Thursday, June 9, 2011

old, new and what happens when you forget to check for a switch

With the new house we inherited lots of interesting and outdated light fixtures.  It was one of the first things I noticed when we looked at the house.  And, one by one, they are all getting switched out. 

The first one to go was the gigantic and extremely dusty chandelier hanging in the stairwell.  Here is the before and after side by side:

This photo was taken on one of our first walk thru's on the house, so it was before we painted as well.  What a difference paint makes! 

Here is the old fixture up close.  Does it make you want to cough?  I have no idea how many years it hung there, but there was a good 1/2" of dust on every surface.

Poor Mark!  This ceiling is easily 14 feet off the landing so it wasn't a very simple swap.

Next up was the not really offensive, but just plain old {and plain} ceiling fan in the Master.  Here is the before:

And the after:

I took this photo before Mark put a bulb in the fixture.  And when he did, guess what happened?  It just stayed on.  We realized {after it was installed, of course} that there is no switch to this junction box.  Oops.  So, we took the fixture out and covered it with a white plate until we can find a fixture that has an on/off pull attached the way the fan did.  Next time we'll be sure and check for the switch before going to all the work!

And this one in the Mud Room got the switch too:

Aah, so much better!

Slowly, but surely we are making progress around here.

Here are a few more on the switch out list:

Sconces on either side of the mirrors. 

These speak for themselves...

And these remind me of googly eyeballs.  It's just weird.

Our current light fixture update score is 3 down, 15 to go...I'll keep you updated!


  1. Your "afters" look perfect!!

  2. I just discovered your blog! I hope to participate in your Summer snap shop. But the real reason I thought I'd comment is we too live in an old house and some of our lights do not have switches. You can actually buy a pull chain kit and retrofit it to any light. We've done it on quite a few. Just wanted to give you a little heads up so you can keep your super cute light! It's hard to tell in the post but we added a pull chain to this light.

  3. So what are you doing with the old chandellier. I have projects for them. Are you selling it? Thanks for the inspiring blog spot .... this is all new stomping ground to me. Laura-Lea


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