Replace THIS With THIS!!!
Ok don’t laugh, but here is my oh so beautiful laundry room light. Thank heavens for good natural light because that thing was USELESS. Ok are we all done laughing now!! haha Not sure how we lived with it for 3 years, but we did.
Now onto the replacement light. I am giddy about finally getting to use this light which I so happily found at Habit Re-Store for a measly $7.00. But first things first, the old light had to come out.
Step One: pull on the ledge of the light so it opens up towards you like this. Then squeeze the little metal things on each side to release the glass part of the light. You then have to unscrew the screw in the sidewalls and wiggle the whole thing out like a jigsaw puzzle only to realize that it is attached to a bracket up in the ceiling that you can’t see.
*HINT: unscrew the “hidden” bracket tucked up in the ceiling to then release the whole unit to avoid mumbling under your breath for 5 minutes. It was like trying to get a square inside a circle until I found that darn bracket!!!! There you have it, the old light is out and one more gray hair has appeared on my head.
Phew! Now I had to figure out how to cover the gaping square hole that the old light left. I was going to DIY something up until I came across this lovely little thing at Lowes for $10.00.
We put the new ceiling medallion up with the light to see how it looked and if we needed to make any changes. Here is how it looked.
Much better right?!? BUT…it needs a little something. So down it came and out came the paint. First, I screwed off the bottom and slid the glass off as well as the small plastic cylinders that hold the light bulbs in place. I then taped around the electrical part of the unit to prevent paint from getting in there. Then I sprayed a coat of primer and then 2 coats of metallic acrylic enamel that I found at home.
(As you can see I hung the light from a ladder to spray it down and even though there is snow on the ground, I swear it was warm enough to spray outside:)
As the spray paint dried on the light I worked on sprucing up the medallion. I painted the whole thing white and then took a small brush and painted black acrylic paint around the perimeter of the design.
After everything dried we were ready to hang the light. We had to put a small piece of wood up in the ceiling so that we had something substantial for the screws to screw into.
Then we attached the light! *HINT: make sure the medallion is put through the wires first and then attach the wires. ( DISCLAIMER: I am NOT an electrician, please don’t look at the pictures and try to connect wires without knowing what you are doing and get zapped. I mean I know a good beautician to get your hair redone but PLEASE!!! My husband did this part of the project for me and he is NOT an electrician either. For all intents and purposes we provided these pictures for informative purposes. Awesome thanks!) Moving on…
This picture (above) was taken looking up into the light. Isn’t it cool!!!
It’s the most boooootiful ting I ever saw!! That’s what my son used to say:)
Total spent for this project = $18.00. Total number of mumbles under my breath while trying to take out the original bracket for the light = 42. Finished light hung and shining while I fold laundry = priceless!!!