Our Featured Customer today describes himself as “a big collector and restorer” of vintage lighting so we were thrilled when he shared his latest find with us. Bob, from California, loves making old fixtures like new again so when he discovered an old porcelain warehouse shade at antique fair a few months ago, he snapped it up for a cool $30.
“I only cleaned it up and touched up a couple of dings in the porcelain,” Bob says, “then I gave it a good coat of car wax.” With the shade back to its original shiny self, Bob planned to install it on his patio. But he soon discovered a problem.
“The original junction box was mounted fairly low on the outside wall,” he says. “I needed to find a suitable gooseneck pipe to raise it up high enough and bring it away from the wall.” Bob turned to the internet and soon found our Barn Hardware collection which features dozens of gooseneck arms and mini gooseneck arms to fit almost any space. In addition to the gooseneck arm, Bob needed a socket kit which he found in our Lighting Hardware section.
“I had nothing else to hang the shade with so I ordered both the gooseneck pipe and the socket kit,” Bob says. Once he received the pieces and assembled them with the shade, Bob discovered that while the fixture was now high enough, it was also very heavy. He was concerned that the typically windy conditions in his area would cause his new treasure to sway.
“I fashioned an auxillary bracket from an aluminum rod to give it additional side-sway support,” he explains. Bob is now at the top of our favorite DIYer list because the results are outstanding! And he’ll always have a clear view of what’s cooking on that grill!
“I love the light and so does everybody that’s seen it,” Bob says.
Photos courtesy of the homeowner