Saturday, August 25, 2018

Our Old House Has Been Getting New Lights

As many of you know, my husband and I bought a house that was built in the early 40’s and is extremely outdated. We have completely renovated both of our girls' rooms from top to bottom, painted some rooms, changed some doors & windows, and more. It has been a very rewarding and exciting time for us. Unfortunately, remodeling can be very expensive, but there are some things you can do that won't bankrupt you, yet will have a huge impact on the appearance of the home. Light fixtures are one of those things that are not super expensive. You can just change a fixture a month, which is what we have been doing. Plus, upgrading lights is not a huge project that takes weeks and weeks to complete. A light is one of those things that can upgrade a room quickly and economically, in a manner which really maximizes its visual appeal. 

Since being in the house we have changed many different lights, 12 in total.  This is counting the two simple pull string lights (one under the stairs and one in the cleaning closet), the range hood has a light as well as the garage door opener. The rest were in rooms and hallways, and we are only halfway done.

Some of the lights I was able to take before and after photos. Unfortunately, I did not think to take 'before' pictures of them all. 

The girl's room started out as one long room with long fluorescent lights. Those things had to go! Hubby put up a wall and made the room into 2 bedrooms for the girls. After we divided the long room into two rooms, they each got a new light. I wanted to do ceiling fans but unfortunately, the ceiling was too low. Lillian has a hallway that leads to her room, which also needed a new light. 


This is a before picture of the girl's room. Yes, that is outside patio-style carpet with thin walls & ceilings that were covered in paneling that was closer to cardboard than wood or drywall. You can go check out our progress of the girl's room's from start to finish here


 Lillian's room has new walls and a new light.


Dominique's room has her new light, with everything nice and new too!


Lillian's hallway light, on the wall.  I wish I had taken a picture of what it looked like before. It was a huge eyesore. 


This is our family room at the back of the house. As you can tell I had been tearing off border and painting walls. Yes, that is a ceiling fan with no light. It was always so dark in the back family room, UNTIL... 


Our new ceiling fan. Much more updated and the plus side, it has lights.



While I was doing the walls in the back of the house, we also decided to update our range hood. This hood offers bright LED lights that light up the whole kitchen. Plus, the old one had this horrible sound everytime I tried to use the fan, it was at least 30 years old. Too bad I forgot to take a picture of it.


The is the hallway leading from our kitchen to our dining room. It had a basic glode light before. This new light is much nicer.



Same for the foyer. It had a basic glode light at one point in time. It fell off and shattered. No worries, the new light is much better anyway. 


This weird looking thing was in our garage. Yes, this light fixture took only one light and it was supposed to light up the whole garage. I think this was from the 30's or 40's, by the look of it. 



The new light offers much more light and looks much better. Plus, we were able to really clean the garage and organize it once we actually had some light. 


Yes, there is a zip tie on that dining room light, with a missing glass panel. Not only was this light fixture outdated it gave off no light at all.



The new light offers a more modern rustic look and looks so much better. 

We still have many more lights to go before we are done. But, we are making progress. One room at a time, one month at a time. 
#diy #remodel #lights #lightfixture 

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