Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Schoolhouse Light

The other day I was pointing out to Nate, how much I liked this Hawkins light fixture from Rejuvenation House Parts in their catalogue.  Our house still has mostly brass hardware, except in the bathroom and kitchen.  And even though it seems like brass hardware is making a comeback I think we will slowly try to fade it out of our house.  We really want to replace the light fixtures in the kitchen, the front entry and the back hallway, but we want the metal on any new fixtures to match the door handles and whatnot near it both now and in the future.  When I saw these white porcelain  fixtures I thought they would be the perfect solution.  They wouldn't be metal so they wouldn't need to match any other metal.  The only problem, with the shade, each fixture is $195.  More than I want to spend on something we need four of.


Then we went to the Habitat for Humanity ReStore looking for tile because we are finally going to tile the bathroom floor (hopefully that will be another post soon).  They did not have the white hex tile we were looking for, but they did have this lovely vintage schoolhouse light.

It is kind of amazing how similar it is.  And it was only $20.  Sadly they only had one of them.  If they had two of them we would have used them in the kitchen,  But since there was only one and it hung down a little too low to use in the entry way, it ended up in the back hallway.  This was the old light fixture.  Possibly the ugliest shiny brass nipple light ever.

Here is what the hallway looked like before.  This was before painting the hallway grey and when we only had curtains on the washing machine closet.  

With just a little paint, magically finding the closet doors in the garage rafters and a new light fixture it looks so much better. 

I think we are going to need to stop by the ReStore more often to see if we can score some more vintage schoolhouse lights and to donate that old brass monstrosity.

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