When we moved in, one of the first things to come OUT of the house was the dining room light fixture. At first i thought we didn’t have a picture, because well, why waste valuable hard drive space?, but D managed to dredge one up. Check it out! “Bronze” & “Alabaster”. Wow, its really even worse than i remembered. I think there may have been “ivy” on the perimeter too. It had to go.
It took us awhile to figure out exactly what we’d want to put in its place. We were pretty sure we wanted a pendant fixture to give some dimension to the space. The ideal fixture would be an authentic Poul Henningsen fixture. Not in the budget, sadly.
We also had been really inspired by all the vintage wire fixtures we were seeing over the blogosphere and in reuse stores. D saw a few this past spring at a store up in Mount Vernon on her way to the tulip festival. Also, our friend Wren posted about it here.
The coolest thing about these is the big exposed light bulbs, in a variety of fun shapes. Anthropologie has a bunch right now. Rejuvenation has some simple fixtures with the types of bulbs we loved. All of these, though, were a bit rustic. We have a lot of vintage knick-knacks, and we like to modern-it-up through all of that to avoid the country kitsch.
Most of all, we wanted something simple but totally unique. Doing some research online, I came across this simple, brushed nickel pendant fixture that is sold without a shade. For $13! So i thought, well, i’ll buy it, and we’ll keep it as a backup until we find the perfect fixture. Or, the perfect shade. Then, we searched Second Use, the Restore, and our existing basement stock of glass shades to see if anything would work. Nothing was really striking us.
One day, I was searching etsy and found a vintage lamp shade form. I’m pretty sure it was originally stretched with fabric, but i was really in love with the way it is shaped with the simple wire frame. Without a cover, its simple, translucent, and allows us the exposed bulb we really wanted. Also, it had the perfect hole on the top for the pendant wire to connect. And… it was $8 (plus shipping) Easy Peasy!
So the pieces:
Easy peasy except the really crappy knob+tube wiring in the dining room ceiling. We decided to wait for fearless Mr. Don to come to town with his handy electrician skillz. It took him about 5 minutes to unscrew the fixture canopy (the cover plate that mounts to the ceiling to cover your wires), slip our new wire frame on the fixture, and hang it from the ceiling. We screwed in one of our clear round glass bulbs and voila! Our simple, midcentury-esque dining room light fixture. All for less than $30.
My fave is the pattern the light casts on the ceiling 🙂
More views. . .
While we’re here talking about lighting, I stumbled across some other beauties this morning. Drool along with me. . .