Step 1. Buy a house built in 1982 on a beautiful park like 2 acres.
Step 2. Realize there is a whole lot of updating required on a house built in 1982 and proceed to spend all your spare money and the next 8 years tearing down wood paneling and brass fixtures.
Step 3. Run out of money before you have finished.
Step 4. Buy a can of spray paint in “Oil Rubbed Bronze” to match the fixtures you bought before you ran out of money.
Step 5. Take down ugly brass chandelier in entry way. I recommend turning the lights off first. Turning off circuit breakers is also recommended but if your husband is doing it and he’s well insured this is an optional step.
Step 6. Remove the glass panels and tape off anything you don’t want to get painted (light bulb connections, wire tips, etc.)
Step 7. Set up a paint station (I recommend Charlie’s paint in a box method) and spray an even coat of paint.
Step 8. Repeat as necessary to ensure there is no brass peeking through.
Step 9. Touch up the spots where you touched it before waiting the recommended 30 minutes (optional step).
Step 10. While that is drying, peruse pinterest for ideas on creating a new shade or updating the glass shade.
Step 11. Decide to decopauge tissue style paper over the glass shades so it will still let a lot of light through. I happened to remember that almost 14 years ago while in Korea adopting our daughter we ran across a little shop in the art district of Seoul with handmade paper that I just HAD to have and which has been sitting in my craft supply box waiting for inspiration since that time. If you are less of a random craft item hoarder than I am then you will need to go buy tissue paper, scrapbook paper or fabric in the color and print that matches your style.
Step 12. Cut down your paper/fabric to the size of the glass panels and using your most patient and detailed decopauge method (tips here), carefully apply the paper to the inside of the panels. Recoat as necessary (Mine took 3 coats)
Step 13. Drop one of the glass panels and break off a corner. (Optional step. I don’t actually recommend this one but I was committed to laying out all the steps I took).
Step 14. If your husband failed to electrocute himself dissembling the light fixture, convince him to rewire the newly painted and now oil rubbed bronze rather than brass fixture. I don’t recommend flicking on the light switch in an absent minded effort to provide him more working light (I didn’t actually do this, but I DID catch myself walking towards the switch… More than once.)
Step 15. Rehang the decopauged glass panels and step back and admire your funky new one of a kind no longer 80’s brass entry way chandelier.