Hallway Light

We’ve had this hole in the ceiling in our hallway for, oh…let’s see…maybe, like, two years?

After we painted the ceiling, we just never got around to installing a light, and to be honest, we’re not really “overhead light people”, so we didn’t even really miss having one there. But, ever since I got my Notebook app, I’ve been on a mission to cross something off my “House” to-do list every couple days. The first task on my list was “install light in the hallway”, so I made a trip to Home Depot and picked up this little guy on sale for under seven bucks…

(Hampton Bay Classic Collection – Acorn Ceiling Fixture)

It was the right width (we need to be able to open that ceiling vent up there to change the air filter), but it wasn’t the right finish, so when I got home from the store I hit the base with a little white spray primer and a little white spray paint…

It’s nothing fancy-schmancy, but neither is our little cottage-that-could, so I thought it would work just fine for a light that probably won’t even get turned on- ha!

There was four too many wires sticking out of that hole in the ceiling though, so we had an electrician friend come and hook it up for us- and after I took this crazy, fish eye-ish photo of it…

…I happily checked that sucker off my list!

Big up’s to the iPhone Notebook app for lighting my fixer upper fire- ha!

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Comments

  1. says

    I knew when I saw the box that you would the paint the base. White was a good choice… it sorta helps the light blend in with the ceiling. Looks like you have plenty of light evening without a fixture. No wonder it took you so long to fix it!

  2. Vanessa Champlin says

    Layla,
    Did you and Kevin build the storage “bench” that I see under the mirror on the hallway? (In the first picture of this post.) I’m looking for one that won’t break the bank – thanks as always for the inspiration and ideas!

  3. says

    Layla,
    Love it & love crossing things off the list.

    My real question is, how on earth do you keep the house so picture perfect? Lately, I’ve been googling “Where does dust come from?” and “How to stop dust from happening.” I’ll let you know if I find some magic solution.

    Amy

    • Layla says

      Hi Amy!
      I just straighten up before I shoot- ha! Although, I’m sure there is some dust in those pics! ;-)

  4. says

    Uh oh. We just purged our house (closets, hall) of lights that look exactly like that. I always miss the boat on these things.

  5. says

    i am SO not a fan of polished brass and LOVE that you were all BAM, fixed! so cute and i really should have thought of it before i walked away from a stupid low price on several items. but, now i know!

  6. Queen Mary says

    Love, love, love the acorn light! I need one for my kitchen! I sent the post to DH to get him on board! Thanks for sharing your brilliance! (pun not intended)

  7. Jennifer says

    LOVE IT!
    I was just at Home D today picking up THREE lights to fill those holes…Gotta’ love the “checking off the list” feeling!

    Thanks for inspiring!
    J

  8. says

    I’m kind of like you….I’m not sure if I would have been more excited to get the new light up or to cross something off my list!

  9. Annie says

    It looks so much better with the base painted! I have seen that same light and thought ugh, yet another one with the brassy base and passed it by. :)

  10. says

    Do you have any tips (or an already posted tutorial :)) on spray painting? I spray painted a lamp base recently, and the finish ended up looking and feeling chalky/gritty. I sanded, primed, and used 2 cans of Krylon gloss spray paint. I don’t know where I went wrong. Anyway, the little light fixture base looks perfectly smooth and shiny, so just thought I’d ask. :)

  11. says

    Dontcha love that moment when you realize that something that had been on your list for the past 2 years took 15 minutes and $15 and it was done? Ya gotta love a checklist. Lisa~

  12. says

    Simple & perfect, I love it. Not everything has to be a focal point- then things just get too busy. You always have such a good balance- you must do this for a living or something. :)

  13. says

    too funny I purchase the same light from home depot two weeks ago and did the same thing; but in Oil Rubbed Bronze! I’m also applying a mercury glass treatment to the glass shade. :)

  14. says

    You’ve got such an eye! I’m not sure I would have selected that light, but it’s PERFECT! Love what the white spray paint did to it. The glass is so pretty and simple and the white really shows it off.

    Nice work!
    Jen
    athomeinthenorthwestblog.com

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