As you may have read in earlier posts, my husband and I recently purchased our first home, a really nice foreclosure. While some foreclosures can be scary money pits, ours is in fairly good condition–after all, every house comes with its bumps and scrapes. However, there are small, yet glaring, reminders of its former life, such as when you look at the light fixture in our master bathroom pictured above and below. No, it’s not a terrible fixture, but there is a broken off bulb in one socket, a missing globe, and by the time I actually wrote this post, only one bulb was still working.
The solution, find an easy and cheap way to do my own DIY Lighting Update.
Isn’t it lovely? No, not really. The worst part about it is that the glass globes look dirty when the lights are off, as you can see by the second lamp. I dusted them before I changed them out, they’re actually very clean.
Specifically, these are the issues I had with the light fixture. On top of just not liking it, there was a broken bulb in a socket, one globe was totally missing, one globe had paint on it, and the whole fixture was loose, to boot. I had to tighten it to the wall by turning that little silver knob on the fixture’s base.
It was time for an update.
First, I removed all of the bulbs from the fixture. Make sure the bulbs are cool when you do this.
Above is a close-up of the end of a bulb I removed from the one socket. I wore gloves because there was still glass on the edges, and I had to stick my fingers into the bulb/socket to loosen it. I recommend turning off the electricity before you do this. I’m young and foolish so I didn’t do that, but I will always recommend it!
After removing the bulbs, I removed the globes from each lamp. I know that even this intimidates some people, but please don’t let it. All that you have to do is loosen the three screws that anchor each globe into place.
The hardest part about it was remembering Righty-Tighty, Lefty-Loosey. Note that I didn’t, and you shouldn’t, remove the screws completely. Just loosen them enough to slip the edge of the globe past them. Even still, I recommend closing or covering any drains if you’re doing this above a sink, because the screws can fall out and be lost in the abyss that is your drain.
At this point, I was ready for my new globes. I personally love them. They were $4.99 each at Home Depot, and they have a little bit of funky, yet polished, character. Or something like that. I like them, which is all that really matters. And they don’t look dirty.
I carefully installed each globe in the same manner that I removed the others. I slipped each globe past the screws, made sure each one was sitting in the groove of the fixture evenly, then gently tightened the screws. It’s important not to overtighten because the globes are glass, and they will break! Isn’t it already so much prettier!
Here’s where the fun came in for me. Remember I mentioned that this is a foreclosure? I was reminded of that fact even more when I started installing the new globes. First of all, this is a very cheap fixture. It looks really nice. It’s really not. Secondly, it slipped completely sideways with the weight of one globe on it. I had to tighten it to the wall, hold it in place, and quickly try to install the globe on the other side so it didn’t keep slipping sideways. Good times. But I digress!
Finally I added the bulbs, flipped the switch…and now I could see how dirty the bathroom was. Yuck. But the light fixture was pretty, it was easy to update, and it cost less than $25 to do! Isn’t it so much nicer?
Here’s a close-up of my new “install” with the light off and on. I like the dimension that bubbles in the glass add without being overly flashy or committed to one color that I may or may not like in a few years. And I like that it was cheap. And boy, was it easy!
So what do you think? Even if you aren’t a fan of the globes that I chose, you have to admit that this after shot is way better than the before picture at the beginning of the post!
I love the fact that there are going to be so many small things in our house that I can change and update for very little money, but will have such an impact on our space. I hope that my super easy and cheap DIY lighting update has inspired you, as well!
What projects can you tackle at home that won’t break the bank? Look around. I bet you’ll find some. I’d love to hear about them!
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