Step 1: Using blue painters tape, tape off the electrical cord and bulb socket.
Step 2: With fine sandpaper, lightly sand the lamp or brass item, making sure to hit all of the profiles. This will help with adhesion of the paint and make sure the surface is smooth.
Step 3: Using a high quality spray paint in the color of your choosing, I chose Rust-Oleum, spray a primer coat onto the entire lamp, taking care to evenly coat it and avoid drips or runs. Allow to dry completely, overnight.
Step 4: Lightly sand the primer coat, dust off and spray another coat of paint. Allow to dry completely, overnight.
Step 5: Spray a 3rd coat of paint if necessary. You want to make sure there is an even, thick coat of paint over the entire surface. After it is dry, remove the blue painters tape and it is ready for use.