I guess my last post (and looking at inspirational blogs) got my butt in gear because the next day after posting, I replaced the two lights in the foyer that were staring at me screaming, “Replace me! I’m ugly!” and then took three weeks to post… Sorry! The holidays were hectic is my excuse 🙂 .
Here is what the lights looked like before:
Typical builder grade ’80s light. Ugly right?
Here’s the replacement:
I had a hard time finding a style that I liked that complimented but didn’t outshine (see what I did there :), the crystal foyer light that I love. I finally found one that I liked at Home Depot that was not too pricey, as lights can get super expensive. These were $140 a piece (I ordered two) which is not too bad.
The installation was as expected- an hour for the first one and 20 minutes for the second since I had practice with the first. By the time I was done, I felt like I had gotten a good arm workout and because of that, I didn’t go to the gym. HA, I crack myself up! I wasn’t going to go anyway…
Anyhoo, here’s how they look now:
And another angle, at the front of the foyer:
The silver matches the crystal light and the shapes are also the same, so I thought they complimented each other nicely.
Next up is to find a new rug for the foyer as well as some nice artwork and to move the coral chair out of the room… sorry chair, it was nice while it lasted…
I finally got rid of the god-awful ’80s bronze lights in the upstairs hallway. I wanted something that was semi-flush… actually I wanted something that hung like a chandelier or pendant but since our ceilings are so low, semi-flush had to do. I got two of these from Wayfair:
Funny story… I was grabbing the above picture for this post from the Wayfair website and saw that the lights are now cheaper than when I bought them a week ago! So, I called the company and got almost $50 back for the lights. They were super nice and fast about giving me a refund by the way.
Before I could install the lights though, I had to repaint the ceiling that I hired “painters” to paint about a year ago. See the job they did for yourself:
The whole ceiling needed at least one more coat of paint. Good thing I paid them by the hour and not for the whole job.
So here’s what the hall looked before the traaaaansformation:
And here’s after spending about 4 hours installing the lights that came with really crappy directions….
It looks so much more fresh and clean than before.
I realize that it’s just a couple lights, but it’s a starting off point to get my butt in gear to pimp out the rest off the hallway with some art, maybe a table. Not your idea of pimpin’? Oh well, different strokes I guess.
I want to get some art to hide that hideous grate on the wall. I’ll probably have to mount it creatively so that the grate still has air flow though. The ideas are churning… I also ordered a new WHITE smoke/CO2 alarm since the ones we have now are 25+ years old and just detect smoke and not also CO2.
I ordered the alarm from Amazon yesterday afternoon and it showed up at my door this morning! Apparently Amazon is testing its new delivery drones in my neighborhood or they’ve hired Santa during his off-season. Either way, I’m installing this puppy today.