Hi all! How’s Winter treating you? Getting projects done despite the cold? We got a head start on our Winter project goals by working to replace our two ugliest light fixtures – woohoo! However, the “look” of the lights we wanted as we shopped around online and in antique stores for beautiful reproduction or even authentic lights were, unsurprisingly, costly and well beyond our budget. Not to be defeated, I was able to recently find some amazing knockoff antique-looking lights for a fraction of the prices we were seeing elsewhere, and without compromising on quality!
Let’s start with the bay window light:
It’s infamously referred to as the “circus light” for its jarring multicolor arrangement. The circus also reminds me of clowns, which I also dislike. Yup, this light and I were downright enemies.
Here’s what I was picturing replacing it with:
I snatched that baby up, and now here it is! So much better than the circus!
The quality of the light fixture is pretty good too, so I’m pleased. Also, did you know they make LED Edison bulbs?! Neither did I until I came across them at Lowes! It’s supposed to last 9 years. Crazy.
A track light is neither of these by a long shot.
Here’s what I was going for with the overall look, once again from Restoration Hardware. Price…$675! Woah.
It’s the Winchester 3-light semi-flush mount, and has real glass crystals and not fake plastic, which makes a big difference for longevity. I was pretty happy to find glass at this price point. However, if I must complain, it would be that some of the upper “brass” circle has a painted design and not actually embossed. Nor was any of it actual brass. Buuut you can’t really tell unless you’re up close… and it hangs from the ceiling, sooo…it passes a-ok.
And it’s purty.
…And my desire to spruce up the entryway and vestibule is even bigger now because such a pretty light deserves a pretty room to match. (new paint on walls, remove paint from door and then stain…) Come on, Spring!
Now we come at last to the installed bedside sconces! Woohoo!
Next post I’ll be showing where we found the switches and how we installed them onto the sconces. It’s pretty simple and a convenient add-on!