It is easy to repurpose hardware and building materials if you combine a little skill, time, and creativity. I had three commercial gooseneck lamp fixtures that I had used to light an old outdoor business sign. They were in surprisingly good shape for being in a harsh environment for several years, but unfortunately, they were coated in a dull, industrial silver/grey finish.
I wanted to use the lights for an industrial look interior of a basement that I’m remodeling. The plan was to paint the joists and subfloor (unfinished ceiling of the basement) black and to paint the goosenecks a glossy red. The lights would be used to illuminate a guitar display wall, which would be the focal point of the room. The cost of the project was a little time, care, and a can of spray paint.
When choosing a spray paint make sure that it is not only the color but also the finish that you want. In my case I wanted the lamps to be a glossy red. You also need to make sure that the paint is designed to cover the material that you want to paint (metal, wood, etc). Lastly, the paint that I used contained both the paint and a primer, and that was clearly stated on the can. Otherwise, I would have had to prime the lamps prior to painting them-an an additional unnecessary step for this particular application. See the photos below.