Here’s a Bright Idea…
My parents left earlier this week to go back home to Ohio. I love having them down and was so excited for them to see some new additions we put in our home – new art, our almost finished office, and special touches we added to our guest room.
However, it was extra helpful having my dad down, because he was able to give Andy the helping hand we needed to do our first home project of 2017!
When Andy and I moved in we changed just about every light fixture in our house minus the bedroom fans and bathroom lights.
The bathroom fixtures were a darker bronze color and more traditional. These particular fixtures had remnants of the old green paint color that used to be on the walls and up close, you could see some wear and tear. It’s not that they were hideous, but we wanted something more modern to compliment our other brushed nickel light fixtures throughout the house. So for us, the bronze had to go!
As we learned six months ago, light fixtures are a serious pain. You really need two people to do it and my dad was the perfect help my hubby needed!
We made an afternoon of looking at light fixtures and found a style we really liked at The Home Depot. They are reasonably priced, in line to what we envisioned, and they had a 3 bulb and 4 bulb fixture, so both bathrooms will match (yay)!
The original fixture was dark in color and looked much more outdated compared to the more contemporary look we were going for.
When changing light fixtures
1. Cut off the breaker in the electrical circuit breaker to the desired room to completely turn off the power. Make sure the light switch in the room is also off.
2. Have flashlights and tools ready: electrical tape, screwdriver, ladder, wire cutters, level, and a voltage detector.
3. Remove old light fixture. Start with removing the cover and disconnecting the old wires by removing the wire cap, untwisting wires and carefully removing fixture from wall or ceiling. It helps if one person does the disassembling while the other holds the fixture while it is still connected.
4. If necessary, you may need to install a new bracket for your new fixture. Refer to the installation instructions of your fixture.
5. You should see a black, white, and copper wire coming from the wall. Carefully connect to the corresponding colored wires on the light fixture. Secure with cap and use electrical tape to ensure that the wires do not come apart or loose over time. Ensure wires are placed back inside the junction box on the wall.
6. Mount fixture to the bracket after securing the wires and screw (or use the cap nut) to hold in place. If this is a wall fixture, level and adjust as needed.
7. Turn power and light switch back on and viola! Let there be light!
Some fixtures such a chandeliers and bar lights can be tricky. If you don’t feel comfortable, we suggest using an app called Thumbtack to find local professionals in your area who can perform the install for you.
Our new light fixtures provide great light and flow – much better than before!
We chose a matching set of lights since we painted both bathrooms the same color Popular Gray by Sherwin Williams (check out the before and after pics). Both bathrooms have matching tile work and counters as well, so it just made sense that they had to match! We love the curved contemporary design, unique bulb shape, and brushed nickel that matched with our home.
Bubbly Wife Tip: In some cases, the junction box may not give you much room to place all the extra slack from the wires. In this case, you will need to cut the wires on the new fixture BEFORE connecting them to the wires coming from the junction box. Do not cut too short, however, in the event that you need to change or move the fixture in the future.
Changing your bathroom light fixtures is just another small project to make your house a home. It’s not as drastic of a change as some of our other fixtures, but it helps create a uniformed look throughout our house.
What kind of DIY home projects do you plan on doing this year? Leave your comments below!