Hi, friends! TGIF! I’ve taken a few days off to go to the beach with my family, but now we are back, rested and ready for action! So, today I want to show you how to replace glass globes on a sconce! Come check it out!
Our son and daughter-in-law moved into their new home about 3 months ago. They didn’t waste a minute tackling DIY projects to turn this house into their dream home! This included LOTS of painting and imagination! One thing our son did recently was give the bathroom sconces a little update to match the rest of the newly painted bathroom. (To see more of the dramatic bathroom makeover see here: How to Update a Bathroom with Paint!)
This is how the bathroom looked when they bought the house. You can see the builder-grade light fixture over the mirror on this side of the bathroom.
This light fixture is located in the downstair’s powder room and is identical to the ones in the master bathroom over each mirror. (I wanted to show a close-up of this one because it’s a bit hard to see what the sconces look like in the other photos.) The base of the fixture is round and black with two arms with white frosted globes.
The lights are fine, but the kids wanted something a little more sleek and modern to match their new black cabinets in the master bathroom.. Instead of going to the expense of buying new fixtures, they decided to work with what they have! The base of the fixtures were already black and matched the newly painted cabinets. So, replacing the shades (or globes) and bulbs seemed like the perfect solution! (I’m showing this angle of the bathroom so you can appreciate the location of the two sconces.)
This diagram shows how typical light fixtures such as these are put together. The glass globe is held in place with a flange, which looks like a large nut. In order to switch out the globe, you simply first remove the light bulb, then remove the flange and the glass globe will slip right off. Replacement globes of all shapes and sizes are readily available at big box stores such as Lowe’s or Home Depot for just a few dollars each.
Our son chose oblong, cylinder-like glass globes with a bit of distressed glass to replace the white round globes. Then he used Edison Bulbs to give the fixtures a more modern vibe. Easy-peasy!
This is how the lights look in place over the mirror and vanity. (To see how our son, Chase framed the builder-grade mirrors you can click here: How To Add Trim to a Builder-Grade Mirror!)
Check out the before and after pictures. Pretty cool! For very little money, the kids were able to totally change the look of the light fixtures. Plus, the clear glass gives off more light than the white frosted globes and the Edison Bulbs are brighter too!
Bit by bit, our son and daughter-in-law are making this house their own! And all of the updates they’ve made will make the house much more marketable when the decide to sell in the future. They know from experience that every dollar they invest in their home, they will get back in resale! (I can’t wait for you to see what they’ve done with their yard!)
Well, off for a busy weekend! The exterior of our lake house is being painted next week and there is much prep work to be done. AND, we are still working on the downstairs of our house, so lots to share very soon. Stay tuned! I hope you have a wonderful weekend. xoxo Dell
Feature Image Photo Credit: Amazon for Edison Bulbs