A Moderne Stunner


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For many years I had a light in a box in my vast storage vaults.

The circa-1940 Moderne fixture needed a lot of work. The original finish was shot which meant that the whole fixture would have to be taken apart, the components stripped, cleaned and primed, and repainted. Ugh.

Normally, I avoid fixtures requiring so much attention. But this fixture? Well, how could I pass it up? It was pretty remarkable.

Still, it sat on shelf for years.

Then, a few weeks ago, I needed to move the dusty box and, as I was about to put it on its new shelf, I thought: No! Do NOT keep ignoring this potential beauty! 

Sigh. So, I hauled the box into my office with the thought that if I just spent a little bit of time on it every day, just a little bit, every day, it would in a few weeks actually get done. And this, certainly, was better than sitting many more years on a shelf.

And this thought proved correct…






Extraordinaire! I feel quite victorious.




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  1. Kelly P. on March 20, 2018 at 8:48 am

    You did a really nice job Ross.

  2. Sandra Lee on March 20, 2018 at 5:09 pm

    Remarkably wonderful job—well done Ross!

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