There is a healthy dose of fear and/or respect that surrounds DIY light fixture installation. I feel that the fear of all things electrical keeps a lot of folks tolerating the same old builder grade lighting for years and years instead of finding something new that they love. Even if you grow tired of a light fixture, it seems like a hassle to hire an electrician to come out just to change out a few lights. Well, I’m here to tell y’all that it’s really not that hard to DIY this type of thing. It takes about 10-15 minutes, max. Seriously. My husband has become an old pro at changing fixtures.
I’ve had some Cabela’s gift cards lying around since Christmas, so I decided to spend them on some stuff for the house! Cabela’s is an outdoor/ sportsman kinda joint, but they also have a cabin and home decor section. Now, 99% of their stuff is way too lodge-y for everyday use, but that 1% might surprise you! Kinda like Cracker Barrel, you just never know where you might find great stuff for your house, so keep your eyes peeled. We are big fans of Cabela’s around the Bryan household. So much that they send us a hardbound book every year with all their merchandise. Recently I fell in love with the floor lamps and wall sconces from the Grand River Lodge Collection . I pinned it, and here is what it happens when pins come true:
Isn’t it beautiful?
At just $39.99 it’s a steal compared to a very similar one from Barn Light Electric. Here is the “Appaloosa” that costs $155.00 compared to the Grand River Lodge sconce from Cabelas for less than 1/3 the price. I heart Cabelas.
Let me show you how we did it.
First, and most importantly in my opinion, I turned off the power to the breaker that controls this light. Then, my husband took down the old fixture.
Side note: Please excuse the dirty fingernails of my hard working man. They usually don’t look like that but he had put in a long hard day of pool fence rust removal and spray painting so he had a good excuse! Just had to clarify that for all of you who just went “ew.”
Once he got the light unscrewed this is what it looked like behind.
Unscrew all the little caps and put them in a safe place then untwist the wires from one another.
Since our old fixture was oval and the new one was round I had to break out the touch up paint. This added some time to the project but was definitely necessary. This also shows what a great job Sherwin Williams did of matching up my Restoration hardware sample paint. Once it dried we can’t even tell the difference.
See this rod right here?
Try to see if your new light will fit onto the existing rod before you go installing a new one. It might fit perfectly and then you’d have wasted time for nothing. We wasted time for nothing. Learn from our mistakes.
Once the paint was dry he simply twisted the wires that are in the wall together with the wires that are inside the new light. Black to black; white to white, copper to copper (ground wire). I know it looks like we have twisted white with black here but the black wire had white paint on it. No worries. Screw the wire caps back onto the ends of each exposed wire.
After that, just stuff all the wires behind the light as best as you can, and screw it onto the threaded rod and boom… just like that, a new light fixture!
I’m really digging it on the staircase wall.
And while I’m showing you that area, lemme show off a few other changes that have happened lately. Look! I hung stuff on the wall! And one of these days I’m gonna put pictures of my family inside that empty frame.
Also, check out my new birch branches that I found this weekend at a local antique place.
I know that you northerners probably think I’m crazy for paying money for tree branches, but white birch trees just don’t grow this far south, so I’m forced to pay for nature. I figured it was cheaper and easier than driving to Vermont with trees hanging out of my car. I love these guys standing tall in that little entrance nook. I want to mount a picture frame on them but I haven’t gotten that far just yet. Baby steps, right?
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