Wednesday, February 11, 2009

A Bolt of Lighting

You guys have seen your fair share of our first floor loo. But did you notice that our light fixture was the most hideous thing ever? It may look subtle and cute when staring directly into the bright shining glare - but believe me, it was as attractive as Tara Reid's tummy circa 2006.


As you can see, the dirt cheap light fixture wasn't doing anyone favors. But it seemed that it would be the only light that would fit in our powder room. The light needed to have a small radius because the door was thisclose to hitting it when swinging open. And the light had to be low profile because the ceiling in the bathroom is noticibly lower than the ceiling in the rest of the house. I guess that these older homes have the plumbing running up in the ceiling and the builders didn't bother trying to run pipes between floor joists. Instead they just lowered the ceiling of the room below.


My boyfriend and I brainstormed about what lighting would fit and look good in our new loo. We finally decided upon recessed lighting. Not only would it fit, but it would not draw too much attention to itself. Jeremy removed the old one....


...and popped in a can. Lookin' good, right? Well, now that we have that light, I have been thinking. I wanna put this to ya (if you are up for the challenge)...do you think we should add four more recessed lights? We can't add any lighting on the wall that has the vanity because the plumbing is ridiculous back there and we don't wanna rip out the wall to rework pipes just for a light. So I was thinking that four smaller can lights in all four corners of the room would provide more light and help illuminate the loo. Whaddaya think?


Side note - I got this wee jewelry box at Goodwill about a week ago. Isn't it just the cat's meow?!? After a few days of scrubbing with baking soda, it still showed some ugly black spots on top. I was kinda bummed because I spent a few dollars ($2.50 to be exact) and thought it would clean up really easily. But I didn't give up. I decided to use whatever was under our kitchen sink...let's try it all, right?

Then something actually worked....just guess....ok...you'll never get it....it was our stove's glass top cleaner! Did the whole world know that you can clean silver with glass top cleaner? How did I not know this? It worked wonderful....with a little elbow grease of course :) And I just love the detail work on the little box. I probably could go back and clean all the little crevaces, but that will have to wait because I have bigger fish to fry.


The newly polished box is just the thing for our bathroom cabinet so that anytime I wanna tackle bathroom cleaning, I can throw my rings in there. But I can also see this little baby living on my side table as an accent or in the master bathroom for when my hands need a bit of lotion. Oh and I forgot to mention that the velvet liner is a beautiful shade of midnight blue...gotta love some jewelry box drama! Plus the plushness keeps my jewels all snuggly and safe...

...speaking of jewels...I gotta go talk to Jeremy about Valentine's day :)

17 comments:

The Fabulous Side of Me said...

That box is cute, different and unique. I wish I had a Goodwill around here that has finds as good as yours!

As for the lighting, I think you should add more if it isn't too much of a hassle. Brighten it up a little more.

kari said...

I love that jewel box. How come I never find anything so cute?

*claire* said...

i would say yes to the lighting - more never hurts!

and while you were at it, you could add a dimmer, in case all of them going at once was too much... but then again, it's a bathroom, so maybe that's weird...

Freckles Chick said...

If it's not too much of a pain, the more lighting the better is what I always say. And for what it's worth, a dimmer in the bathroom is so nice for those harsh early mornings.

Since I love all things shiny (unless it's my face perspiring) I adore the box. Fabulous tip, too! Martha would be proud =)

Kim & Ryan said...

I vote yes for more lights. The brighter the bathroom, the better.

Loving that box, too. What a great idea to have it in the bathroom. Never would have thought to use glass top cleaner for anything else. Good to know.

meg said...

Lights! Camera! Action! Hardy, har. Okay not funny. Yes, you need more lights. Brilliant move to think of the recessed lighting in the first place.

(Odd side note: the word verification is my mother's name!)

Wanderluster said...

I think more recessed lights would be better and I would put them on a dimmer too. Another option is to a have single dropped pendant in front of your mirror. That way, you get specific vanity lighting without having to bust out the wall.

Katie said...

Interesting suggestion Wonderluster! I never even thought of hanging something over the sink - it would have to be very small, huh? And all you guys seem to be saying that the dimmer is the way to go...I would have never thought of that either! This is why I come to you people...because you have the brainstorming power of an entire Martha Stewart staff :)

I'm off to research pendants!

XO - Katie

Heidi said...

That box is adorable! My Goodwill sucks compared to yours, not fair!!! Or maybe it's just you have a better eye than I do, that's probably it.

The Southern Housewife said...

Two things:

1. you are my new best friend. Just spent a good hour laughing with diet root beer cream soda coming out of my nose.

2. you MUST show a close up picture of your ring. i can tell its a knock out from way over here in texas and I must see it!

Michael said...

If it's an easy install, I say go for it!

Emily said...

I was so excited to chime in, but looks like the rest of the world beat me to it. More light is always a good thing.

heidandmatt said...

Great find!! I keep my rings in a small box from Italy that is just big enough to fit my wedding and engagement rings-perfect fit!

20-Something Superhero said...

What a great little box! Love the detailing! I think you should leave it as it, the black in the crevices really highlight all the detailing! Great find!

Wanderluster said...

Here is an example of a pendant in front of a mirror.

Julienne said...

De-lurking to say yes to the lights! But I'm with Claire on the dimmer thing. They really do come in handy ALL the time!

Martha said...

Ha haaaa! "Tara Reid's tummy circa 2006"!! made me laugh out loud!