Ding dong the lamp is gone

the ugly lamp, the hideous lamp. Ding dong the ugly lamp is gone!

When we bought our house 9 years ago, I knew I wanted to replace the cheap brass faux candle chandelier in the kitchen dining nook.  It originally had clear glass globes over the five light bulbs, which in addition to being very glare producing, showed every dust mote that landed on them, and seemed to attract the dust magnetically.  To add insult to injury, at some point in the past, someone had used scotch tape on the brass canopy which was now semi-permanently stuck to it (see it by Dan’s hand)

Someone, it might have been Dan’s mom, gave us the idea of replacing the glass globes with mini lamp shades, which we did, and it did improve things, especially in the glare department, but it still attracted dust and cat hair and just didn’t complement our house.

Then, we found the perfect replacement at a tag sale one summer.  Antique porcelain utility light shades, common in New England barns, light reflecting white in the inside, classic green on the outside.  Perfect.  We found four, three of identical size, and one slightly larger.  Ah, but the parts.  We looked around, and didn’t find a quick and painless solution although I KNEW one had to exist as I see these light fixtures all the time.

But time went on and other projects jumped ahead, until this holiday vacation week.  Our local hardware store problem solver Nick couldn’t solve the problem, but he sent us to a lighting dealer nearby who could, Lighting Concepts.  We brought the shade in, asked the guy at the counter if he had the parts.  He took the shade and disappeared out back, leaving us to wander about looking at the truly incredible display of light fixtures they had available (and leaving me to ponder their light bill).  Withing a few minutes, he was back, not only with the needed part, but with the lamp all wired and ready to be hung, and for less than $20.  And it looked great.  Amazing.  (That part?  A brass holder; yep, that’s the technical name.)

And so now it is hanging above the table.  Dan even had in inventory a clever little pulley from which to suspend it, as we didn’t want to deconstruct the ceiling and header beam to move the lamp so that it is centered over our table.  We have three more similar fixtures; we’re now pondering the bad lighting in our kitchen to see if we can improve it with the remaining lamps.  We’ll keep you posted.

ps.  Need a brass chandelier?  It’s yours, just let me know.

Oh, and happy new year, everyone!

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7 Responses to “Ding dong the lamp is gone”

  1. chook Says:

    i love your nook! the new lamp fits right in.

    • Ali Says:

      Thanks, Chook! It is prime birdfeeder watching territory, too, making winter breakfasts that much more pleasant.

  2. O. Says:

    So much better, although I did like the tiny plaid shades quite a bit.

  3. jeannie Says:

    Out with the old in with the new! It’s a new year!
    And sometimes one mans junk is an other mans treasure.

  4. Kate@LivingTheFrugalLife Says:

    We too have an ugly hanging lamp that has long since begged to be banished. Somehow the inside of the house just doesn’t hold my attention for much of the year. But wintertime…well, that’s different of course. That lamp’s days may be numbered now. Thanks for the nudge.

  5. wf Says:

    Those shades were kinda cute : )

    Love your nook…very cozy!!!

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