This was a project we worked on quite a while ago but I hadn't gotten around to taking pictures because our dining room was a mess! When I took the pictures of the new placemats and fall decor earlier in the week we did a bit of cleaning and rearranging. We moved Bay's cat tower to a corner of the living room and that opened things up quite a bit in the dining room. So without further ado here is a picture of how our dining room looks now with the new light fixture:
Both the dining and living room light fixtures were similar in style when we moved into the house. They actually were one of the things I initially loved about the house, the stained glass appearance. Here is the light in the dining room decorated for Halloween last year.
But looks can be deceiving as we later found out, the light shades were actually made of plastic :o( And with the color of our dining room walls, the yellowish tint to the "stained glass" made the green even brighter when the light was on. So we decided to find new lights for the dining and living rooms. We thought an oil-rubbed bronze fixture with white glass shades would look nice and hopefully minimize the florescent color our dining room walls became when the light was on. Through Home Depot's website we found a couple of lights that we liked and were not too expensive.
Brian was our electrician swapping out the old lights for our new ones.
In the living room we chose a standard three-bulb fixture in a semi-mount style. We initially had a two-bulb fixture that was a bit dark so we increased the bulb number to brighten things up.
It's a pretty simple and standard fixture, but it works well with our decor.
For the dining room we went a bit fancier with a chandelier type fixture in the same style.
Even though I loved the style of the old lights I really like how the new ones look. In the evenings when we turn on the dining room light, the green walls are still florescent but I guess that's just something you have to live with when you pick such a bright color. In natural light the green is really nice.
The next things I would like to tackle in the dining room are to change the ceiling color a bit and add crown molding. Ah, to dream :o)