Continuing on the entryway train. New lighting. Yipee!
I started a pinterest board dedicated simply to finding a light fixture for the entryway several months ago, in an attempt to have some visual aids for the hubby. He knows what he loves, but was completely disinterested when I tried to get him to help me decide. Maybe it was just terrible timing on my part. You know how you have to wait until the timing is just right for important conversations? Like light fixtures. Extremely important life-altering decisions we are talking about here.
I can’t believe he doesn’t care=).
So after bringing it up a couple times, I pretty much knew what was going to happen. I would make a decision, he would stare at me wide-eyed thinking “what in the world is that”. Only probably sounding a little more trucker-ish. So I went for it. After I passed this light fixture up at my first Ikea trip in several YEARS, (actually I didn’t pass it up- he vetoed it), I heard my mom was going to make another trip so I had her snag it for me. It’s completely reasonably priced (well under $100) so I figured it can live here temporarily until he (we) find something perfect. Which means it’s probably here to stay awhile.
Now to hanging this bad boy up.
Just to help you remember, this completely boring entryway has one recessed can light. I’m not sure if that’s better or worse than a crappy builder-grade fixture? But anyways, that’s what I’m working with.
Somewhere along my pinterest perusing I had seen a pendant conversion kit that was super cheap, and not terrible looking. You screw it into the light bulb spot (super technical electrical terminology here, I’m sure you’re impressed) and viola! Instant pendant. I found this one at Lowes.
I figured I’d give it a try. Then I opened up the Ikea fixture and had second thoughts. In my head, I was thinking that the Ikea light was just a pendant cover, but it came with a cord to be hard-wired. Hubby could have done it I’m sure, but he was slightly concerned about the spot being able to bear enough weight to hold a real fixture (not an issue with the Ikea one- it’s super light, but if we were to replace it later on it could be), and thought the conversion kit would be worth a shot. Most of the time, he’s not one to take shortcuts, but this one got the approval to go ahead and take the easy route.
It’s soo super easy to install. Takes no time at all. There is that little plastic screw that you loosen to make your cord the desired length. Once you have the right length (I read that entry chandeliers should be hung around 7-7.5 feet for a moderately high ceiling), you tighten that piece to secure the cord in that position. Then the excess cord is just coiled up and fits inside the recessed fixture.
Now of course for this part, the manufacturer recommends that you flip your breaker off, which may be overkill, but I did it just because electricity scares me! All you do though, is screw the “light bulb” looking part into the socket! This is so genius I tell you!
There is a little screw cap on the outside of the pendant that locks the cover plate into place, and THAT’S IT! Done in about 5 minutes. Ridiculous, right?! I had to get the ladder back out once to tighten this piece because the directions stressed not over-tightening it, but once I did that, it has held perfectly.
And now we have a little bit of interest in this once boring room! A lot of impact for under $100. Since the man of the house isn’t head-over-heels for it, it will probably eventually be replaced. Not likely anytime soon, though, so it’s nice to have something pretty to look at in the mean time.
It has the most amazing glow at night. The shadows bounce off the walls and add so much charm. In the midst of the board and batten project, I painted the inside of the door on a whim. I had a sample jar of paint for another project and just decided to go for it. I wish I would have done it sooner! It literally took me 20 minutes and a sample size jar. So $4? I figured we were planning on painting the exterior of the house anyways, and wanted my door black then, so why not go for it now! I used a foam roller for the majority, and a brush in the spots I couldn’t get with the roller. A couple thin coats and done. It’s BM Wrought Iron color matched in Behr. And you’re getting a sneak peek and the finishing touches on the board and batten. That’s it for now though- more goodness to come. I’m just about ready to call this space DONE!
Well for now anyways=).