How to D.I.Y. Paintable Ceramic Wall Sconces & Pendant Lighting

Ceramic wall sconces and pendants can be a beautiful addition to any home decor, providing both functionality and aesthetic appeal. By adding a personal touch through painting, you can transform these sconces and pendants into unique pieces that reflect your style and personality. In this blog post, we’ll explore various painting techniques to help you achieve stunning results.

Choosing the Right Ceramic Sconces

Before diving into the painting process, it’s crucial to select ceramic wall sconces that are suitable for painting. Opt for our bare bisque sconces made from fired unglazed ceramic. This type of surface allows the paint to adhere better, ensuring a long-lasting finish. Additionally, consider the design and shape of the sconces to complement your existing décor. View our most popular Island of Lights Collection to choose the best ceramic light for your needs.

Preparing the Surface

Properly preparing the ceramic surface is essential for a successful painting project. All of our sconces are gently sanded using fine-grit sandpaper. This step helps smooth but also allows the paint to bond effectively. After sanding, we clean the sconces to remove any dirt, dust, or oils. When you receive the sconces, we suggest wiping the sconces with a lint-free cloth to ensure a clean painting surface.

Choosing the Right Paint

At our studio, we use household paint brands such as Sherwin Williams or Benjamin Moore. We recommend using water based acrylic paint, but any paint that you use on your walls can be easily applied onto our handcrafted ceramic sconces and pendants. If you choose to use oil based paints applying a primer is a must. Choose a primer specifically designed for ceramics or multi-surface use. Apply an even coat of primer to the sconces using a soft-bristle brush, foam brush, or spray can. Allow the primer to dry thoroughly as per the manufacturer’s instructions. The primer not only enhances paint adhesion but also helps create a smooth base for your chosen colors. We can happily apply the paint color of your choosing at our studio to ensure even and smooth application, just pick an A19 Specialty Acrylic Finish or specify a custom color.

Exploring Painting Techniques

Solid Color

For a classic and elegant look, opt for a solid color. Acrylic paints work well on ceramics and provide excellent coverage. We use a hand held spray gun, but use of a soft-bristle brush to apply thin, even layers of paint can be done. Allow each layer to dry before adding another coat, ensuring a smooth and vibrant finish.


Stenciling allows you to create intricate designs on your ceramic sconces. Select stencils that suit your desired pattern or theme. Secure the stencil in place using masking tape and gently dab paint onto the stencil using a sponge or stencil brush. Carefully lift the stencil to reveal the design, allowing the paint to dry completely.

Freehand Design

Unleash your creativity by painting freehand designs on your ceramic sconces. Use fine-tipped brushes to add details, patterns, or even small motifs. Sketch your design lightly in pencil before proceeding with paint to ensure precision. We offer Faux Finishes to match any of your design needs. If you have an idea, reach out to us and we will see what we can do.


Painting ceramic wall sconces can elevate the style and character of your home. With the right preparation, painting techniques, and proper sealing, you can create stunning and personalized sconces that perfectly match your décor. Let your creativity flow and enjoy the transformation of your living space with these beautifully painted ceramic wall sconces.

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