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March 12, 2013

I've Seen the Light

After much waffling and drooling, I finally picked a light fixture for the laundry room!  When I said we have a "small budget," I'm not sure I've expressed how small.  Folks emailed me photos of $40 and $50 light fixtures.  I found the sweetest fixture and hmmmed and hawwwed over its $9 price tagIt's from Rona by the way.  Because it's so cheap and petite, we decided to get three to spread the light around our dim little windowless laundry room.  That's still only $27!  The height is just perfect, too - it turns out the pendants I was lusting after would have gotten in the way of dry rack (details soon).  Want to say hello?


I photographed one in front of our new painting, a lovely forest scene, because this light is actually an outdoor light, hence the crazy amount of insulation.  It has kind of a vintage quality, and reminds me of this pricier fixture (which rings in at $185 or $225.00, depending on size).


My plan is/was to paint it a darker colour (like the sconce version of this light) or maybe something bright?  But it's too cold to spray paint outside still, and spray painting in the basement last year had undesired results (we're still eating from pink cans of soup and the floors, wood pile, my suitcases and basically the entire storage room are still a pretty turquoise, thanks to my urge to kid-ify kitchen accessories).  So we're going to install them, paint the walls and floor (I picked a colour from my short-list!) and then see if we still want to paint them.  They are a cinch to un-install.  

Our runner-ups were two versions of the same caged "Marina" light fixture.  A similar style is a staple of most hardware stores.  The only trouble with this choice was that the bulb sits along the glass so one half is brighter, which is a weird look. 

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  1. Love these, Tanya. I may have to pick up a couple myself. I'm picturing the base sprayed a bright or neon colour and put in our kids' bathroom.

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    1. I love the idea of painting them a neon colour! And the whole base comes apart nicely (even the socket comes out) for easy painting. I'm still itching to paint them but I don't want them to compete with the colourful floor I am plotting . . .

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  2. PS. spill the beans on the floor colour.... pleeeeease!! :)

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  3. Haha! This is how I felt when you were painting your ceiling. I just want to be sure the chip looks good when all three of the new lights are installed (it's getting brighter in there - that makes a difference!). Plus I need to make sure the paint CAN be tinted that colour. Soon, I promise ;)

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  4. Darn winter weather! It really is putting the suspense on the whole light. Can't wait to see how you transform them.

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    1. Haha! I have such a huge pile of things I'd like to spray paint, just waiting for warmer weather!! Ah well, maybe I'll like the white . . . maybe I'll go hot pink. Winter weather is good for disguising just general waffling ;)

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