52 Weeks of Home Project : Week 17. Lighting!

I’m super excited, because tomorrow I’m going to start dyeing the apothecary cabinet, and I CANNOT WAIT. Pictures forthcoming.

This week on 52 Weeks, we’ve come to lighting! It boggles my mind that we’re already to week 17 – this is all going so fast!

Week 17 : Lighting!

Chandeliers, Lamps, Sconces, Candle Holders….. any light source! 

You know I love lighting. A lot. And we’ve been slowly putting antique pieces back into the house – there weren’t any when we moved in.

And, I’m being totally real this week. Or, totally lazy. I have some light bulbs out, and I am crazy busy, so I didn’t even change them before writing this post. Lazy? Authentic? Both?

This fixture isn’t old, but it’s one of the few that was in the house when we bought it that we like. It’s a bit undersized for this space (the library), so we’re going to move it, but it’s pretty fun.

Everything else in this post, we’ve added.

The porch lights we rescued from a garbage bag in Doug’s great-grandparents’ basement.

We cleaned them up, restored them, and I did the hand painting on them.

The balcony bedroom fixture we found at Columbus Architectural Salvage.

It’s so sweet.

The black bedroom light, we found at Madison Street Salvage, and I found the globes at two different places on eBay.

The other light in the room is a reproduction from Victorian Lighting Works.

The first floor bath Dragon Light, we found at an antique lighting center in Chicago, that was dissolving the business as the owner was retiring.

The dining room light came from Madison Street Salvage as well – we were told it came out of a house around the corner. We restored it, and I added a bunch of mis-matched crystals “until I could afford new crystals,” but then I realized I LOVE THE MIS-MATCHED CRYSTALS. 

I had always wanted a wedding cake chandelier, and we found this one at Midland Art and Antiques, and I had to have it for the kitchen.  Because a kitchen that bakes, is EXACTLY where a wedding cake chandelier is needed.

And the laundry room chandelier was a pretty beat up piece that was in the house. It’s a 50s spanish chandelier – super common – and the finish was beat up. So I sprayed it, and added a collection of new and old crystals to it.

Photo Challenge Info: 

If you want to play along and share your pictures (I’d LOVE to see them!), use the hashtag  #52weeksofhome 

You can also tell us which week you’re on, by including a second hashtag #52weeksofhomeweek17 (etc.)

Please share with anyone you think might be interested! If you missed the first weeks, WHATEVER! Do them anyway! Jump in whenever and wherever you want.

Here’s the list (also in pdf format : 52 Weeks of Home), of all the challenges for each week : 


1 comment

  1. I’ve only just encountered your blog, but I’m loving it! We’re about to embark on our own fixer-upper (an 1850s American Carpenter Gothic house) and I’m sure I’ll be learning a thing or two here.

    A thought: Looking at your photo of the fixture currently in the library, I wonder if you’ve ever come across faceted light bulbs? We have a couple in a side table lamp that really adds character to what is otherwise a bare bulb. It does add sparkle, as it were, but your collection of chandeliers indicates that you might not mind that. 😉

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