Before. After.


A 1930s Spanish-Revival chandelier by Virden. What captured my special attention (besides that all the original bits were in situ) was the fact that the sockets were inexplicably upside-down. And, the original black finish had been spray-painted gold! Well, these affronts just HAD to be remedied!



And so they were. The sockets are now facing down, and classic back has returned, all as God intended. OK, my good deed is done for the month. Off to a beach I go for the next thirty days!


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  1. Kelly on January 1, 2016 at 9:23 pm

    Oh WOW! I’m trying to justify buying this even though we don’t have a house yet! lol


    • Ross on January 1, 2016 at 9:51 pm

      Well Kelly, for YOU….

      • Kelly on January 1, 2016 at 10:08 pm

        Highly tempting! But I’d hate to end up buying a 1970’s ranch (or worse a 1990’s breadbox), the house would not do this light justice!

  2. on January 2, 2016 at 11:12 am

    I bought a similar fixture with upside down sockets – the elderly gentleman I bought it from said he had rewired it like that decades earlier so that the exposed bulbs didn’t shine right in his eyes – I guess with them facing upwards they cast a more indirect light? A reasonable thing, but the shadows it cast would have driven me nuts.

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