March 31, 2014
It's Time To Wash The Outdoor Lights!
After a long and brutal winter, we've had a couple of days where it actually felt a bit like spring and we've gotten a jump-start with the spring cleaning. Chores are being tackled both inside and outside the house, as well as around the farm. Spring is a time of rejuvenation and I think that everything should sparkle! The other day, my housekeepers, Sanu and Maria put a sparkly glow on the exterior lights of my home. By the way, these fixtures were custom made for me by a wonderful shop on Nantucket Island called Val Maitino Antiques.
1 Part of spring cleaning involves washing all of the glass globes of the exterior lights. Sanu carefully removed them from the outdoor fixtures and brought them indoors to the long, shallow sink in the servery.
2 These fixtures are mounted along the porch.
3 I saw fixtures like these in an antique shop while visiting a friend on Nantucket Island.
4 Val Maitino Antiques is a family business on Nantucket buying, selling, and restoring antiques for more than 40 years. They made these lights according to my specifications and even painted them Bedford Gray to match the house.
5 Maria washed them inside and out with a mild dish detergent.
6 After hanging outdoors for more than 10 years, I think these lights have held up quite well.
7 A good rinse to remove the suds
8 So shiny and new looking!
9 Maria used a soft cotton cloth to dry, which is fairly lint-free.
10 Sanu was in charge of putting the lights back together.
11 She fit the glass over the light bulb.
12 She then reached in her pocket where she had placed the set screws.
13 Sanu matched up the holes and set the first screw.
14 The glass is held in place with three screws.
16 Val Maitino also made the fixtures on either side of the kitchen door.
17 Sanu opened the glass door on the side of the light.
18 Because these fixtures are closed to the elements, they don't get too dirty.
19 Sanu removed the glass chimney.
20 She passed the chimney to Maria inside the kitchen where it was washed and dried.
21 Sanu used a damp cloth to wipe the mercury glass reflecting disk.
22 And dried it with a soft cloth
23 She dusted the rest of the interior.
24 She then replaced the clean chimney and closed the door.
25 Those same lights hang on either side of the entrance to the basement
26 Birds really like these fixtures and have built a nest between the lamp and the house.
27 Val Maitino also made the lights that illuminate the exterior of the driveway entrance.
28 This set of lights has no mercury glass reflectors.
29 The other kitchen entrance is lit with a ceiling mounted fixture.
30 This is the same style as the lights on the porch.
31 This entrance to the house faces the street and is opposite the porch entrance.
32 Those same fixtures hang here, as well.