So guys, remember how I lamented about our unfortunate light fixture in our front hallway? The same front hallway that has the quirky chevron ceiling and minty mirror? I felt like that ugly flushmount fixture was overshadowing all of the fun in this little space, so I had been on a hunt for a new one for months.

And it finally happened a week or so ago. This lantern-come-schoolhouse style pendant was just sitting on it’s lonesome at my local Value Village. I saw it from afar and bee-lined my way over… It took about 0.3 seconds to get it into my cart. I totally loved the shape, the size was perfect for our space (we couldn’t have something too big or that hung too low, since the door opens into that hallway), and the $3.99 price tag was killer.

I wasn’t crazy about the bronze finish and there were some marks on it, so I did a couple light coats of matte black spray paint to bring it back to life. Hubby did the installation, and the old lamp is ready to be donated. Bye bye, boob light.

The only issue, as you can see in the pics, is that because I painted the chevron with the old light in place, we now have a white ring around the new guy. It’s not the end of the world, but it looks a bit off. I can’t say that I’m hugely motivated to fix it (there are so many other projects to start!), but I’ll put it on the to-do list and see when I get there.

Isn’t it so much better? Simple, clean lined, and plays off the ceiling perfectly. I would even say that it’s tied with my DIY capiz-shell chandelier for sexiest (yes, a light can be sexy… right?), most budget-friendly pendant. I’m officially in love.

Any new light fixtures in your life recently? DIY’d any or found some sweet deals? Or maybe you’re a crazy person like me, and run in the middle of the thrift store to an item you can’t pass up. C’mon.. I can’t be the only one. 

  • http://www.aswellplacetodwell.com Kelly M

    I actually really like the space left by the old light….it frames the new light. It would have been super hard to do that if you had tried to, but you managed to get it by accident. I wish my Value Village had awesome light fixtures…instead they always have ugly brass lamps.

    • gemma

      Thanks Kelly! I think I may agree with you about the ring around the fixture (although that might just be me trying to convince myself so I don’t have to fix it!!). Haha. And the light was a total score… there are usually just brass and glass fixtures at my VV too!! Just one of those lucky days!

      xo,
      gemma

  • http://ramblingrenovators.blogspot.com Jen @ RamblingRenovators

    Start the car!!! Great score on the light. I might repaint the circle too… but it would be at the end of a long to-do list. Looks great as is!

    • gemma

      Hahah – that’s exactly how I felt, Jen!!

      xo,
      gemma

  • http://www.strydomsmakinghome.blogspot.com Bronwyn

    Hey hey!! Love the new light fitting :) why dont you put a ceiling rose on the roof and it would cover where the white is? Like we did in our bedroom. Check it out at the end of the post: http://www.strydomsmakinghome.blogspot.com/2012/01/welcome-to-our-blog.html
    we also did it in out lounge/living room area:
    http://strydomsmakinghome.blogspot.com/2012/01/painting-our-lounge-and-adding-feature.html

    • gemma

      Such a good idea! Love them in your pad, Bronwyn. Thanks!!

      xo,
      gemma

  • http://www.puffshouse.blogspot.com Jackie

    Looks beautiful! I didn’t notice the white circle until you mentioned it. I can’t believe it was $3.99!

  • http://thisdustyhouse.com Jeanette @ This Dusty House

    I love it! And you can’t get any better than $3.99. Seriously, what a find!

  • http://myrelentlesspursuitofperfection.blogspot.ca/ Emily

    Amazing purchase. I really need to get into Value Village more often here in Ottawa. Really nicely done.

    • gemma

      Yes!! It’s so fun – I pretty much always walk out with *something* :)

      xo,
      gemma

  • http://www.apearlinthemaking.com Tonya

    I think the circle is fun, but can understand how it could bug you. An easy fix would be some type of ceiling medallion.

    • gemma

      So true!! I hadn’t even considered that option. Thanks Tonya :)

      xo,
      gemma

  • http://jaxdoesdesign.blogspot.ca Kelly @ JAX does design

    Your new light fixture looks great! Not to mention a fantastic deal :-) I kind of like it with the white circle from the old fixture around it – it sort of highlights the fixture like a ceiling medallion.

    The most recent light fixture in my house is my DIY capiz chandelier :-) And I ordered two bubble chandeliers yesterday for our bathroom reno. I love pretty lighting ♥

    • gemma

      Oooh the bubble chandeliers sound fun!!! Thanks Kelly!

      xo,
      gemma

  • http://www.how2home.wordpress.com how2home

    What a deal for the new light fixture! Looks really good!

  • http://northofseven.wordpress.com Alex @ northofseven

    Lucky score! I have been looking for a light like that at thrift stores forever as I have had my eye on the Fishermans Pendant Light from Cabelas.

    http://www.cabelas.com/grand-river-lodge-fishermans-pendant-light.shtml

    So needless to say I love your light!

    • gemma

      Ooooh looooove that light! Totally up my alley!

      xo,
      gemma

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