I'm a bright kitchen light kind of girl.
I like to see what I am cooking.
So it made me sad that the ceiling light in my kitchen only worked halfway.
That means that only one of the two lightbulb sockets would light up a lightbulb.
That left me with a 60 watt kitchen. And sucked.
It happened (I think) because we had an upstairs plumbing leak that went straight to the fixture.
It needed to be replaced.
But I'm cheap.
And truth be, I didn't want to buy a boring light.
I've been wanting to make something - well - FANTASTIC.
I have lots of ideas
with varying reasons why they won't work or why I can't do them right now.
In the meantime . . .
I was living a half-lit kitchen life.
And that's a sad way to live.
So I went to the basement.
To the lamp shelf.
Buried somewhere in here was a 4-light, shiny brass, with glass inserts, hanging lantern.
I decided it would do until I can firm up my creativity and make the light I want.
So I took it apart into a million pieces, hung it on string, and spray painted it black.
I know you are disappointed to not see a before picture...
I'm sure you will get over it.
Then I had to remember how to put it back together!
It took a minute.
I had decided not to put the glass back in and I think it would have been easier to put together if I had used the glass inserts. Also I eventually figured out that the glass actually helps those little curved (horizontal) pieces stay in place with proper spacing. Without the glass they are a little hard to put together and not just a little wonky.
So now I have a wonky not entirely attractive make-do kitchen light hanging in the kitchen.
But it has FOUR lightbulbs that work! And these are only 40 watt. It holds up to 60 watt and I think I'll try those next time.
I'm thinking I could maybe just find a wire basket, or some other type of "shade" to go around the center section and take off the wonky parts. I think I might like that.
Look how bright it is!
And it makes nice little shadows on the ceiling.
What do you think I should do to make this light better?
The Newlywed Pilgrimage