Before. After. The Unwanted Bundle.

I purchased, on-line, a bundle of old lights. They all looked pretty bad. Included was a pair of 2-bulb pendants. When I come across fixtures in this condition I feel like I have come across a box of puppies, sick and sad looking, and my reaction is: Must Save! MUST SAVE!

I purchased, on-line, a bundle of old lights. They all looked pretty bad. Included was a pair of 2-bulb pendants. When I come across fixtures in this condition I feel like I have come across a box of puppies, sick and sad looking, and my reaction is: Must Save! MUST SAVE!

 

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After some artful restoration, the 2-bulb pendants did not look too bad! The brass was a bit mottled under the old paint but I kinda liked this, and was loath to polish the brass to Like New perfection. I did repaint the center as this looked like it had the measles!

 

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Lovely. Right? The new cloth wiring is the perfect final touch. The original chains were corroded, but the new chain exactly matches in terms of scale and shape. No cheap Home Depot chain on my babies!

 

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5 Comments

  1. Sharol on September 17, 2015 at 11:22 pm

    Looks fantastic!!

  2. Barb Sanford on September 17, 2015 at 11:28 pm

    I didn’t even notice the cloth wiring until you pointed it out. I was too distracted by the brassy beauty of it all.

  3. Kelly D on September 18, 2015 at 9:55 am

    Beautiful! When I buy an old light fixture I still want it to look old, glad you didn’t super polish it.

    • Ross on September 18, 2015 at 10:07 am

      A lot of people who restore old lighting polish back to Bright Brass. Even though the fixtures may well have been bright brass originally, lighting levels were MUCH lower a century ago than they are today, so I find that bright brass looks, well, too much.

      I love looking at a fixture and knowing without question: That is vintage!

      But with new wiring!

  4. ovedia on September 21, 2015 at 5:33 pm

    It looks just like the one that used to be in my living room, as shown in old photos. Our original was sold on eBay by former owners.., maybe you bought it?!?

    Do you have any advice for finding out more info on old fixtures? We just bought one that we’d love to know the age/value of .

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