This is a story all about how… I really wanted a geometric light fixture. It all started with this guy from Shades of Light. I loved it & was going to buy it… and then I measured and it was just too small for our entryway. Sadness. So I went on a search and found…
And this one for $1032.00.
And these two that were discontinued. (The top was from West Elm & the bottom from Ballard Designs. )
I was about to give up. I definitely wasn’t paying that much. And the others were no where to be found. And then… I found this guy:
The Honeycomb Glass Pendant Shade from Urban Outfitters. For $64!!! I couldn’t believe it. And then I realized after reading the comments that you are just purchasing the shade & needed the actual light part of the light fixture. Since it is our entry way, I wasn’t about to be plugging the light in whenever I wanted it on. But I wasn’t giving up. I had seen people take light kits and make them into hardwired light. I did not think that I was that person though. Electrical things scare me… so I thought of another way.
I actually thought of about 100 other ways, but I’ll just let you know which one I ended up with. I bought this Westinghouse Pendant Kit. Generally, you buy them & they have different shade options that you can hang with them.
This looked simple enough to install… but hours later we were STILL trying to make the cord short enough. I was terrified to cut too many wires in case I didn’t know which was black and which was white & it was a nightmare. How to shorten the cord was no where in the instructions. Nightmare. Eventually, we got the thing short enough & started wiring it per the instructions. Again, electric work terrifies me. I feel like if I do anything wrong the whole house would burn down. But with the instructions, we did ok. And it actually worked the first time we tried. I might have scared the neighbors with my screaming.
So now we had to figure out how to get the actual shade up. We ended up going with three OOK ceiling hooks that just screw in. I cannot find them anywhere online, but they were with all of the other picture hanging / OOK products at our Home Depot. Of course, we tried the ones that you hammer in & they didn’t work… But these worked great. So without further ado or debacle, here is our light fixture!
Note 1: The ceiling is not totally fixed yet. Note 2: This was quite a challenge for me to photograph.
For less than $100 (and a zillion hours of work!) I am SO happy with it!
It makes a lovely pattern on the ceiling.
The light fixture that you can see down the hall is the same as this one used to be. Not quite a boob lamp, but not the most beautiful thing in the world.
This little corner of the house is becoming a favorite- the “board & batten,” welcome wall, & this geometric light fixture all make me happy. Now all I need is a new front door…
What did you work on this weekend? Any high end inspirations that you have found for cheaper? I love that kind of thing…