I had initially thought I could use it underneath the lovely White Capiz Hanging Pendant from World Market that I scored with a $20 off coupon this fall:
Then I saw the small hole in the middle of the pendant, and knew that this fixture wouldn't work because the big metal 'neck' wouldn't fit through the teeny hole.
Denied! So, I went to Home Depot and bought a $6 'globe base' fixture to replace it. I've never replaced a light fixture without help, but I really wanted to do this myself
Turn off the power
Or just turn off the light switch, if you like to live on the edge. No really, don't do that.
Unscrew the fugly fixture
This one had little screw caps coated with decades of
They initially didn't want to budge, however they were no match for a pliers and my bodacious biceps!
It was off in a flash and I could see more fleshy peach/yellow paint. What is it with this color in old houses?? I can't believe it ever looked good.
There are screws holding the cross bar into the light box, and screws that hold the fixture onto the cross bar. Here I'm removing the screws that hold the bar into the light box:
Disconnect the existing wiring
Our old house has cloth wrapped wiring and old ceramic wire nuts. I gave em a turn...
....untwisted the wires.....
And BOOYA! Old fixture waves goodbye with sad electrical tenticles. How cringe-worthy.'To medallion or not to medallion'
Inevitably, you will have ceiling damage and/or paint differences when the old fixture comes down. You can just patch up your ceiling and repaint, or use one of these guys:
I happened to have this laying around the house, and I thought it would look nice as a bigger fixture 'base' to equal the diameter of the capiz pendant. Up it went with some painters tape while I attached the new fixture. Some people use adhesive on medallions, but the fixture itself will hold it on, so I don't bother with it.
Here is my new fixture, a 4 inch globe base. I planned to use the three small holes that are meant for attaching the globe to hang the pendant with wire. And paint out the black.
Attach the new fixture
Here is where you would usually screw in the new fixture cross bar, however my old cloth-wrapped wiring wouldn't stretch far enough to come down the few inches needed to attach in this manner, so I connected the wiring first and then stuffed it up into the ceiling. Eh, you work with what you got. I just twisted the wires together and used some new wire nuts to connect them fully.
The cross bar/mounting strap gets screwed on to the light box. Wrap your grounding wire around a screw.Follow the directions on your fixture for how it gets attached to the mounting strap. This one had a twist and lock mechanism. After tightening up the screws a tad, I jumped off the ladder to survey whether the medallion was straight before tightening fully.
Good enough, people! I tested the fixture (of course it worked without incident because I'm awesome) then I stuffed some kleenex in the receptacle, hit the entire thing with some glossy white Rustoleum 'Universal' spray paint, touched up the ceiling with flat paint, and saw this fresh and clean result:
The next step was to get some picture wire to attach the capiz pendant to the fixture. Shaun held up the pendant while I wrapped the wire. Did I do a beautiful job?
Heck, no. But no one will notice the wire, and it is a strong hold. And my arms hurt. After a successful attachment, I spent the next 15 minutes unwrapping all the shells.
All the work was worth it in the end, I'm in LOVE with this light!
As are all the other bloggers who have the same type of pendant light...Chris, Freckles Chick, Rebecca, and of course John and Sherry. What can I say, dozens of bloggers can't be wrong about this beautiful fixture! It helped me take my room from this ho-hum space:
To this fit-for-a-princess primping spot:
I hope this post has inspired you to tackle the ugly lights in your life! And thank you all so much for your wonderful comments about my new favorite room of the house!