Our love affair began in a parking lot.
Not the most romantic of beginnings, seedy & cheap almost.
Fitting, because I could see she had ‘A Past’ – sitting there in all her brassy boldness.
But it was like a magnetic energy that pulled us together. You know that feeling when all your nerve endings go on high alert and you’re almost giddy? That was me – in the parking lot. The Mister had dropped me off and left to run an errand, so I was alone…..and I knew he wouldn’t understand this new love.
And I also knew that wouldn’t matter.
I (of course) had braked for the annual Re/Max charity sale that benefits breast cancer. Sitting there on a table, not even priced yet, was the Biggest, Bad-Ass Lantern Fixture EVER. As in 26.5” high, 20” in diameter, and eleventy jillion pounds.
I acted casual…coy really, feigning aloofness….I checked all the pieces (all there), all the beautiful bevelled glass panels were intact….Almost heady with glee now, I coolly asked the price. How ‘bout $20, he said….maybe less if I had other purchases?
I felt faint.
The Mister returned – we had this conversation (in whispered tones):
Me: So, this is the greatest light fixture EVER – what do you think?
Mister : Really? It’s monstrous – where would we even put it? (s.o. sensible that man o’ mine)
Me: I don’t know, I’ve just found it. It’s not all worked out yet – maybe the dining room.
Mister : But we have a perfectly fine dining room light.
Me: Exactly. Perfectly fine. Is that all you want – perfectly fine?
The light came home.
So for $30 – to a great cause – I got the B.B.A. Light Fixture, a huge bowl (now a garden bird bath), and 8 vintage mason jars.
So then I just stared for awhile. At the enormous fixture and at the dining room….deciding.
I thought it needed to be two tone – keep the ‘integrity’ of the lantern vibe with black on the outer frame, but chrome in the center for some bling. A dining room needs some bling. It distracts from my cooking.
This decision did take a Master Level of origami taping job at the top, but it worked. I took almost the entire fixture apart & cleaned it, then used Rustoelum Hammered Black (Gloss) on the outer part, and Tremclad Bright Coat in Chrome on the inner part.
The Mister had to reinforce the junction box in the ceiling because of the weight of it.
acted was very concerned and interested in this part.
I had to include evening photos – the shadows it creates in the room are fabulous.
My name is Tracy, and I’m a Light Fixture Addict.
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