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How To Update a Brass Light Fixture with Spray Paint

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This post explains how to update a brass light fixture using spray paint.

How to Update a Brass Light Fixture

I have been eager to update a few things in my kitchen – mostly to update a brass light fixture that hangs over my table.

When I decorated this kitchen, shiny brass was popular, not aged brass.  I like the warmth of gold over silver, bronze, or black, but a muted gold – not shiny anymore.  I want to add more white with color pops and less black to the room.

Dream kitchen
Source: BHG

Here is my inspiration photo. I love these white metal lights.  They are simple and classic, yet a bit unique.   The light fixture in my kitchen is not quite the same, but I knew I could spray paint the brass on mine, white – to start giving my kitchen the light and airy feel I am after.

How to update a brass light fixture

The hardest part of the brass light spray painting project was taking the light down and putting it back up. I asked my hubby to do that.  He had in down it a few minutes.

I was going to spray paint it outside since I have been banned from spray painting in the garage since I unintentionally spray painted our cars, but I didn’t want any bugs to land on it while it dried as well as it looked like rain.

How to make a mini spray booth when spraying smaller decorative items.

I ended up setting up a spray booth in my basement using a big box I got in the dumpster behind my local dollar store. (They always have nice clean boxes).  I have been a little too cavalier in my spray painting ways –no more over-spray on surrounding objects – like cars. Back to good spray painting practices.

When spraying bigger items I use this set-up or a tent shelter.

How To Update a Brass Light Fixture Using Spray Paint to Get a Glossy Finish

supplies needed:

  • Spray paint and primer in one formula of spray paint
  • Tack cloth
  • Paint mask to help lessen breathing in the paint fumes
  1. Clean the surface well with hot sudsy water, rinse and let dry.

2. Lightly rub 100 grit sandpaper over the surface to lightly scratch the surface to provide some “tooth” for the paint to adhere. Remove sanding grit with a tack cloth.

3. Spray a light coat of spray paint in a glossy formula over the object you are working on, after about 3 – 5 minutes spray another light coat on. Repeat every 5 minutes until the surface is covered. Let dry.

4. Let dry completely for at least 4- 6 hours or more if the weather is humid.

TIP: Before applying the next coat of paint, check to make sure no dust or bugs have landed on the surface. If they have, just use your fingernail to gently remove them and smooth over the areas with your finger, then go over the surface with a tack cloth.

How to update a brass light fixture with paint

My light now looks like it has a right from the factory finish.

How to Make a Chandelier Chain Cover

While my light was down and I was waiting for the paint to dry, I took the chain cover apart that I had made for the light previously.  I sewed the fabric into a long sleeve to cover the chain.

  • The previous one was made using a method that doesn’t require removing the light fixture from the ceiling.  You can find out how I made that one here – How to Make a Chandelier Chain Cover
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  1. Diane, your light fixture turned out perfect! Nice to revamp an item and it feel almost new again. Now I am looking forward to the chairs revamp. I hope you post on that as well. I have kitchen chairs I am ready to renew but unsure of the painted seat. I am afraid the paint will just wear off with daily use. I bet you have a tried and true method for this. Happy painting!

    1. Hi Linda – the seats on my kitchen chairs are oak and I haven’t painted that part – only the top and bottoms. I have however painted many chair seats and they don’t wear away that fast. The key is to make sure 1. You sand well and prime each seat with a gripping primer. 2. Use a good quality paint and apply it in light coats – letting each one dry before applying the next. Once it is dry you can seal it with non-yellowing polyurethane. Another option would be to use Chalk Paint and age the chairs to begin with – so that whatever abuse they take it will look like the style of the chair :)

    2. I will get brave here soon and tackle the chairs. Thanks for the instruction! I first have to finish painting the living room but its almost done. Finish one and add two more projects!

  2. My daughter “accidentally” painted my wicker chair. Unfortunately it was one of the good chairs. Sigh! I guess I have to paint both of them another color. There is too much “junk” in the garage to paint. Luckily I have a huge yard to paint in. My big issue is the trees. In case you need to know, I know what to do if your trees get painted. We got vandalized and have to fix my trees. You use metal brushes to clean the tree, then paint it with mud. This won’t hurt the bark and the mud will stain the tree the right color. I haven’t tried it yet and hoping to get a bunch of teens to help out. I’m hoping a pizza party will be incentive enough, never mind all the time I’m the neighborhood chauffeur. :)

  3. GREAT job, Diane! It looks so summery and sweet! You have the most patient hubby. Better hang on to him! lol!

    xoxo laurie

  4. Just recently found your blog, and I love it! I also love your light. Now I want one like it. I need to adhere to these spray-painting do’s and don’t’s. I never wear a mask, and I have asthma. Thanks for reminding me.

  5. It looks great, Diane! Yikes on the spray paint on the cars. That is always a fear I have ~ my husband would kill me. I usually wait and spray paint in the garage when he is at work {and didn’t carpool that day} and I put mine outside on the driveway. I don’t really have anywhere else to do it now. In our old house I used to go out in the yard.