But back to the point of the story. If they had an amateur sport of light changing- I'm pretty sure that I'd kick ass. Not only did I change out my dining and kitchen lights to ones I made myself but I also changed my bathrooms vanity lights recently. This time around was the light outside in my screened in porch. The one that is out there is hideous. Muy cheapo. As in when I was looking for lights in Lowe's the one that I currently have is listed for $4.97. No lie. See the below shots. Hideous, right? And way too small.
Well last week I had some family in town and while they were here we went all over the place shopping. While they were browsing around I headed over to the outdoor lighting area. And I found exactly what I was looking for. I set two goals for myself when buying a new light for this area. It had to be the right size and had to be inexpensive. My standard for "inexpensive" was not for it to be cheap like under $5 like the one before. But I definitely didn't want to pay $50 for it either. Which I could definitely have done with all of the pretty lights that were there.
While the above light is way too small, I couldn't go too big because as you can see it's right in the path between the two doors. When you come out the kitchen sliders you immediately turn to go out the screen door. So it can't jut out too far as I don't want to have it get knocked into. I wasn't too particular on the metal finish- could go with chrome, brushed nickel or black wrought iron. As long as it wasn't brass I was fine with whatever tickled my fancy.
There were a couple of cool industrial looking lights that I liked but they had exposed bulbs and I wasn't sure how I felt about that so I passed on those. But something like this- they had with or without the grate. This one wasn't in the store and I kind of like it actually. But....... oh well.
Then there were a couple of lantern looking ones that I liked as well. But I felt they were too boxy for that space.
It was funny because when we got home I took it out of the box to inspect it and make sure there wasn't anything broken. When I was done I just left it on the table out of the box. My aunt was getting all nervous with it out like that and started to put it back in the box. I told her it was OK to leave it out since I'd probably be installing it within the next day or two. She was like, "You're not going to install it YOURSELF, are you?" She must not know about the pink toolbelt. I did my best not to laugh but was like- of course I'm going to install it myself. Duh. Who do you think installed all the lights in the house? She thought I was going to wait until my dad came out next time for him to put it up. I won't lie, I do have a never ending list of projects for my dad to do when he gets here
So here is what it looks like out there now!!
Do you like? I do!! See the seeded glass two pictures above? Like little air bubbles inside of the glass. Just a little bit of detail to make this light have some character. Have you changed in your houses lately? Even the smallest and most simple thing can make a difference. It doesn't always have to be something big and expensive.