February 16, 2012Installing A New Bathroom Light in Mom’s 1950s Time Capsule Condo
By Sara In AZ
Well y’all, we figured out pretty quick that we would need to replace to light in Mom’s bathroom. You see, this is what we were left with.
Yeah I know, it’s a real beaut isn’t it! With only one bulb there was hardly enough light to see in the bathroom at night. And with no shade, well, it just looked pathetic.
I was determined to find a cool retro light for the bathroom. And I knew just what I wanted, an old school light bar with the curved glass shade. Maybe I would even be lucky enough to find one with stars on it, like the Starburst Light below from seller inventordreams that I featured in my Kool Kitsch post recently. No Pattern friend Laura from On The Doorstep was trying to buy the light pictured below for her bathroom renovation and unfortunately was outbid. Sadly, Starburst lights are not easy to come by and I had no luck either when I was looking for one about 6 months ago.
So what’s a girl to do when a new bathroom light is needed and none meet your needs??? Improvise!
We bought this off the shelf 4 Light Bath Bar from Home Depot …….
………and then hunted around at every thrift store and Restore we could find. I knew I had seen the glass Bar Light shades in these places before, so I was determined to find something.
Meanwhile, Mike got to work installing the new light!
Here he is connecting some wires.
It’s all getting wired together, the wires are all making friends now.
It’s up! And Mike is checking for level.
And here is the new light. I managed to find a vintage glass shade with an embossed scroll design at Restore for around $3. It is not as atomic/starburst-y as I had hoped for, but I still like it none the less. It had no mounting hardware, which is usually the case, so we would have had to buy the Home Depot light anyway just to get the light kit. I suppose it worked out better anyway, having new wiring and all. The vintage shade matched up perfectly with the mounting holes on the new light hardware.
Here is a close-up of the raised scroll design on the glass shade.
Yay! We have light!!!
There is another option for you vintage bathroom light hunters out there (Laura I am talking about you ). Eartha Kitsch, from Ranch Dressing with Eartha Kitsch, gave me the heads up about a vintage looking patterned bathroom light she is using in her own home. Check out this beautiful light!
It’s all starry, and retro looking, and all sorts of pretty! Eartha sent this picture along to me so we could all see how nice the light looks lit up. Thanks Eartha! Eartha vouches for the quality of these lights too, saying even though the cost is low, the quality is really good.
This light is made by the NUVO Company and it comes in 3 different sizes.
A smaller sconce style light #76-273.
A 2 light Bath Bar #76-276.
And a 4 light Bath Bar #76-277.
It does not appear that NUVO sells directly to the public, so just Google NUVO and the item number of the light you are interested and a bunch of options will pop up as to where to buy this. $25.99 seems to be the going price for the 4 light Bath Bar, which sounds like a really fair price to me. There is even a listing on Amazon for the 4 Light Bath Bar and it has free shipping!
This week kicks off a whole series of several bathroom posts as we deal with different plumbing issues in the condo bathroom, we hang a new medicine cabinet, AND we finally lay some paint on those tired old white bathroom cabinets! So come back next Thursday when we literally have to cut off the tub spout, and yes I did say “Cut Off”! Eeks!!!