was able to spray paint all of these recessed lights with just one can of paint!

Before & After Spray Painting Recessed Light Trim

How to Paint Recessed Lights - Did you know you can spray paint recessed lights?!  It is a simple and inexpensive way to update recessed lights and help make them look great! #recessedlights http://lehmanlane.net

You can really see here the difference the paint makes between our old recessed light before painting & what it looks like after!

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We decided on a flat paint since we have been painting our ceilings with a flat paint & wanted them to blend in with the rest of our ceiling. We found our spray paint at Lowes.

I hope this post inspires you & answers all your questions about how to spray paint recessed lights!

by Tara Lehman

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Comments

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by to check out how we painted our recessed lights Art! I used Valspar spray paint suitable for metal because the trim is metal. I wasn’t worried about using one specially for heat because we used LED bulbs and they don’t heat up that much. The trim still looks great now 3 years later and I haven’t had to touch them up since.

  1. Hi… there are so many different shades of white not sure what color to use… I agree flat will probably look the best but not sure what shade of white.

    1. Thank you for stopping by to check out my post on how to paint recessed light trim. We chose just a basic shade of white that is a close match to our ceiling paint. You could take a sample of your ceiling paint to the store and pick out what white flat spray paint is that is the closest match.

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