Hubby and I have been married 6 years! And in that 6 years, we have lived in 4 different states and 5 different houses. In EVERY. SINGLE. HOUSE. there have been light fixtures that HAD to be changed out. I counted yesterday and the total number of light fixtures we have changed out is: 12!
1.) We are fans of ceiling fans (this pun just made me LOL). So we have ALWAYS had to put at least one ceiling fan up if not more than one.
2.) Most of the fixtures in our homes have either been builder grade or just plain out of date (read ugly).
This home is NO exception. When we moved in a year ago, the first thing we did was change the light in the living room to a ceiling fan. And then nothing else. I think because we have moved SO MUCH there was a little hesitation on my part to really decorate and make this home feel like home. It is a PAIN to decorate, paint walls, put up pictures just to take it all down, fill holes, and repaint. After a year here, I am finally feeling settled and ready to decorate.
There is a room in our house that I imagine the builders would call the “formal dining room”. For a while we had our dining room table in there, but it just wasn’t us. We like to eat with the tv on and our kitchen/living is open so it was better for us to put the dining room table in there. So now we were left with an empty room and an ugly chandelier.
I am not a chandelier person but when a table was in there it wasn’t so bad. I could really just ignore it. But after we took the table out, we got new living room furniture and decided to put our old couch in this room:
Now I really couldn’t ignore it. It just hung SO LOW. It had to go. So off to Lowe’s and Home Depot we went. I honestly wasn’t sure what I wanted, I just knew I HATED those mushroom lights.
When I saw this one, we both said “that one”:
And home with us it came. Now came the fun part (haha). I always forget how much I HATE putting in new light fixtures until it comes time to do it.
Here’s the rundown of how it went (no pics):
1.) Hubs goes outside to the power box (why is it outside?) and we spend 5 minutes on the phone going “is that it?” “no” “that one?” “no” “THAT one?” “YES!”
2.) Take ugly chandelier out (actually the easy part)
3.) Realize that this new light doesn’t hang down far enough to rest on the ladder while hubs connects the electricity
4.) Go get the stepladder and stand on tippy toes holding the light up while hubs connects the electricity.
5.) Realize that we should have screwed the bracket to the ceiling first, instead of to the light first. And that I am not tall enough to help using just the stepladder.
6.) Take light down. And thank God that we live next door to my grandparents, where we go and borrow their ladder.
7.) Put ladders side by side, I hold the light up while hubs connects electricity.
8.) My arms are screaming and I’m praying for strength while hubs tries to figure out how those tiny stupid screws hold this thing to the ceiling. (Tiny light was SURPRISINGLY heavy).
9.) WE’RE DONE!
(See the two ladders side by side)
Tron and I relax on the couch, while enjoying our new light:
(Even big dogs need lap time)
I was a little worried about the brightness, seeing as how we were going from 6 lightbulbs to 4 but it is just as bright! I also LOVE how it reflects on the ceiling!
Stay tuned for more house projects (eventually, my arms need rest first!)