Let There Be Light!

“When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength.  

Give thanks for your food, and for the joy of living.  

If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself.”

–Tecumseh

Inspiration comes in many forms:  art, books, nature, music, or a myriad of other sources.  As I’ve searched high and low for master bathroom lighting, my inspiration came in the form of beautiful-but-rustic-and-bank-breaking-fixtures by Pottery Barn and Restoration Hardware!  Such loveliness would set me back $400-$3100, but oh are they eye candy to me.  These are some of the ones that hooked me:

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Do you think I let the price tag on these babies discourage me?  By no means!  I knew I could recreate the same effect with less expensive materials.  For me, this is the real upcycling/reusing/salvage rush:  to take something old, worn out, or even (gasp!) hideous and make it into something that is useful and pleases the eye.  I headed down to my go-to place:  Habitat Restore.  They just happened to be having a sale on all brass lighting.  (Was that providence or what?!)  I purchased this ugly duckling for $12 and went on my merry way.

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My impatience got the best of me as I began to disassemble the fixture IN THE CAR!  (Note:  this isn’t always a keen idea if there’s glass involved.)  I knew there were good bones there if I could peel away the layers of ugly glass and brass trim that screamed “1983.” By the time I arrived home, I knew exactly what to do with this golden treasure.  I gathered some materials from the craft store that would be in keeping with the rustic-cottage-comfy-farmhouse-industrial vibe that permeates the rest of the house.  My sexy, shiny 80’s lady needed some jewelry and accessories for this makeover!

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Pry off those blue basket handles and spray paint the entire thing black along with the bones of the brass chandelier.  Check. Configure Christmas ornaments and beads in a pleasing configuration that is elegant but not too fussy with much trial and error.  Check.   Turn basket upside down and add the missing elements of the light kit.  Check.  Smile lovingly and bat my eyes at Hubby Extraordinaire so that he will install that thing RIGHT NOW.  Check.  (In truth, he’s more than kind, able, and willing enough to do this without any coaxing from me!)  Flip the switch and watch light flood the four corners of our unfinished master bath without any smoke or fire hazards.  Check.  Do the happy dance that yet another project actually worked.  CHECK CHECK.

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It may not be Pottery Barn or Restoration Hardware, but it’s mine and at the low, low price of about $45.  Do me a solid and ignore the lack of paint and finish that you see in the background of these pictures, will you?  It’s all a work in progress.  We are laboring at other master bath projects and will share more of that journey soon.  For now, I will give thanks for the light.

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