Friday, March 11, 2011
I Started Cleaning Up This Mid-Century Pull Down Light Fixture And Realized I Needed Before and After Pics! Status: Surprised at how Clean It Came!
I picked this up when I bought the Heywood Wakefield coffee table last fall. The seller was trying to get rid of lots of stuff, like a garage sale, and this was just sitting there waiting for me!
It was looking pretty rough and I wasn't sure it would clean up or even be
salvageable without painting the hood. It had been taken down quite some time
ago and been moved around a lot. There was a ring on top of the hood where the
mount cover had been rolling against it and I though it might have worn through
the anodization. Luckily the previous owner had let the cleaning go and there was
a thick coating of hardened grease there to protect the finish!
Here you can see the line where I stopped cleaning momentarily to shoot some
pics. The dirt and grease was covering an nice shiny nearly perfect finish! There
are still some white specks of wall paint on it that I haven't taken the time to
remove yet. Those will require a bit of soaking. I used Goof Off and paper towels.
It was nasty. I went through four paper towels soiling every inch of each. I was
inspired to drag this out of the garage and clean it up by this posting at
Back2Ranch where they REALLY cleaned up a Magnificent pull down light. They
have a beautiful kitchen full of Geneva steel cabinets too! I'm so envious.
Here you can see the front side of the hood has been cleaned up where as the
back side hasn't yet been done. The difference is amazing. I couldn't believe how
nice the finish still was. And the "wear" ring from the mount cover had been rolling
against the hood was just in the filth. It totally came out!
And here it is ALL cleaned up. I didn't go as far as the Back2Ranch folks with all
the taking apart and stuff. I think it turned out pretty nice. I wish I could have
gotten a better picture of how bad it was before. You too would be surprised at
how much better it looks now!