If it's a family hairloom I'd leave it alone...
That being said... I picked up an old whakenhut security Co. Model 10, with a 5" pencil barrel. The gun had a nickel finish.
I rounded the frame at the grip, cut the 5" barrel down to be flush with the ejector rod lock and crowned it. Sent out the frame to have the nickle stripped. My buddy had been experimenting with some bluing techniques. He blued it a kind of royal blue then blued the hammer and trigger very dark blue. I then polished the nickle cylinder, and ejector rod. Put a small shotgun BB on as a front sight. I'll find the before and after pictures and post them. It came out looking nothing like it started... But it is a good looking two tone shooter.