When we moved in, the house had a dreaded boob light in the hallway. (Update: see the hallway makeover here.) We quickly replaced it with this thing:
It was only a few dollars at an architectural salvage store. (It’s not old though, they are still selling it at the home improvement store for about $75.)
I’ve been wanting to replace it for a couple years with something that’s more our style, but haven’t. To tide us over until then, I sanded off the dull, dirty yellow finish it had.
I was hopeful that it was just paint, and it was, so with a very coarse sanding block, it came right off. The sanding took a while, but it was easy of course, and it was a free upper body workout. That glass piece is a lot bigger than it looks when you’re trying to hold it and sand it.
But we actually kind of like it now, so it will probably stay for quite a while. It’s subtle, but it makes a big difference.
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