Here are some before photos of what I was working with:
There was a lot of peeling paint, the glass was dirty and the screws holding the top of the lamp post on were really gnarly (they were painted over once before, and the threading on the screws was stripped). So, I scraped off all the peeling paint, lightly sanded it, cleaned it with a wet rag, and washed the glass inserts.
Then, I used rustoleum black paint, which gives the fixture more of a black iron look:
Let the top and bottom parts of the light fixture dry separately:
Lastly, put the glass inserts back in and screwed the top and bottom of the fixture together. So much better!
I just love that black iron look compared to the white (chippy) paint, so much better! The project took about 2 hours to complete, including drying time.
The only thing I would do differently next time is wait for a day where there is no wind, but I just couldn't help myself and felt like I needed to complete it that very day. With so much wind, that meant I was closer to the fixture than normal, which gave me a few runny spots. Luckily I was able to catch most of them, and you can only see them up close. Overall it was a really nice, easy weekend project!
Now, all that's missing is some patio furniture. Coming soon!