17:15 – If I am not careful I easily find myself waiting and wishing for the next thing, and right now its the next apartment (*cough* with a yard) that we will be living in one day. But I have decided to make a little challenge for myself, to see how pretty I can get our Putnam Avenue pad to look. Trying of course, to spend my money and time wisely and only update things that we can take with us. Though I still might be covering our fugly green faux marble laminate countertops!
First thing was to update the flying saucer light fixture in our bedroom with a cool vintage pendant that I bought while still in Texas.
Drawing my inspiration from the selection at Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co. I popped on over to Etsy to see what I could find. Ooooh pretty! But I wasn’t thrilled with the price tag.
Step three had me searching Ebay for similar light fixture hardware and luckily I came away successful. If I remember correctly I paid around $25 for my fixture with glass shade. In the future I plan on replacing the frosted glass shade with a clear glass one and also adding an Edison bulb. I suspect that will run me another $20 – $30 or so, which is still far under $178! In the meantime I am pleased with how it turned out, and looking at my bedroom ceiling makes me happy instead of scrunching up my nose!
And just so no one is fooled, replacing light fixtures is sometimes a total pain. I was even a bad DIYer because I didn’t turn off the circuit breaker, in my defense I couldn’t find the right box with the corresponding switch. There was a bit of cursing, multiple dropped screws/tools/bits, a crick in my neck, and too much drywall that ended up on the bed and down my shirt!
So now I have one down and one still to go, we have the same flying saucer in the living room unfortunately. My plan for in there is to build one of these, a chandelier designed by Lindsey Adelman who even provides instructions!