Does completing two projects qualify as a streak? I’ve just finished my second session of stripping and restoring the old hardware from around the house, and I’m on a roll.
First I cleaned some window hardware a few weeks ago. Now in the last few days I decided to tackle one of my most hated house parts: the front entry light. Yes, I really hated this light. It was caked in off-white paint that looked cheap and terrible, and with its fake tassel, I didn’t think it was much of a stylistic match for the house. But it is one of just a few original fixtures left in the house. If this light has survived the purges that did away with the other original fixtures, I figure it has earned its place.
After removal and disassembly, I treated the parts to a nice long bath in boiling water and baking soda. Then I scrubbed out any paint bits with a cut-off detail brush, and polished the brass with fine steel wool. Bright brass would really stand out in my bungalow, so I used antiquing solution to darken the base and canopy to a deep brown, but I left some of the details bright to provide a bit of contrast. When I was satisfied with the finish, everything got wiped with 3-in-1 oil.
I’m still not convinced a fake tassel belongs on a bungalow light fixture, but the refinished fixture is now handsome enough to return to its post welcoming guests at the front door.
As an aside, when I removed the light, I could see holes around the electrical box from multiple lamp installations. I still think this fixture is original to the house both because of its age, and because I can make all the multiple hole sets in the ceiling line up with this lamp by rotating it to a few different positions. I’m left to conclude that while I am the first person to restore the lamp, I’m not the first to temporarily remove it.