Easy DIY Oil Rubbed Bronze Light Fixture

easy DIY oil rubbed bronze light fixture

If you are a homeowner of a house that had any updates done in the 90’s, then you have shiny brass fixtures…EVERYWHERE. Door handles, light fixtures, drawer pulls, sink faucets, EVERYTHING. The house I grew up in was built in the 90’s and my momma loved her some shiny brass. I’m certain that every single fixture, save for maybe one room, was shiny brass. I know that the raw/shiny brass look is coming back in style, but it just wasn’t going to work for my farmhouse inspired decor. It had to go.

Shiny Brass Light FixtureThere she is…in all of her glory.

When we first moved into our house three years ago, we started to slowly replace every door handle. We swapped the shiny brass for oil rubbed bronze and it instantly made a difference. Our house was slowly coming together, but then, as with most new houses, other projects started to take priority.  This year I finally got my act together. I decided to do something about these outdated fixtures, but I had to stick to a tight budget. Luckily we live an age where DIY has been simplified by things like spray paint that looks like oil rubbed bronze (or whatever finish you are looking for) instead of purchasing a whole new fixture. I researched different options and finally came across Rust-Oleum Universal All Surface Spray Paint in Oil Rubbed Bronze Metallic. I hopped on over to my local Home Depot and grabbed a can, came home, and got to work.

This is truly the easiest DIY project I have ever done. So much so that I feel silly even writing out a whole blog post about it, but y’all, this was life changing! Okay, not really LIFE changing, but I’ll take paying $6 over $65 for a new light fixture any day. Not to mention I get to now re-do a vanity light, three fans, all of our door hinges, and cabinet handles for JUST $6! Can you tell I’m excited? If you’re ready to transform your house with this easy fix, keep scrolling down for a quick tutorial. Feel free to comment with photos of your updates!

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1 can Rust-Oleum Universal All Surface Spray Paint in Oil Rubbed Bronze

1 180-220 grit sanding block

Soap and Water


  1. Carefully disconnect your light fixture (if doing a light fixture) and clean well with soap and water.
  2. Put down a trash bag or tarp outdoors in an area that is safe to use spray paint in.
  3. Sand down all sides of your light fixture (only the metal part you wish to spray paint). Wash with soap and water again to remove residue and dry.
  4. Cover light sockets with tape and cover any wiring. You do not want to spray paint into these areas.
  5. Spray all sides/parts of fixture. Let dry for 1 hour. Flip over any part that did not get sprayed and spray again. Let dry for another hour. If you need a second coat, repeat until all surface area has been covered on the light fixture.
  6. Let dry for 24 hours, then reassemble/reattach light fixture.