Kindness on Her Tongue

Some Lighting Issues

Our home was built in 1972 which was a strange time when it was apparently not acceptable to have normal vanity lighting in bathrooms. When we bought our home in 2002, two of the three bathrooms were unfortunate enough to have this type of lighting. I wish I had some pictures of my son’s bathroom lights before we replaced them with a pendant light (almost immediately upon moving into the house – they were hideous) but I don’t. If you’ve done the math, you may have noticed that we have lived in our home for 7 years. And for that period of 7 years we have lived with some very interesting ’70’s lighting in our master bathroom. What was most interesting about these lights in our bathroom was not necessarily the actual look, but the fact that for 7 years only one light would work at a time. There were some very rare moments when both would burn bright together and we would hear a Hallelujah! chorus singing, but for some time now, that had not happened. They survived so long only because the previous owner had tried to update them by painting them which lent a sort of shabby-chicness to them and, at moments, they could appear to be quite charming. Recently, the bulb in the one light that happened to be working burnt out and upon replacement we sadly/jubilantly realized that the burnt out bulb was to be its last. The light would no longer come on. 7 years, people! 7 years of bad lighting and frightful makeup application flashed before my eyes. It was time. This was not something I could spend a whole lot of time researching – one cannot live without bathroom lighting for long. Also, it was not something we wished to put a lot of money into since we are hoping at some point to remodel this bathroom. Unfortunately, they do not make bathroom vanity lighting that hangs from the ceiling. I went to a local lighting store and I did find some pool table lighting ($53 – perfect!) which would have worked but was told it was a special order and would take about a week to arrive. I thought, “Lady, I ain’t got that kind of time! I don’t have lights in my bathroom!” But politely considered some other ideas which she offered. She suggested buying two pendant lights and attaching them to a bar, and while the pendant lights were affordable enough, the bar cost a whopping $98! That idea was rejected. Then she offered a brilliant idea. She said that if we still have the cap on the ceiling through which the wiring runs, then we could really use any two lights on chains and just paint the cap to match our choice. Woo-hoo! But alas, all those lights cost more than I wanted to spend. As I looked around the store, I noticed some of those little lantern type exterior lights. On chains. $24 each. Sold! The total? This is so cool – $53! Just exactly what it would have been for the original lighting I chose. So I took my little treasures home, bought some frosted glass spray paint, wrapped the lights in blue painter’s tape excepting the glass, and voila! I had new lights for my bathroom. I’m so excited about them. They are so much cuter than any other lighting I could have chosen.

Here’s a before shot, only it’s more like a during shot. My hubby had already started taking it down when I remembered to take a picture. But you get the idea:


My little lantern inside its painter’s tape cocoon:

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And new lights! I can actually see to put my makeup on now!



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  1. * mary'smom says:

    beautiful job. the lights look wonderful.

    | Reply Posted 8 years, 10 months ago
  2. * Lisa says:

    Great job! Quite the improvement!


    | Reply Posted 8 years, 10 months ago
  3. Wow .. that looks SO much sweeter! Lovely.

    | Reply Posted 8 years, 10 months ago
  4. * Ellen says:

    Oh, lovely! Was taping the lantern hard to do? I have a few similar projects, but am scared about the taping part of it.

    | Reply Posted 8 years, 10 months ago
    • * Kindness On Her Tongue says:

      the taping was not hard – just took some time and a lot of tape 🙂 there were a few little spots where the paint got through and i just used a cotton swab and googone to get the paint off.

      | Reply Posted 8 years, 10 months ago
  5. * Shelley says:

    Que Darling!

    | Reply Posted 8 years, 10 months ago

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