My number 8 choice is lighting. This may possibly be one of the best choices to personalize your home immediately. Removing the outdated 1980’s builder’s things. Those 3 light chandeliers and ceiling hugging globes. The plain jane recessed lights and the 3 globe drops in your bathroom. Change it up! Make your home magazine worthy by adding a little style.
The Age of Enlightenment
By now you have to know that I’m a bit of a chandelier fan. I admit to having a chandelier in every room of my house including the laundry room. Ok, that’s a bit of an exaggeration. The back living room doesn’t have a chandelier, it has the most awesome ceiling fan because it’s the hottest room in the house. And my laundry room actually has 2 chandeliers. But, my obsession isn’t the point. The point is to change up your lighting……especially if you’re still living with the original fixtures. Wait, let me be clear. If you live in a 1920’s Craftsman, LEAVE YOUR LIGHTING ALONE! For those of us who live in the cookie cutter neighborhoods, it might be time for an upgrade.
Lighting Your Way
Here’s the cool thing about rocking your own lighting style. You can design and make your own lights! Making a light is as easy as buying a kit. All the chandys in my home have been found junkin. Some like the one in my bedroom I picked up at a junk swap, I’ve found some curbside and others at thrift stores. With the exception of one chandelier, I haven’t paid more than $20 for any of them. So keep your eyes and mind open when looking for a new fixture!
Lights, Camera, Action!
If you’re thinking, “Are you crazy? FBB, my budget doesn’t allow me to run out and replace all my fixtures”. Then you just don’t trust me yet. Seriously, it’s okay….I won’t pout, much. We just need to keep our eye on the ball or in this case the light globe. I don’t expect you to replace them all at once! Replace them as you can and be frugally stylish about it, GO JUNKIN! But just in case that’s too much of a strain on your already overburdened wallet, how about this? Go crazy on the fixtures you do have. Hmmmm. Maybe an example is needed.
Let’s pretend that this is your dining room lighting and you are less than enamored. As a matter of fact, you are ready to file a restraining order, but the hubs has taken one of those, “it doesn’t bother me” stands. You can’t kill him….seriously, there are laws. But you can still upgrade that sucker.
This is a shining example of why spray paint was invented. Husbands around the world are still walking around today without significant injury because of spray paint. If this was my fixture and I couldn’t replace it, I’d spray paint it black, permanently remove the globes and add a string of crystal garland from Michaels wedding aisle. Ok, I’d probably add drop crystals too. Ohhh, or maybe white with some metal flowers glued around it. Or whatever color floats your boat and add some lamp shades. WHATEVER! The point is work with what you’ve got, it can be done! Look at my kitchen sink lighting. You can find this and other projects under my cleverly titled page Projects.
It has taken me a year to replace all the fixtures in the house with the exception of the main bathroom, but I’m working on my plans as we speak. Take your time, find out what you like before you dive in. Study what you have with an eye to giving it a makeover. Scour your countrysides thrift stores. And watch videos like this one so you can change the wiring in anything that you find.
Replacing your light fixtures doesn’t have to break the bank, but it can make your home magazine worthy overnight! And if you are looking for more ideas about lighting, read Vintage DIY Lighting.