I read online that you should leaved the old light bulbs in, so that the spray paint wouldn't get inside the sprockets. Genius. So I enlisted the help of one of James' electrician friends to take it down from the ceiling (because we had NO idea how to!), then I cleaned it really well outside and sprayed away. So nasty - but because it was dark and on my cell cam, these pics just don't do justice:
As soon as I sprayed the first coat on, it was a HUGE improvement. The color was just perfect. Over the next few hours, I gave it 2 more coats and one more the next morning - the transformation was almost complete. The I sprayed the little white covers to make them like new and replaced out the old bulbs with new ones.
I held it while James screwed it back into the ceiling and was all giddy once it was hanging beautifully over our dining table, YAY! Aint she purty now?! I think so :-)