Would you have bought this sad looking light fixture for just under $8? Well, I did and then I wondered why, thinking that no manner of refurbishing could ever make it worthy to be hung in any decent dwelling. Robert usually wonders about my flea market finds, even when I'm confident that something good will come them. I had no such confidence with this sow's ear.
Most any of us would have sent this thing to the dump. It was put together all wrong. After fooling around with it for awhile, I figured out how it should be assembled. Then I took a picture of it so I could remember how to reassemble it after taking it apart for painting.
The first thing I did after dismantling it was to clean each part separately. Then I spay painted it with a white primer (Rust-oleum Ultra Cover Primer). After the primer dried, I sprayed each separate part with Rust-oleum Ultra Cover Heirloom White in the satin finish. I really like this white. And even though I was going from black to white, I only used one coat of primer and one of the heirloom white. As the white coat went on I was beginning to see a glimmer of hope.
Now it was time to reassemble and rewire the lamp. In reassembling it, I kept forgetting to include all the parts. It took four times putting it together. Each time before the fourth and final attempt, I'd realize that I left a part out or threaded a part onto the cord upside down, etc. Then I'd have to take it all apart and start again. Whew! That was one of the most challenging things about redoing the lamp.
After the lamp was reassembled 5 four-inch socket covers were added over the sockets and then 5 forty-watt bent crystal chandelier light bulbs were screwed in. I did not yet have the little lamp shades (found those later at Goodwill for 99 cents each), but when I plugged it in, it was so dazzlingly beautiful and I was so thrilled with the results that I woke Robert up from a dead sleep to show him. He was amazed.
My new treasure was originally intended for my sewing room, but Robert thought it was just too pretty to hide in a bedroom (now converted to sewing room). So we put it in the little room off the kitchen where the china cabinet is. See it for yourself below. From a sow's ear to a silk purse! What do you think?