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Spray Paint Brass

Hello my thrifty loving friends! It’s time for the Thrift Store Decor team to share ideas that anyone can recreate! I don’t want to tell you how long I’ve had these lights, but I am so happy that I finally gave them a makeover! Let me show you how to spray paint brass. I should say brass looking, they are not true brass.

flat black bedside lamps are perfect for the farmhouse

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Bedroom lights an easy makeover for above the bed

I purchased several of these brass-like fixtures from a hotel liquidation store. They were $2.50 each – can you believe it!! I had to pick through them to find ones in good shape but they were well worth it. If you’re ever in Forsyth Georgia, be sure to stop by Cash Liquidations.

Here’s my assistant Rowdy, checking out the brass light fixtures. I should give him the sand paper so he can sand the other one.

(Rowdy is my Mama’s dog, she moved in to our farmhouse cottage recently. Murphy is loving having another dog around.)


  1. Prep – Lightly sand the fixture with 120-220 grit sand paper.
  2. Wrap areas that you don’t want spray painted with painters tape.
  3. Spray paint according to the directions on the can. Trust me on this one. If it says you can re-coat after one hour or 24 hours, be sure to do that!

This was so simple and makes a huge difference in the look of the light. The flat black paint makes it looks more expensive than the shiny fake brass. For this project I used the Rust-oleum 2X paint and primer in flat black. It covered great!

How to prep for spray paint

Lights makeover for the bedroom

Our downstairs guest room is not huge and hanging these lights above the bed was perfect for saving space on the night stands.

formally brass these lights are perfect now after a little spray paint

I am slowly working my way around the house trying to give each room a little farmhouse personality. Now that we finished the back porch project and the farmhouse cottage, I can get busy with the main house. Most everything in here is from my previous guest room, including my favorite cow art.

Farmhouse bedroom with lights above the bed

The flat black spray paint over the shiny brass makes them look almost like wrought iron.

Light and bright farmhouse bedroom with flat black lights above the bed

When we first moved in, the whole room was all natural wood, I had the walls painted because I felt like I was in a cabin in Montana! Several people told me that I was crazy for painting that awesome wood, but you know what? I love it!!

Lamps above the bed in the farmhouse bedroom

Thanks so much for stopping by and checking out my ‘Spray Paint Brass” project, now go visit my friends and see what they did with their Thrift Store finds!!

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Spray Paint Brass – Me Refresh Restyle

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  1. They look brand new and very stylish with those pretty lamp shades. I like the idea of saving space by hanging them on the wall too! Forsyth, Ga. is only about 30-45 minutes from me! Small world! I have never been to Cash Liquidators but I see now that I need to plan a trip! So glad you share with us at the Merry Monday party.

  2. Love it They sure are perfect in the room.
    I love the ceiling and the wall treatment too. Super gorge!!

  3. Great project! I wouldn’t have given those lamps a second look. But you could visualize the makeover.

    It seems to me like the shades don’t go with anything else in the room, though. Have you tho’t of using just an off-white shade maybe? Or maybe a soft rose or green color, with or without a subtle pattern.
    That’s just a suggestion.

  4. Debbie,

    I’m so happy you painted the walls…. they look great. I love, love, love the spray painted brass lights.



  5. Your lamps are amazing I’m a big believer of using thrift store makeovers but I think I would have pasted these right up Good for you seeing the great potential. I’m in the process of decorating my new home with al. Thrift store or other thrifty finds. It’s been quite fun!!!

  6. Love your wall sconce makeover – the black looks fabulous. Where did you find the cute shades?

  7. So pretty Debbie – I love the flat black!

  8. I like the flat black finish very much. It is quite an improvement over the brass. I love refurbishing old things and continuing to put them to good use. By the way, love your cow pic over the bed! Great choice in headboard and bedding also. I like your taste.

  9. They turned out so great! I love those walls too!

  10. I’ve done that with an old chandelier and it looks great too! I love the sconces and they look perfect in your guest room!

    I’m so glad you painted the walls! I would have done that too! The ceiling looks great left natural.

    I’m relatively new to your blog and am enjoying it!

  11. Your room looks Awesome! I love the paint on the walls!! The lamps are adorable the paint turned our great!


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