Before. After.


I found this online. Kinda scary, right? But the price was quite good. Still…the finish scared me. Was it spray-painted gold? If so, ugh. A nightmare to remove. Still…the price was good. So, I took a chance and purchased it.



And may ye faith be rewarded! Wow! The “gold” finish proved to be decades of nicotine! Ugh! I took the whole thing apart, washed each part, and scrubbed every bit with a Magic Eraser (love love love Magic Eraser!). Under, was the original finish, a kinda pewter, and gold! Lovely!



Yummy. I love the detailing in high relief!







My online vintage lighting store.






  1. Cindi M on November 14, 2016 at 6:06 am

    That is amazing. Just the solid metal tassel got me. And then you focused on the high-relief area. That is a work of art. And so graceful. Just beautiful.
    Ugh, nicotine. Sticky, yucky nicotine. I sure hope you were wearing gloves. Stains your hands and some must get absorbed into the bloodstream through the skin. All those years of living with a smoker and working in offices where smoking at your desk was a God-given right! That old, moldy, yucky, nose-burning smell of abandoned buildings must be in part from nicotine.

  2. Tiffaney on November 14, 2016 at 4:09 pm

    EW! Good grief. This was truly a rescue mission. Well done!

  3. Seth Hoffman on November 15, 2016 at 3:55 pm

    Looks great! The pan lights I’m restoring for our house have a very similar finish (polished brass details with matte goldish paint finish on the majority).

    They also have cast metal tassels 🙂

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