How to Paint Brass light fixtures – and update any room

… without breaking the bank!

We’ve lived in this house for over a year and I wake up and go in to my bathroom, I think to myself, “I really need to do something with that light.”
I hate it, hate it, hate it!!!

So happy I found this! What an easy and quick DIY idea to transform all my brass fixtures! How to paint brass light fixturesIt was the style I guess when the house was built in the early 90’s.

So, not having a lot of expendable cash on hand, I knew I needed to paint them.

And plus, being able to up-cycle makes me feel good knowing I’m doing my part to keep this stuff out of the landfills.

For those that know me, SURPRISE!!  ME, PAINT SOMETHING, NOOOOOO!!!!

Well, here’s eye sore  before {hope I’m hurting anyone’s feelings, but brass is not my style}:

How to paint brass light fixtures:

I started by turning off the electrical power to the bathroom and my husband removed the brass  from the wall.

Apparently the maid forgot to dust in areas above her 5’4″ reach {maid=moi … ahem}

So, I cleaned it with a cleaner I had on hand

What a difference with a little wipe down … now, the glare is really killing me!!!

I taped up the light bulb thing-a-mabobs so no paint would get in there.  Doesn’t have to be perfect {you don’t see them anyway, really}

Then I spray painted the sucker.  Making sure to spray evenly to ensure minimal drip factor.

I just used a Flat Brown spray paint, no need for a heat resistant paint as it doesn’t get hot and it’s not directly exposed to enough heat to do anything.

I let it dry for a bit and brought it inside for some ‘artistic embellishment’.

Here’s what you do.  I wanted a random look to it so I ‘dry brushed’ the metallic paint on it.  So, you dip your brush in the paint and paint a few strokes on to a paper towel just to get that initial ‘glob’ of paint off.

Don’t be freaked out when you see your paint brush look like this, this is what you want actually…

Then, just go ahead and paint randomly all over the fixture.

It’s so easy that a 3 year old can do it…

This is the end result:

Now, to the bathroom:

I’ve been painting the bathroom and took the opportunity to finish the painting while the fixture was down.

So nice to have that pink out there!


Here are some close ups…

You can see how the roughed up brush creates the details

Random strokes

Don’t plan every brush stroke 🙂

I also went ahead and did the boys’ bathroom fixture while I was at it:



LOL!  Don’t you love the random light bulbs!  I’ve been replacing the old light bulbs when they burn out with the Energy Saver Light Bulbs….

So, there you have it.  It took me about an hour from start to finish per light fixture.  Including  cleaning it, spraying it, drying it, and painting with the metallic paint.

Totally NOT hard to do and what a DIFFERENCE it makes to a room!

Just think, if you have chrome/brushed nickel as a theme in your home, you can spray paint any ugly brass fixtures the same to go along with the rest of the house.

The best part is that it doesn’t cost much at all and you can have it done in less than a hour!

note:: I would normally prime the piece to ensure extra adherence, however, I figured that since it won’t be touched at all so there wouldn’t be any risk to having the paint come off {and plus, I didn’t have any in my paint stash … LOL}


xo Tara


  1. I am so impressed! They look like brand new light fixtures. We have this horrendous shiny brass chandelier in our dining room, and I think this is the perfect remedy.

  2. I love how they turned out! I did this to the horrible gold 80’s chandelier in our dining room – except even easier, all I did was buy black spray paint with texture in it. I liked how it looked so much I’ve never bothered to buy a fancy new one.

  3. OH YES PLEASE,,, I’ve done this with my ceiling fans too, and it DID make such a difference. You have like COMPLETELy new light fixtures, YAY.

    GREAT job!!!!

    Bella 🙂

  4. Omg, that looks so much better! I have light fixtures just like those and hate the color, I may have to try this!

  5. Hmmm…..maybe instead of replacing the God-awful one in our master bath, I should just paint it…it’s worth a shot, if I hate it, I can go buy new…our bathroom is in sad shape…I really need to get started on sprucing it up, thanks for showing us yours!

    • You can do it!!! It’s just the initial ‘doing’ it that is the hard part. But once you get it down and painted, you’ll think to yourself, ‘why didn’t I do that sooner, it was so easy!’

  6. Wow I love it! The antique technique you did look great. Don’t you love what a big difference a little paint can do?!

  7. Yup, I did this too. Saved myself about $100 on a new fixture. Yours turned out great!

  8. It looks like new! ~now my delima is all the faucets that are still shiny brass.
    A friday’s favorite for sure 🙂

  9. I did something like this when we were selling our house. Thanks for sharing over at Tuesday Tell All.

  10. Looks great. Definitely needed a little paint to spruce it up a bit. Gives me motivation to do mine – except I just need to replace my fixtures – nasty standard builder cheapo things. Love paint!!!

  11. I love how they turned out! They look amazing!!


  12. Wow, wonderful transformation! It looks totally different, what a GREAT job! Thanks for sharing this with us! Debbie @ Cottage Hann~Me~Downs

  13. Make over is fantastic.

    I have been itching to “re-do” our masterbath fixtures which are the brass/gold finish. Even the faucet, pop-up and shut-off valves :O

    It was a popular finish way back when and it seems like a waste to replace with new. Now I can show hubs how great it could look. Thanks!

  14. That’s awesome! I, too, have awful brass fixtures in every single bathroom (and the kitchen, too) of my 1990-ish house. I will have to try this!

  15. All I can say is WOW!!! I would have never thought to do that, I’m totally in awe! I wish I would have thought about that before we redid the bathrooms. Thanks for sharing, visiting from Tatertots & Jello.

  16. Rachael@Lovely Crafty Home says:

    Love the new color!! I would have just gone with ORB spray paint and called it a day, but I think the extra hand brushing really made a difference! Thanks for linking up 🙂

  17. Wow looks great! Isnt it funny how we live with something so long and then viola–we finally tackle it and are so happy! So much better!

  18. Looks fantastic! Would love to try this but have no idea how to take down and reinstall the fixtures.

  19. Awesome!!

    Thanks for linking up! I featured your post in my wrap up post

  20. Great job, Tara! They look brand new!!! Very chic, too. I painted my hubby’s bathroom lights last summer which were an ugly bright chrome. What a difference a little paint does. My lights are next on the agenda….as soon as the snow melts here…… lol!

    xoxo laurie

  21. This is exactly what I plan to do with our bathroom fixtures as soon as it gets warmer out! Ours are brass too and I hate them!

    These look great!

  22. It is just AMAZING what some paint can do!!!

  23. Wow! That looks awesome now. I have never thought of doing something like that, but I so like the way it looks now.

    I would love to have you link this to my link party.

  24. I love paint! What a difference. I hate throwing perfectly good things away…great save…it looks marvelous!

  25. So awesome! You might have just saves me more than a few pennies!
    Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can’t wait to see what you have for next week!

  26. has anyone ever tried this with bathroom faucets? I’m wondering if it stands up to everyday use. Love this idea!

    • Hi Jennifer, I am positive people have spray painted their faucets. I can’t speak for them as far as how long they’ve stood up to the wear and tear of the constant water exposure and use, but I’m sure it’s very durable if applied correctly and allowed to dry appropriately. Happy painting! xo

  27. Donna Jeffrey says:

    Do you think I could do this to my brass / glass shower door?

    • Donna, you definitely can do it on your shower. Just make sure to plastic off areas where you don’t want the overspray to go. Good luck! xo

  28. Can you paint brass fixtures on the bathroom sink?

  29. I know this is an old post, but I found via pinterest. It looks great! I have a brass bed frame that was a hand-me-down from a friend and I’ve been wracking my brain on how to spruce it up- this looks like the perfect solution! How would you recommend priming brass so that it would hold up to regular touching? Would you recommend a clear cover coat as well? Thanks!

    • Hi Julia! Yes, you could use a spray primer and then paint it. You could also use a spray clear coat as well. I would recommend getting one that does not yellow (it should say on the can or you can ask someone). Happy painting!


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