Brass light fixtures weather quickly out in the elements, so repainting them is a quick, inexpensive way to revive them.
Start by turning off the power to the fixture at the circuit breaker panel before removing the mounting screws.
I considered a new cabinet but they were 100$ and mine isn't in bad shape (not to mention the headache of a tear out and replacement)I knew that the brushed nickel spray paint was an option, however I just spent all that time and money putting in chrome. I taped it off, and I also covered up pretty much every surface in the bathroom since I didn't want chrome anywhere else.
First up: Remove I am taking out as much needless brass to just knock down the sheer volume of the shiny metal in this place. It is a GIANT pain in the butt to bathe your kids in a tub with a door. Second: Replace I am replacing all the fixtures that are outdated and where a coat of paint just won't update it.
This includes things like faucets, switchplates and light fixtures.
We just opted for indigo blue spray paint and added a giant drum shade to our old brass friend. So even though the chandelier and I weren’t on speaking terms, after a brainstorming phone call with Katie B, Sherry convinced me that we should do our darndest to work with what we have. See, we already spray painted a brass chandelier like this in our last dining room, so this time we wanted to do a bit more than just add a fresh coat of paint.
So we decided to attempt to “modernize” it a bit by tweaking the silhouette, adding a big white drum shade around it, and bringing in some sophisticated-yet-kinda-unexpected color.
Next up on the list of things to paint is all the interior door knobs (since at 20$ a set, it would be in excess of 00 to replace ever single interior and exterior door and closet knob in the house.) Also, as mentioned previously, I am also using the same technique to give myself brushed nickel hardware on my cabinets when they get repainted.
Option 4: Cover Up So after all that, what brass is left in my bathroom? I am not going to paint it (although I could) but instead I am going to use some crown molding and frame out the mirror to make it look less like a sheet of plate glass.Luckily we had no trouble finding a jumbo shade at our first shopping stop, which is a local favorite of ours (The Decorating Outlet which we’ve probably mentioned ten million times – it’s also where we found Clara’s capiz chandelier and the shade for the pendant we made in our last office/guest room).The best part was that it was miraculously large enough (it had to be at least 24″ wide and it was exactly that).For example check out this lovely bathroom combination of brass switchplates, faucet, vanity lighting, mirror and medicine cabinet, (plus, of course, lovely golden oak!)This was really a nightmare because the valve which supports the shower handle would only accept Price Pfister faucets manufactured before 1994. Option 3: Repaint This is the cheapest option (other than remove) and although it isn't as nice as having new fixtures, it is pretty darn close.Alternate punny post title: The Updated Light Fixture Blues. As a refresher, here’s what was there before (remember to ignore the lack of height due to the too-small frames leaning against the wall instead of proper hanging art and those we-probably-won’t-keep-them lamps on either side of our new desk).