There were at least 3 brass ceiling lights in my house upon purchase. I don’t even what decade they were from – I’d guess 1960s? In any case, they were outdated and not at all classy. I took them all came down really fast and replaced 2/3 of them with this light from IKEA, which is still the only cheap “close-to-ceiling” light I can say that I like. (Sidenote: If I had a million dollars, I’d buy up a bunch of lights like these.)
The third brass light and the reason for this post? It was in my front entryway. It definitely wasn’t “entry-worthy” and I struggled to find something that was appropriate. Here’s what the old light looked like:
I knew whatever I replaced it with could only hang 24″ down from the ceiling without obstructing the swing of the door, and I didn’t want something too expensive, because in the back of my mind, it was the last light that anyone in the house would be focusing on, so why would I over-invest there?. Nonetheless, I searched and searched, until one day I was drawn to the selected light fixture at a local garage sale – This pretty copper and glass piece resonates with the arts and crafts movement girl in me, and I knew with a little work it would be a perfect length and fit for the space. Oh, and I negotiated the price from $5 to $2. It’s about 15″ in length, and holds one bulb.
The wiring it came with was pretty bad, so I borrowed some wire from one of the old fans that I wasn’t able to sell (I removed or replaced a grand total of 4 in my house since I moved in), and purchased a new porcelain socket from Home Depot (<$4!). Just a little change, but it does feel good.