At about for 6 of the globes, we’d be saving a lot of money since most of the fixtures I’ve seen are about that much for one – But I’m still not sold yet… During my time as a home stager, one of the most common recommendations I made during the staging consultation process was to “update your light fixtures”.The old globes sitting next to the new ones on the counter really show just how dingy they’ve gotten over the years.
Three of the new ones on the fixture to the right and the big frosted globe made it in amongst the old globes to the left: Here are a couple of close ups of the one on the left (try to ignore the old globes flanking the new one in the center…): And then the other set: I also took a couple of shots with the lights off since I know they are sort of hard to see.
So far, John and I are both leaning towards the grooved globe – It’s got that vintage vibe we like without getting into traditional.
Although I’d prefer a fixture with straight lines throughout, our current ones are in good shape and could be given a new life with updated globes.
Here are the options I brought home to try out: We’ve got: Here are the original lights again – You can see the globes a bit better in these photos: To try the new ones, I took the lightbulbs out and then unscrewed the hardware holding the old glass in place.
The plan is to change the paint color, possibly add a chair railing (or something that LOOKS like a chair railing) and add some new art/accessories—and who knows maybe a new bathroom faucet! Not terrible, but could use a little love and a lotta bit of personality: Another big thing to update is the lighting.
It’s hard to tell in the photo above, but the two glass and chrome fixtures are a little traditional for our tastes…I’ve been scouring the internet for good deals on replacement light fixtures, but haven’t really found anything that it’s in our price range (which, as always, is cheap and/or cheaper).
Remove any screws holding the light base to the wall.
Once the old light is completely removed, determine whether there is an existing electrical box. Adding one now is smart for structural reasons as well as electrical safety.
Outdated builder-grade light fixtures do nothing to enhance the appeal of a property.
Homeowners are sometimes reluctant to follow through on this recommendation because they don’t want to spend money hiring an electrician to install new fixtures, or deal with drywall patching and the other minor repairs that often go along with the process of replacing a fixture.
If your lighting fixture is of the dated brass finish variety, but has “good bones” so to speak, then spray painting it may be your best option.