So, what's involved in taking this clunky hunk of metal from dull to decorator-friendly? About seven hours and dozens of steps. The pictures below give you an idea of how this process works.
|Our latest project, this Arts & Crafts style light fixture arrived to our shop with bent socket covers, twisted arms, and a not-so-flattering paint job, all of which were in need of some dire help.|
|We start the restoration process by taking the light fixture apart. By doing this we can assess all of the fixture's needs, and determine what is salvageable and what needs to be replaced.|
|Then we strip the disassembled light fixture of all of its paint and clean the metal using a wire brush. At this time was also heat the metal and remove any dings, dents, twists or bends, and add the finished patina.|
|After the light fixture has been bent back into shape, our Lighting Specialist, Bill Weber begins reassembling the light fixture piece by piece checking it for any dings or dents he may have missed before he starts the rewiring process.|
|After the new wiring and sockets have been added for safety, we check the wiring with a test-run to make sure each socket is functioning properly. Then we select period-specific antique shades to accompany the finished light fixture.|
|And, finally after all of that work, our once ugly eyesore of a light fixture emerges as a one-of-a-kind Arts & Crafts charmer!|