The bathroom renovation continues with one of my most favorite upgrades. You might remember my venting about the Hollywood bar light that had been taking up wall space in the bathroom for the past three years.
Since I’m not exactly a 1950’s Hollywood starlet in my dressing room, it was time to bid adieu to the bar light and say hello to my friend (get the Baby-Sitters Club reference, anyone?), the oil rubbed bronze sconce. First, I had to find the sconce of my dreams on a budget (no easy task). I was perusing my usual inspiration and found this adorable bathroom sconce. After digging deeper on Young House Love (one of my all-time favorite blogs), I noticed that they had scored this fixture from Joss & Main for a pretty reasonable price. Joss & Main frequently has flash sales and pieces that rotate in and out of collections, so I thought there would be no way that I would find the same item.
Thankfully, I was wrong. Enter the Hilary Wall Sconce. She’s adorable, bronze, lightweight, and budget-friendly! In fact, when I scored this fixture, it only cost $40.95 with $9.95 shipping, bringing the total to $50.90. I’d call that a steal for a brand new light fixture. I had been looking for something in the oil-rubbed bronze finish to compliment our gray walls, and I was hoping to blend some modern decor items with a more old-fashioned looking light. I loved it. Dan was a little harder to convince… but I batted my eyes and got really excited until he gave in.
Once our light fixture (hereby known as Hilary) arrived in the mail, we set to work. First, Dan went downstairs and flipped the circuit breaker off before we did any work. We had to test this out a few times, just to make sure we were turning off the right circuit. Then, we brought in a lamp from upstairs so that we could actually see what we were doing – this is a very small and dark space with no windows. Next, we removed the bulbs from the fixture and unscrewed the collars.
This plate was held on solely by the collars, so we didn’t need to unscrew anything to take it off. It just slid right off. Next, we had to undo the electrical. We removed the wire nuts (those orange caps). They connect the wires from your house to the wires in your lamp. At this step, you can separate the wires. Next, we unscrewed the mount from the wall.
Once that happened, we prepared the surface for the next lamp by sanding and spackling over any uneven surfaces or holes. We took Hilary out of the box, read through the instructions briefly, and got to work (well, Dan did most of this project).