Let There Be Light {Updating Light Fixtures}

I’ve said in the past that there are few things that I will call a professional in to do in the house, rather than doing it myself. One of those things is anything that requires electrical.  This may be because I gave myself a shocker as a child (surprise, surprise!) and am wary about dealing with the little bugger. I’ve been waiting, hoping, and wishing for an electrician fairy to come over and just swap out our outdated light fixtures. Obviously, that wasn’t going to happen so I called in the real-life professionals.

After putting down the new floor in the entryway this summer, and adding the bench and storage bin recently, I kept staring at our awful, outdated entryway light.

It reminded me of a brass and glass (rhymes!) jewelry box that someone would hide away in a drawer. Okay, maybe that’s harsh but let’s be honest. Does this look like our style at all? Nope? So it needed to go.


I found a fixture online that was about $100 and gorgeous. But with my luck of buying online for the house, I didn’t want to risk it (or pay the shipping and handling fee). So I trucked myself over to LOWES a few weeks ago and picked up an adorable light that is very reminiscent of the chandelier that we put in the dining room last spring. Plus, it was much less (about $70) and we didn’t have to wait for it to ship to us. After calling the electrician and scheduling a first-in-the-morning appointment slot, we now (happily) have a pretty entryway light!


Ahhhh! And the angels sang! Isn’t she just the prettiest thing? I caulked around her rim and we should still paint the spot of the ceiling where the old light was, but I’m just so pleased.


And since he was already here, I swiped a bathroom fixture from my grandparent’s house with the hope of replacing our LOVELY dressing room light fixture. They were in the middle of a master bathroom redo and had this nice light fixture that they didn’t think suited their tastes. Well, I liked it a lot (definitely more than what we had) and I’m not going to pass up a free light fixture!


No shame in my game: I didn’t even like this fixture enough to switch the bulb before taking the picture!


So after oohing and ahhing over the new entryway light, I waited patiently while he installed the new bathroom light. But boy, was it a pain. Not only was the bathroom painted POST-light installation (shocker of the century), it was also attached in three spots from the drywall. This mean lots of patching and painting to be added to my near future.


Not going to lie, this did slightly terrify me when he explained what was going on with our wall. Look at those holes! UGH.


But after some stress of whether or not the light could be centered, whether or not the mirror was EVER centered, and how high to hang the light, it made its way onto the wall and it’s permanent home.


Ta-da! So much better, sans missing paint and holes.


He did a really great job and was so pleasant. I even took some extra time to find out about future fixture swaps and possible additional lights to be added to the house (specifically, a flood light for Truman’s backyard adventures). I know it’s not ideal to pay $160 for two hours of work, but hey, I didn’t get shocked and one of the fixtures was free. Plus, they look super pretty. So maybe it was a splurge spending-wise, but a safety and happiness/style bonus.


What do you think of the updates? Would you have tried to do this on your own?




One thought on “Let There Be Light {Updating Light Fixtures}

  1. Pingback: Hole in the Wall {Literally} | Mid-Century Mod Podge

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