Thursday, January 12, 2012

Out With the Old, In With the New

Another update we made to the house was replacing the light fixture in our dining area.  The old light was a big box fluorescent thing, and it was U.G.L.Y.  We still have an identical one in our kitchen. {hopefully it will be replaced sooner than later}

 I found this little beauty at D.I. for a whopping $4!! 

Granted it was missing one of the glass shades, AND it was a very shiny bronze color--YuCk.  But a couple of coats of Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint, some new fabric lamp shades from Lowe's, and we have a darling "new" light that I absolutely A.D.O.R.E.!!

The old light wasn't placed over our table, so I just hung the end of the chain on a hook which was over a couple of feet.  Now we have a nice soft glow during our meals instead of the harsh light from the fluorescent. 

Another "issue" that I had to overcome was the lamp shades.  The metal piece inside the shade that hooks onto the light bulb was upside down for the way that I needed them to be :( 

BUT...after a few moments of despair, {Light. Bulb.} I figured out that I could just open the wire with pliers and slide it over the light bulb.

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Chris said...

Hi Mariah, you did a wonderful job on the chandelier. How clever of you to figure out how to change up the lampshades so that they would fit. Looks great. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

Jen said...

Love the new light! Don't you just love when something that simple makes such a HUGE difference! Thanks for stopping by Harrison Home.. following you now :)

gail said...

ohhhh How I need to do this! It's the last thing I need to do to finish my kitchen update a YEAR later. :( I just can find the right fixture AND I don't like messing with electricity.
thanks for sharing at catch as catch can!