Before. After.


My online vintage lighting store.


This 1920s fixture sat FOREVER in my storage vaults. I have utterly no memory of when I purchased it. The fixture, obviously, needed a LOT of work and I would feel faint every time I looked at it. So Much Work. But, two days ago, I thought: ENOUGH! Do something with the poor dear! Well, wanna see the results? Scroll down…and prepare to GASP!





















I know! GASP!


Under all the dirt was a unique silver finish, and with gold and emerald accents.


LOVE the amber sphere!


For all these years I had assumed that the fixture was gold and the silver base was a later bad spray job. But it developed that most of the fixture WAS silver originally. So, I carefully recreated the original polychrome color scheme.

I didn’t think the end result would look good, and worried that I might have to redo the whole thing. Argh! I was so not looking forward to this. But, only after I hung the fixture, and stepped back, did I think: Oh! This is friggin’ gorgeous!

Silver was an unusual color choice during the era, although one company, Riddle, specialized in silvery fixtures.


My online vintage lighting store.





  1. Gabi on April 4, 2018 at 2:22 pm

    Lovely!! I hate to think how many are thrown out as junk for looking like that.

  2. Dan Goodall-Williams on April 4, 2018 at 3:01 pm

    I love the emerald accents. Really pretty. Great job!

  3. Carolyn on April 6, 2018 at 4:24 pm

    I can’t believe it’s even the same fixture. I sure wish I had a period correct house to put it in!

  4. Suzanne on April 16, 2018 at 9:30 pm

    That must be so satisfying….one of the most extreme transformations.

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