Oh lighting. At our last house, I didn’t pay a whole lot of attention to light fixtures until we’d been there long enough to not want to invest a whole lot in changing out every builder grade boob light and stock chandelier. Our boob lights over there weren’t quite as bad as some, so I could deal.
At this house, the builder grade light fixtures from 2001 all need to go. They are…I’m trying to come up with the best way to describe them. A speckled faux bronze or gold? Like, the finish is actually raised in places. Let’s just call them not my style and leave it at that. Luckily, there aren’t too many fixtures to replace – the original homeowners upgraded to canned lighting for most rooms, so we’re not facing a huge cost of upgrading the tons of builder grade lighting. While I decide what I want over the dining room and breakfast tables, the entry boob light was an easy first fix.
I spent a little time browsing the Home Depot website when we first moved in and was feeling underwhelmed at the options until I spotted this Vintage School House style flush mount. And I knew it was perfect for the overall feeling I want for our house – timeless and classic with a cottage vibe, so the perfect thing to hang above your head as you walk through our front door. I did consider a pendant light for a while, but even with 9 foot ceilings, there’s not a ton of clearance for the front door, so a flush mount was our best bet in this location.
I bought the light (with a Home Depot just moved coupon) on Sunday, and my resident electrical engineer decided to install it for me while I was at the park with the kids last night (B’s love language is acts of service, and he loves to surprise me by just doing things that he knows I want done, and I love that), but because of that we don’t have a real before picture. I was able to scrounge up this pic from the MLS listing though:
And this shot of the old guy after he got benched:
And here’s the new guy. Not a faux plaster/gold finish to be seen:
And the big picture:
I love this light. And for just under $50, an easy, relatively inexpensive (since we only have two of these to replace) change that makes a big difference. Painting the front door a real color and switching out the storm door (when we paint the rest of the house exterior next year) will also make a big difference, but for now, I’ll just love on my light. What do you think?