Boy...I didn't anticipate so many impassioned comments to my little light fixture. The bathroom is a long-term work-in-progress and we're approaching it with the work-with-what-we-have budget and wiring at the moment... Hope to keep the AT gang updated as the entire project progresses over the year(s) and the "tough" crowd will be open to what I learn as we go along!
To conclude...It just needed a good coat of paint to match the wall. Here's how I did it:
1. Remove face plate from light fixture
2. Spray face plate with one coat of primer (use outdoors only!), let dry completely
3. Roll paint on to face plate, let dry completely (it needed 3 coats to completely cover)
4. Replace face plate, replace light bulbs and admire handiwork!
(Note: the lamp recommends three 100 watt bulbs. I used 20 watt bulbs and find the light entirely bright enough.)