Oil Rubbed Bronze Light Fixture
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Oil Rubbed Bronze Light Fixture

Update an out-of-date light fixture and inexpensively refresh your décor. Try this technique on kitchen and bath hardware, too.

Designed by Pete Rossi, courtesy of Krylon®.

Craft Time: 60+ minutes
Uses Recycled Items: No
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Material List

  • Krylon® Indoor/Outdoor Primer - Black
  • Krylon® General Purpose Metallic - Copper Metallic
  • Krylon® Brushed Metallic - Oil Rubbed Bronze
  • Chandelier
  • Sandpaper, 220 Grit
  • Masking Tape
  • Newspaper
  • Plastic Grocery Bags
  • Drop Cloth

Project Instructions

Cover your work surface with old newspaper or a drop cloth to protect it from overspray.

Disassemble fixture, removing bulbs, glass globes, plastic pieces and other items that do not require painting. Thoroughly clean all pieces that you will be painting so they are free of grease, film, dust, and lint.

If necessary, use newspaper or plastic grocery bags and masking tape to mask off all areas that will not be painted.

Position fixture so that all surfaces to be painted are accessible.

Following the instructions on the can, apply the black primer first. Use short sweeping strokes to prevent overspray. Apply several light coats versus one heavy coat. If paint is applied too heavily, it might puddle or run; if this happens, sand smooth and reapply primer. Let dry.

Paint fixture with Copper paint, covering all surfaces. Again, use several light coats. Let dry.

Lightly spray with Oil Rubbed Bronze, allowing the Copper paint to show through on some edges and surfaces. Let dry. Examine finish to determine if an additional coat is needed. Proceed carefully, as the more coats of Oil Rubbed Bronze applied, the darker the finish and the less Copper patina you’ll see.

*NOTE: Consider practicing your technique on a disposable surface first, to determine the color and patina you prefer.

When desired patina or color is achieved, let dry. Remove all masking tape and reassemble fixture.


The more time spent in preparation, the better the results.

If possible, suspending the fixture so that all surfaces are free and accessible makes the painting easier.