Daily Archives: 02.25.2012

A Bit of Improvement: Hitting the Lights

Last weekend, the real purpose of our trip to Lowe’s was not for seeds, but to source a few light fixtures for our main floor.  The fixtures that the house came with, while not totally heinous, are a whole lot of brass n’ glass.  Which we do not love.

File that under Design Concepts That Never Should Have Come To Fruition.

Last weekend, Marcus offered to replace the hall light WITH the caveat that if we were not successful in our attempt, I would be without a hall light until he got home from his business trip and we could call a real expert (my father-in-law) in.

We took down the old fixture.  The new fixture we purchased was missing a piece.  It got returned to the store and I was without a hall light.

We all saw that coming.

This morning, while I was off leading my 5k group, Marcus and David did The Replacing.

What I learned about photographing light fixtures: It’s better to take the photo when the light is off, and depending on where the fixture is located in your house, it might be totally impossible to get a shot with any degree of natural light.

The kitchen.

I love it 11/10 except for the part where it makes the cabinets that The Previous Occupants did not re-do look absolutely heinous.  Re-facing them to match our island will need to happen sooner than later.

The hall.

The original problem.  And despite the fact that David revealed all of the secrets of light fixture replacement to Marcus today, we will be taking it down and returning it for another.  Because the light that it gives off is fluorescent and blue in contrast to all of the warm light that is happening in this house.

Add that to the top of the list of problems I never thought I would have.  I always knew I would need to pick a theme for our fixtures (brushed steel?  bronze?), but I never thought I would be concerning myself with how to match the type of light that the fixtures cast.

What home improvement projects have you attempted to tackle recently?