Before. After.

Whenever I do a day road trip I try to come home with at least one old light. Thus, when I restore the light and sell it through my e-commerce store, I can offset the cost of the day trip.

Like this past Friday. I went to Kansas City to pick up some custom-milled lumber for the Cross House. Stopping at numerous antique stores though I did not find any old lighting of interest.

Finally, I spotted an unprepossessing possibility. Well, I was now a bit desperate. The fixture was simple and looked like tarnished brass. Without enthusiasm I walked over and looked closer. Meh. But it did retain its original finial, chain, and ceiling canopy. So, that was good. At least. I calculated what I might be able to sell it for. Not much. But it would at least pay for the gas, lunch, and a bit of my time. Sigh. It was better than nothing I guess. And the price was good.

I pulled the chandelier off its hook and walked towards the cashier.

While walking I noticed something about the chandelier which got me quite excited. Then later I noticed something else which got me really excited.



See what I mean? Meh.


Meh. But…wanna see the shocking after? Scroll way down…






















ZOUNDS! Who knew!!!!!!!!


As I walked towards the cashier I realized that the meh chandelier was originally a crystal chandelier as I spotted the many tiny tell-tale mounting holes! Oh! A crystal chandelier!!!!!!!!


Then, when I got home, I realized that the dull brass was actually old varnish over SILVER PLATE!


In short, meh was transformed into wow!

After the chandelier was restored and hanging and lighted I sat back in my office chair rapt with a kinda awe.





My online vintage lighting store.







  1. Connie in Hartwood on January 29, 2017 at 10:08 am

    Beautiful! You’re the chandelier whisperer.

  2. Seth Hoffman on January 29, 2017 at 11:17 am

    Wow, I would not have guessed that was silver at all!

    Probably varnished gold with the crystals removed to imitate the plain bright brass that was so popular in the 80s, I’m guessing? Kind of funny how that turned a beautiful fixture into looking like something builder-grade.

  3. Carolyn Brown on March 4, 2017 at 1:54 pm

    Maybe a dumb question but will the silver tarnish and have to be polished or do you seal it with something. I love the chandelier but don’t picture myself climbing a ladder to polish it.

    • Ross on March 4, 2017 at 2:40 pm

      The chandelier can be sealed.

      However, it would only need polishing once a year. It takes about ten minutes. The polish (actually a liquid) instantly removes the tarnish. Then you just have to wipe it down with a slightly damp cloth. Again, like ten minutes total.

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