A Red Delicious


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Ages ago I purchased six matching kitchen-style ceiling lights. And they have been tucked in a corner ever since, dirty and unrestored.

The issue was the steel shades. They were caked with flat white paint applied with a bad brush! I knew they would be a ton of work to restore so the set just sat and sat and sat.

But now, with sales nonexistent, I have some time on my hands! I dragged out the set and got to work on one fixture. A priority was to see if I could ascertain the original color. And I did find traces of…oh…oh!…red!

This made sense as the fixtures are late 1940s. My parent’s owned a house built in the late 1940s and the kitchen had drawer handles of chrome and red Bakelite. The original ceiling fixture was long gone but had it also been red?

Well, wanna see the results? Scroll way down…






























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  1. Sharon Brause on April 7, 2020 at 5:27 am

    Totally Jetsons!

  2. Derek Walvoord on April 7, 2020 at 9:10 am

    Those are terrific! I love that style sensibility! This does seem to be a time for taking a breath and getting on with back-burnered projects! Those look great.

  3. SANDY BURKE on April 7, 2020 at 9:38 am

    BEAUTIFUL……LOVE THEM ROSS…! I’m sure you’re inspired to restore them all, they’re gorgeous.

  4. Linda in Ohio on April 7, 2020 at 11:17 am

    love them! it’s very hard to find light fixture information from the early 40s to the 50s. Mid Century Modern is very, very popular right now. I’m sure these will sell fairly fast.

    • Ross on April 7, 2020 at 11:20 am

      My sales have just vanished, so I hope you are correct, Linda!

  5. Dan Goodall-Williams on April 7, 2020 at 2:51 pm

    This is an awesome light, wow!

  6. Suzanne on April 8, 2020 at 10:02 am

    Oooooh I love that. It looks like a flying saucer. I will watch out for the listing!

    • Suzanne on April 22, 2020 at 9:22 pm

      My early birthday present! It is gorgeous. Photos here on my pc look a bit matt, terracotta red. In real life it is a shiny fire-engine red shade! Although hard to tell unless it is in strong outside light. Perfect above my office desk next to the open plan kitchen. I also think it would work in a foyer even a small dining room. I really love it!!

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