This is the original fixture (before the mirror frame was added). I did not sand or prime it (since it won't be touched) or take it down (I just taped around it and removed the light globes). I used the stipple painting technique again so it has texture.
This is after the brown (no mirror frame up yet).
As you can see its a little flat at this point. Then I drybrushed the whole thing with the lighter metallic bronze craft paint to give it shine and interest, then I highlighted with Modern Options Sophisticated Finishes Blackened Bronze (its darker, so it gives it more richness and helps it coordinate with the darker frame and iron piece). Notice the frame is on the mirror now : )
Here's the before and after shot (quite a difference!).
Another 7 years and counting...at least I know the finish lasts : ) Good luck painting yours!