Welcome to Day 19 of my 31 Day Series, Building Character.
I apologize in advance for the photos you are about to see. These images may be disturbing...
I know, take a minute to recover.
Here is an image to help clear your mind:
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Those were the light fixtures that were in my kitchen, bedrooms and breakfast nook (in that order).
I mentioned before that the first item we tackled in the new house was the trim but, it was actually the lighting.
In the breakfast nook, the brassy chandelier was replaced with a black chandelier with custom shades. The mini shades were solid white drum shades from home depot. Using spray Elmer's glue, I wrapped them in fabric and covered the raw edge with ribbon.
I used the same technique for the square shades on the new fixture for the dining room. The dining room chandy was consignment shop find. It was originally a brass chandelier similar to the one in the breakfast nook. I updated it by spraying it with black high temperature spray paint.
I was able to improve the light fixtures in the kids' rooms using spray paint also. In my boys' room, I took it a step further and customized it with a compass rose vinyl decal.
In addition to replacing the brass and florescent light fixtures, we also added recessed pot lights throughout the house. Another simple and inexpensive upgrade we made was the addition of a dimmer switches. They are very nice for changing the mood and entertaining.
***Unless you are experienced or you want your 80's hair do back, it's always best to let a professional handle the installation of anything electrical***
See you tomorrow!
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