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Painting Brass Light Fixtures is a Super Easy and Quick Update!

Painting brass light fixtures is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to update your house. Grab some metallic paint and a paintbrush and change the look of your lights!

Hi Friends!!  Over the past year or so, you know I have been remodeling my whole house.  I’m doing most of the work myself and trying not to spend much money in the process. 

One of the things that drove me crazy about our 90s house was the brass light fixtures everywhere!!!  Do you have the same lovely brass “Boob” light fixtures all over your ceiling too?? 

Well, not to fret!  I am here to show you painting brass light fixtures is easier than you think!painting brass light fixtures

These were what my ceilings looked like.  I had 6 of these.painting brass light fixtures

painting brass light fixtures

Not a fan!!  Rust-oleum metallic paint to the rescue!!  Instead of buying 6 new lights, I only had to buy one can of paint – Woo Hoo!

Materials Needed for Painting Light Fixtures

painting brass light fixtures

Start my making sure your lights are turned off and electricity is shut down.  You should turn off the breaker in the breaker box!  If you have not done this before, consult an electrician.

Remove the screw nut, glass lodging and then you’ll need to remove the light bulbs.  If you are steady and good on a ladder, paint them while they are still on the ceiling!  It’s too hard for me to hold up my arm that long, so I just took them down.

Use some sand paper or sanding block and scuff them up a bit.  This helps the paint stick.painting brass light fixtures

Wipe them off.  Then paint them with a brush.  You might need two layers if it doesn’t cover well.painting brass light fixtures

painting brass light fixtures

Make sure to paint the knobs and small plate too!  I set mine on top of the wire caps.painting brass light fixtures

painting brass light fixtures

Once they are all dry, put them back on the ceiling!  This is where you really need to be careful.  I did shock myself and it didn’t feel good…eek! 

Especially when you have multiple switches or dimmers and don’t know which one is on or off.  That’s why it’s important to cut the electricity when messing with the wires!!

Now you have a totally new look!painting brass light fixtures

painting brass light fixtures

As you can see, I was in the middle of my staircase makeover!  I turned my ugly oak staircase into a nice brown and white one.  Check out my full tutorial here on how to paint a staircase!

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Another super easy and cheap thing to paint with Rust-oleum oil rubbed bronze is outdoor lights!!  Check out how I easily updated my outdoor sconces here!rustoleum review

Another place I updated was the brass on my fireplace.  Check out an easy way to paint the brass around your fireplace!DIY brass fireplace makeover

I love how all the brass in my house is now gone! With a few easy paints, I love the colors in my house now!  Let me know if you have any questions!

Thanks for stopping by!   Have a creative day!

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Monday 22nd of March 2021

Thanks so much for this article! I went out and boy all new light fixtures but then stumbled upon your idea! Will save $400 by returning the lights and updating myself! Thanks again!


Sunday 21st of March 2021

Thanks Amy! Just the info I was looking for to update my 90's brass vanity light fixtures. Cheers!


Sunday 19th of July 2020

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