My grandpa is an avid garage saler and known for bringing family members surprise "gifts" that he thinks we'll like. Fortunately I LOVE this about him because I am a big fan of all things old and beat-up. At the shower this weekend he dropped off this interesting salvage from my aunt's old house:
I started by taking the whole thing apart. I needed to remove all the electrical components so I could replace the white tubes with candles! I also took out the black glass panels since I wanted to replace them with clear glass.
Here's what I found inside the base of the fixture:
The wires ran up the white tubes to each bulb as well as up through the center of the fixture to the would-be ceiling wires. A few snips with a pair of garden cutters (shears?) and it all pulled free.
This is how it looked laid out:
The little black cups towards the right used to hold the white tubes on the left. I decided I would reused the black cups to hold candles just like they did the white tubes.
It turned out real candles were a little wobbly in the black cups so I needed to find something to help hold the candles securely. I also needed some new bolts to reattach everything because the old ones weren't going to work.
Me: "Kevin? You want to go with me to the hardware store?"
So off to the hardware store we went :-) Here's what I got:
Washers, bolts and some chair tips.
Turns out the chair tips fit PERFECTLY into the black cups:
So now that my candles were sure to be snug, I put everything back together.
And as soon as it got dark I decided to give it a try!
I didn't have the new glass in yet, so the flames blew out whenever a big gust of wind came. But it sure provided a good amount of light when lit!
I can't decide whether I want to use it as a hanging light like I originally intended or as a table-top lantern... What do you think?
The shadows it threw on the ground were very pretty.