A couple of months ago Grant and I stopped at the Value Village in Red Deer on our way home from a wee trip to Calgary. I found this somewhat gross looking ratan light fixture that I thought had a lot of potential to be a much more attractive light. There was a very dirty ceramic piece inside the ratan cage that held the old lightbulb. I threw it out before taking photos. In the end I only saved the cage and the metal piece that attaches in the ceiling. We've replaced a few of the light fixtures that came standard with our condo. They were just too boring and modern for our liking. My last DIY for our office was to replace the "boob" light and when I found this vintage ratan fixture I knew it would be perfect for the office.
Grant bought a new ceiling plate (called a brass canopy kit at the hardware store), new socket and wire, an Edison bulb, and marrettes. He spent $10 on the supplies + $10 on the lightbulb. Click through the gallery for a step-by-step description of how he rewired the vintage fixture.
I'm so happy with the end result. It's definitely more my style and looks awesome lit up at night. I especially love the Edison bulb. It feels awesome to have an entire room checked off as complete. Speaking of which, I'll be sharing the rest of the room in a tour tomorrow!
What do you think of the "new" light? Have you rewired a light fixture from scratch before? Don't forget to check back tomorrow for the office tour!