Greetings and happy Tuesday! The electrician and I had a fun day on Saturday switching out light fixtures at Happy Hill. Well, it was fun for me. Come see how the new ones look!
In the basement man cave I wanted to switch out two fixtures from a big box store with vintage ones. I found these cool nautical light fixtures on eBay. They match the existing ceiling lights pretty well. I didn’t realize but the old ones have a chrome finish and the new ones are brass. But they all have the wooden ship wheel design and the glass globes have the anchor and rope detail. So, it works! This is one of the new ones:
And this is one of the existing ones I was trying to match: Note these have the chrome base.
When the electrician (Davey) took down these two light fixtures he found a potential disaster waiting to happen.
One of the sockets on one of the lights had a bad connection or something and nearly caught fire. The light bulb was hanging on by a thread and the socket itself had overheated and melted. It’s hard to see but the threaded post in the middle of the fixture was charred from smoke. So scary! And the irony is these light fixtures were brand new when we hung them originally. So, calamity averted. Thank Heaven! I tossed them in the trash.
I wish I had painted the ceiling before he put up the nautical light fixtures, but I didn’t want to waste his time so I’ll touch up the ceiling later. I love that all of the fixtures match now. Yay!
And the light in the Banana Room (aka Laundry Room) was moved to the kitchen and a new one put in the Banana Room. This is the new one in the Banana Room. The base of the light was originally white but I painted it black. There you go, Mother! (She says if something is white I paint it black and vice versa.)
Davey recommended using LED lights in all of the fixtures. They are cooler to the touch therefore in a closed glass fixture like these, the glass won’t get as hot as with regular bulbs. Plus, supposedly they last much longer. The old fixture in the kitchen was not my cup of tea.
And the new one makes my heart sing.
I debated on whether to switch out the light in the hallway since it was original to the house.
I felt guilty about it but at the end of the day, I was dying to use this sweet little light and knew it would look nice in the hallway. As a bonus, it has two bulbs versus one so it gives off more light. Davey said this light was really old as evidence of the pull chains. And it has crystals so it was a win-win. Again, touch up paint will be necessary. (I’m keeping the old fixture and it may eventually go in a closet or something. I don’t have the heart to throw it away.)
I switched out a few more that I’ll share later. My agreement with my husband is the basement is his space and therefore he gets to keep the manly vibe. So, no chandeliers down there! But the upstairs is my domain so I get to doll it up like I please. Deal!
I have some painters coming next week to repaint a few spaces in the other house and then we will finally be ready for the master bathroom reveal. You have NO idea how excited we are about finally finishing this room. Meanwhile, thanks for stopping by! I hope you have a wonderful day! xoxo Dell