Dayna and I have been feverishly working to remove all traces of the 1980's brass that our place has been infested with. After a long hard struggle it is all gone! Rather than go out and buy all new light fixtures we thought it would be worth it to try out the $6 spay paint method. We painted them flat black, and then again with a brown "hammered" metallic finish. I'm pretty happy about how they turned out. Here's before, after and the fixture mounted. We may look at replacing them eventually, but this makes them a much lower priority.