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lighting | Building Our Nest
Aug 15 2010

Let There be (Better) Light

Droopy the ceiling fan.

When we were in New Braunfels a couple of weeks ago, Ellen dropped by the Restoration Hardware outlet store and picked up a little something for the front porch to replace the horrible ceiling fan that was on the porch. I think this thing must be left over from when people used to sleep on the front porch back before air conditioning was invented.

Anyway… Ellen found this very craftsman style porch light on sale for half off. The house, especially the porch, has enough craftsman design elements that if we keep using this kind of fixture, it will help to define that style. There are also matching sconce lights that we can use to replace the two lights on either side of the door, once we save a few pennies for them.

I removed the nasty old fan fairly easily. There was one stubborn screw in the old plate that took about half of the entire project time to get out. Mostly because I couldn’t find my vice grips. I really, really need to clear out the workshop area and get it organized so I can find stuff. And build that spice rack…

Good old fashioned fabric covered wires.

The shiny new plate.

Adjusting the chain.






















I reused the screws to hang the new plate, adjusted the chain length so that the light hangs higher than the top of the front door but can still be seen from the sidewalk, wired it up (used the old wire nuts as they were still in good shape) and mounted the light. I needed to do a little tweeking and twisting on one of the chain links to get the light to hang square to the porch and then I was done. I even reused one of the bulbs that was in the fan light fixture.

I can’t wait for tonight to see how it looks in the dark!

All done!


Dec 7 2009

New landing lighting

Kelly is right about Home Depot being the most dangerous place on earth. We went in there yesterday afternoon to pick up more sandpaper, and walked out with some new lighting for the staircase landing!

I just looked around for a “before” picture of the light fixture, but couldn’t find one. Most likely because Kelly and I were so traumatized by the horrificness of the ugly modern IKEA light in such an old beautiful home. Here’s what was hanging in our landing area:
ikea light

And not only was it hanging there, it was also not installed properly. The wires hadn’t been tucked up inside the ceiling plate, but were draped over the arms of the fixture.

When we “happened” to walk down the lighting aisle in Home Depot yesterday, we saw a gorgeous semi-flush mounted light fixture with some nice arts and crafts details for 25% off. So we impulse bought it, and I must say, it looks gorgeous installed in the landing. Now to just get rid of that popcorn ceiling!

arts and crafts light