See that blue tag? That means 30% off. Of $10.50. I got this thing for $8 and some change after tax. I felt a little bit like I was stealing from Children's Hospital.
The price isn't the lucky part, though it is a total bonus. This whole thing started when I decided to stop into the Seattle Children's Bargain Boutique one day about a month ago, when I was
|See? He wears western-y stuff sometimes. (Source)|
Anyway, the lucky part is that I saw it on that first visit, about a month ago, and almost snatched it up, but then I saw this weird thing on the top and it scared me off. None of the tutorials I found online about switching out light fixtures included anything about weird plastic plug-in boxes.
|Anyone know what that is?|
Andy said he thought it looked like a European plug.
I have yet to Google it.
Plus, if you look closely, that copper wire is fraying, which doesn't seem safe to me. Did I really want to try to teach myself how to rewire a light fixture? Getting down to the technical stuff in lighting class was not my favorite. So I put it back.
But I kept going back to that light in my mind. The metal was in perfect shape (unlike my other brass score, our guest room headboard, which needs some serious soapy love) and it was a great scale for the room. With some round bulbs (like this) and maybe a color change on the wood arms? Just quit.
So yesterday, I was
Well, if it's very simple and super easy... As I reread that now, I realize he probably meant compared to tearing down walls and patching plaster, but whatever. No going back now! I have been debating tackling a version of this light tutorial for over our kitchen peninsula. So really, what's wiring from scratch vs. taking wires out and starting over?
I decided to
I figure, if for some reason I can't take this thing apart to rewire, I can always donate it back and Children's can make some more money off it from someone who knows what they are doing. And if it does work, then I can grab some of those awesome round LEDs and some black (or possibly white but probably black) paint and a ceiling plate and my tall husband to help me install, and we will be in business. Oh, and a weekend devoted to actually cleaning out this room. Considering we can hardly walk into the room packed with moving boxes. Minor details...it's all so easy in my mind!
For now, I will just stare at our new light fixture, envisioning it done and working perfectly in our office.