I tried my hand at installing a statement light fixture in the dining room. Intent on my original idea of a pendant chandelier and, after weighing a number of options, I went with a beautiful (and much less expensive) alternative to the one pictured in my dining room mood board. This fixture was on sale on Amazon and less than half the price of this one that I had initially liked. Here's a close-up of my old dining room light fixture:
It isn't ugly, just not my taste (it came with the house). Once the new fixture arrived, I had to figure out how to install it. I asked around for DIY and handyman recommendations and was encouraged to check out YouTube to see if I found the project manageable. My uncle normally helps me out with projects of this kind (like my bathroom renovation) but he's been working out of town lately so I rolled up my sleeves and started searching YouTube. 🙂 This tutorial was so straightforward, helpful, and clear that I attempted the install myself and...did it! Following the tutorial and the directions that came with the light, I was able to knock this mini project out in under an hour. It would have been nice to have an extra set of hands at a few points during install but I am happy to report that I was not electrocuted, nothing was damaged, and the new fixture looks wonderful in this space. Also, purchasing this fixture and installing it myself saved me over $400 in product and service costs!
Time is winding down on the One Room Challenge. You can check out all the other guest participants' progress here. So far, the rug has been the most difficult aspect of my design vision to bring the fruition. I've ordered two so far, returned one, and am waiting for the other. Hopefully, it will be just right and I'll have an update for y'all next week. Prayers are appreciated. Thanks for reading!
P.S. Previous week's projects:
- Week One: Dining Room Mood Board
- Week Two: DIY Seat Covers
- Week Three: Installing Accent Wall Wallpaper
I literally turn to YouTube for EVERYTHING! It's really sad, but honestly you can find almost any tutorial (Learned how to fix a nasty clog in the main drain of our house - ick!) This is awesome to get up and done in under an hour! And it looks great!! 🙂
YouTube is such a lifesaver!
Sam | Away She Went says
That's awesome that you installed the light by yourself! The before light fixture looks like the one in our entry that I've been talking about replacing for years! Good luck with the rest of the challenge!
This fixture looks incredible and it's awesome that you saved money! That's always something to brag about.