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3.12.2011

Entryway Progress

After last week's disappointment of finding out I'd have to wait an additional month for my grasscloth wallpaper to get to me, I found some other (small but significant) projects in our entryway to keep busy on.  Since we moved in, we've had two tiny, dated light fixtures that lack all visual interest and give off very little light.


Hideous, I know.  I've found so many beautiful fixutres, but almost all of the ones I was interested in were either too large in scale, or hung too low for our eight foot high ceilings.  I also love the drum shade trend--but again, all of the ones I liked were either too tall, too long, or too expensive :)  Here's the look I was after--low profile and sophisticated:


This look is so simple, and I was convinced I could do it myself.  Luckily I stumbled across two low profile, 6" high shades for only $10 a piece.


They sat around for a couple of weeks while I tossed around some ideas on how to install these properly.  I pulled my husband in on the little project, and he had it figured out within an hour.  We bought two inexpensive 2-light fixtures (also $10 each), and simply installed them without the glass globe.


Actually, Mr. CottageModern installed them while I was at work one day, and had the whole set up complete when I got home!  I love when things just magically get done :)



Again, please excuse the awful wallpaper (its on its way out in about a month).  Here are the quick and easy finished products.  We added a longer threaded rod to allow for the height of the shade, but besides that, it was a very uncomplicated fix for about $20 per fixture.  I still need to add a circular diffuser to the underside in order to cover up the bulbs, but overall, the finished product is just what this little entry needed.

7 comments:

Sarah said...

These look great Kristin! and they are a great update from the old!! :)) You had asked about putting up the wallpaper...well, I didn't have anything too sophisticated and my husband put it up with no difficulty...:0

The Starr Family said...

Well look-y there... fabulous! Don't scratch the screen, but I just saw drum shade pendants at Lowes (I think they were marked down to $40 each). They look eerily similar to the ones you created... but rest assured in know yours were born of ingenuity and personal style :)

Stephanie said...

Love your solution, looks so sophisticated. And how your husband did it while you were out, too sweet.

Designing Domesticity said...

great look and very clever. Well done! liz

JTay said...

What a great idea!

Mark said...

I like your house and Its such a nice, You have done such a good job, I like your idea about all visual interest and give off very little light.
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