I was shopping and running errands Saturday and was doing quite well, so even though all my must-do stops were done, I made one more stop on the way home. I stopped at the Stock Swap, which is a local consignment store. They have a nice selection of furniture and home decor items. I wasn’t looking for anything in particular, just looking. I looked up and spotted this light.
I took the above picture of it and sent it to Bob, asking if he thought it would work for either our foyer or hallway. I also added the important part – it was half-price, so it was $32.50. He called me and said it looks nice and was worth a try, and worse case scenario was that I could re-sell it. I had been looking for different lights for our foyer and hallway for a while, just because they were the builder basic ones. We bought a spec house and all the lighting had been installed, and fortunately most of it we liked. I just do not like these lights – this was the current foyer light. While it functions fine, it doesn’t have the welcoming look that I would prefer in the foyer.
When I got home, Bob had done some house cleaning and did not want anything sitting around. So, we got right to work with installing the new light.
The light had definitely never been previously installed. The wire was all new and no chain links had been removed. Of course, there was not instructions with it either. We did some google and you tube searching, because when Bob removed the old light, this is what the wires looked like.
And, of course the new light did not have wire colors that matched. It had a ground wire, and then what looked like 1 other wire, that looked more like a normal lamp cord. We were able to determine from our searches that we just needed to separate that wire and strip the plastic off and then get to work connecting the wires. This was much easier said then done. It took quite a bit of trial and error. And, just to note we shut off the power supply to the area prior to starting any of this work!! Fortunately our errors were not in the wire connecting part, it was just in how we fed the wires through the lamp and ceiling connector that caused our trial and error delays. Overall, it still did not take us too long, and now we have a nice new look for our foyer.
The new light creates a nice glow in the foyer too.
Anyone else with a recent unexpected project? Or, any other good weekend shopping finds? As I said, it was a successful day of thrift store and bargain shopping, so I will have some other upcoming projects to share.