Hey there!! What’s new with you? If you’re new here, please take a look around and feel free to leave a comment. It just makes my day to hear from you! This weekend I stopped in at World Market – one of my most favorite stores! I went with coupon in hand, on a mission – to find some great decorations for my upcoming holiday tablescape (stay tuned!) and to search for some ideas for lighting in our daughters reading nook that is in progress. That’s when I found this!
World Market sells a light kit (plug in or hard-wired) for $12.99 and it’s really easy to install. Trust me, I’m not an electrician and I installed this light in less than an hour and with no instructions. Um, yeah, not sure where those are but how hard can it be right? Just make sure you are absolutely positive that the power is off before doing anything.
When I took down the old light fixture, here is what I had. Kinda scary, I know!
Once I got everything ready to connect the wires for the new light, I realized the new wires were not labeled. When you are connecting a new light fixture or ceiling fan, you typically will have at least one black and one white wire. In this case, I couldn’t tell which was which on the new light kit. (Instructions would have been nice here.) Thank goodness for the internet when you can’t get Dad on the phone. 😉
TIP: When the wires are not obviously labeled, feel the insulation on each of the wires. One side of one of the wires should have a ridge on it and the other wire will be smooth. The wire with the ridge is the neutral wire and should be connected to the white wire in the ceiling.
Ta-da! Light fixture up!
Now is when I realized that I forgot to shorten the cord and it’s going to be way too long. Minor detail. Just a few adjustments, reconnect the wires, attach a lamp shade, install a bulb, and let there be light!
I am thrilled with this light fixture and it is such a stylish addition for this soon to be little reading nook. It offers a great amount of light and will be something that can be used in this space for a long time.
Even if I decide to change out the lamp shade, it can be easily replaced in a matter of minutes.
This is not a sponsored post, but if you are looking for an inexpensive way to update some lighting in your home, this is a great way to do it! This DIY light was less than $40 and installed in less than an hour. (Because nap time is precious!) Have I mentioned that I love this light? Our daughter seems pretty taken by it too!
If you read my prior post about this space here and here, then did you notice the ceiling has been painted? Do you ever have something planned out for a space and then end up changing right in the middle of it?
I had planned on putting beadboard wallpaper on the ceiling, but Lowe’s was completely out of it. I thought I would paint the ceiling white, but after I got it halfway painted, I changed my mind. I ended up painting it the same color as the walls, and I’m so glad I did. I’ll be moving on to the bookshelves for the space next!