DIY: Porcelain light fixtures

December 8th, 2009

New lights in hallway-1

We’re sick of these gross glass ceiling shades.

New lights in hallway-2

They’re all over the apartment, in every room, it was especially terrible in the hallway since it is ugly times 4.

New lights in hallway-3

We decided to make a trip over to the stockyards and pick up a bunch of these porcelain fixtures. They are just so pleasant simple and industrial, the clear 40watt bulbs have a nice exposed filament look to them.

New lights in hallway-4

I (John) am actually proud of myself because I became a man yesterday, instead of my usual man/boy reality, I did a manly man DIY. The idea of doing electrical was a bit overwhelming at first, but I was surprised how easy it turned out to be. I was so jazzed up I even re-wired a pendant light and strung it up over our dining table. You’ll have to check back for photos.

New lights in hallway-5

I know it’s hard to tell what an improvement it is from the photos, but it’s much nicer. At least we think so… We did have someone come by today and they weren’t into them, but our tastes are probably much different.

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  1. definitely better!

    most basic DIY electrical is pretty easy. we constantly move around light fixtures and rewire vintage stuff. i just built the radest chandelier and wired the whole thing myself (can’t wait to post about it :-). research the basics and your good to go!

    the brick house

    8 Dec 09 at 1:58 am

  2. ANYTHING is better than those Home Depot UFO-style horrible things.

    We had two horrific fixtures in our apartment – replaced them with this style (but with matte-black fittings) for $5 at Canadian Tire×200/2943793.jpg

    A major improvement.

    It might be worth looking into some neato Edison bulbs – Super low-wattage and the filaments are ultra-pretty.


    8 Dec 09 at 11:28 am

  3. So funny, I was just thinking that the other day – about electrical work being some right of passage into manhood (or womanhood in my case :-). Unfortunately, I have yet to promote from unscrewing electrical plugs (for painting purposes) to doing some real rewiring or even hanging up of lamps. I am still too freaked out by the whole idea of dying of electrocution… So congrats to you !!! Very nicely done – and definitely a big improvement for your hall.

    Fat Cat

    8 Dec 09 at 12:37 pm

  4. Haha, looks so much better! I really don’t know why those dish fixtures are so popular—they were obviously designed to be bug-catchers.


    8 Dec 09 at 7:38 pm

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