I decided one day to buy a fabulous flush mount light and hire someone to install it. I only paid $88 for it, by the way...holy price increase, CSN!
When it came in the mail, I stared at the ominous light cover thingy and decided to just go ahead and do it myself. I'm cheap, and I'm definitely no stranger to installing lighting.
Wiring in old houses is always a fun endeavor. Of course, I got exactly what I was expecting...an old mounting strap...
...and cloth wrapped wires in a very small light box.
I didn't know if the new light would fit on the old mounting strap, but I decided to just make it work. Midway, I threw on the power to make sure it would light before I went through all the work to put it up.
Success! Ten swear-inducing minutes (or 40, whatever) we had figured out how to get the screws to line up on the old strap.
And shortly thereafter, it was mounted safely to the ceiling.
I lined up all the parts to the light shade and dutifully read the instructions.
The diffuser and sides of the shade were frosted glass, so they were kind of hard to fit in there, and didn't fully line up. Oh well, I put this joint facing the window!
Gotta love that sweet circle pattern! Here she is all finished.
And lit up.Ah, I love having a light - even if it's a little small and not that 'exciting' in the room.
Our upstairs ceilings are only 7.5 feet, another charming feature of our 1937 home. We only have dangly lights when there are things placed underneath like a bed, etc...to prevent "light crashing." I think I found the best flush mount under $100, and it lights up the small room nicely.
Doesn't my light look very similar to this pricey Shades of Light version?
Yup, it's practically identical. I'm so glad that install is over, and now I can visit my extra linens and cocktail dresses in the closets without crawling over the bed to turn on the lamp. Score!