Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Lightbulb Light

I don't even really know where to begin for this post, since it's been in the making for almost a year. Are you shocked? I feel like all of our projects take just about a year to finish, it's kind of pathetic. Oh well.

Our house was completely finished when we moved in so we really haven't done much to it. It's mostly been some decorating or fixing up of a few small things/rooms. Really not all that much. Especially since everything is in pretty good condition, we couldn't justify spending money to replace something that worked just fine.

But last Christmas, we were given the most awesome light fixture from my sister Stacey and her husband Eric. Pure awesomeness it is.

We knew immediately that it would go in our laundry room but didn't get around to making the switch for a couple of months. My plan was to do detailed before and after shots of the room with the old light fixture and the new light fixture but that didn't happen. One day while I was at work, Dan got bored and changed out the light. So I came home to this.

Didn't I tell you it was an awesome light fixture?

Anyways, as you can see from the above picture, it was off centered and hanging too low. It was about 1/2 an inch above my head and one of the cupboard doors bumped it when opened. But, once again, we didn't get around to fixing that for another couple of months.

So come September, we decided it was time to move the light over. This time though, I captured some before shots.

Once that was out of the way, we Dan got to work. He had to keep running back and forth to the attic to work out the wires and where to cut and all that. I basically just stayed out of his way, since he was so focused.

Finally, it was done. The new hole was cut and the electrical box was moved over.

Then Dan patched up the old hole, mudded it and then sanded it smooth. These two steps (moving the box over and patching the hole) took a weekend. Next up, painting!

But that took us another month to do, since we're so slow at things like this. We finally purchased the paint and I finally got around to painting the ceiling last week.

Once it was dry, we could FINALLY hang the light back up! And I'm telling you, it looks amazing and so worth the hassle of moving it over and making it shorter.

Doesn't it look spectacular? I love how it's centered in the door frame now and that I'm not scared of bumping my head on it. It makes the room look so much cooler than before and it's a definite improvement over the old boring light. And, we did the whole project for free! We were given the light and used supplies we had on hand to move it over, patch and paint. Well, we bought the paint but it was really for the guestroom so I'm not counting the cost for the laundry room.

What do you think of it? Do you have any special light fixtures in your house? Or any other funky objects?


  1. awesome!! I need to marry a handy man like you- I sure couldnt move a light box on my own!!

  2. I'm so excited you got to finish this project!! It looks fabulous and the symmetry is SO much better!

  3. Casey - Thanks! I'm pretty thankful for my handy husband too, since 90% of my projects wouldn't get done if it wasn't for him.

    Tory - I'm pretty stoked too! It only took us 10 months. :P

  4. No clouds and prancing ponies on the ceiling? I must say, Jennie, that I was expecting more from the paint job. :P heehee, the new and improved light fixture looks good!

  5. Jackie - Don't you think clouds and prancing ponies in the laundry room might be weird? Although I have some visions for some stenciling on the big wall...

  6. Definitely a cool light and it does look better where you have it now.

    Good for you guys for doing it yourselves! We do a lot of that kind of stuff ourselves, too, and not only does it save money, but it's something to be proud of.

  7. Stasy - I'm glad you think our light is cool. :) And I love having a handy husband so that we can do so much ourselves and save money that way. Plus, like you said, totally proud of ourselves!