01 July 2012

No Project is Straightforward

In an old home no project is ever straightforward!

Don't you think?

Today, we worked on putting in a ceiling light in the living room.  My husband shut the power off and pulled out the three wires and guess what?  The ceiling fan that we removed had been hanging without a junction box!

My husband thought  he would have to go into the attic and put in a new junction box.  NOT.  Not with the temperature around here!

So he logged on the internet, researched, and shortly learned that one can buy a junction box that is a retrofit.  He headed to the Home Depot.

He made a hole in the plaster ceiling to match the size of the junction box; he put the wires through, and turned it, and these little paddles opened up and extended over the plaster to hold it in place.  As long as the light fixture is not heavy, this retrofit will work.

The ceiling light is from Lowes.  It is my between choice in price range, only 89 dollars.  It is similar to the much more expensive PB model on my Pinterest board, but it is more detailed than the one found at Home Depot for less than sixty dollars.  (Too bad Lowes and Home Depot don't have pins.)

It was a little tricky getting the bottom plate on with the crystal, because the screw is just barely long enough.

It looks nice in this seventy year old house, and it compliments my furniture and the Swedish-style chandelier over the dining room table without competing.  The metal finish looks like tarnished galvinized pipe, and there is an embossed design on it.  And the little tiny crystals make beads of light and an occasional rainbow all over the ceiling.

The metal rim at the top of the light is also embossed.

It's so delicate. 


  1. Hanging light fixtures is NOT fun! And you're right - things are never as simple as you think they'll be. Still DIY is rewarding in many ways!

  2. Such a lovely fixture, looks beautiful in your room.

    God Bless You,
    Pearl 13.1

  3. Your light is gorgeous! And it fits so well with the rest of the room!

  4. I love it!! What a beautiful light!! Thank you for sharing. Also, thank you for the visit and sweet comment @TheDedicatedHouse. It means the world. Wishing you a grand day. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  5. So fun that you found your wish list lamp at a better price. It looks fantastic! Thanks for joining my blog and your cute comment on my post about the little pencil box and my son. I am your newest follower as well!


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