When I was looking for lighting above the bookshelf that I had painted, I wanted something different. I actually tried using something that I had bought online and I didn’t love it. I knew it was something that I would get tired of, so the search continued.
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I had these vintage plug in wall lights in my garage from a thrift store and while back. I love the design and shape of them so I decided to cut off the cord and flip them upside down to use as hardwired lighting.
The single light was a table lamp that we turned into a hardwired light as well. Our electrician used the existing wires and made a couple of holes in the table lamp to attach it to the wall. The other two lights already had holes that were usable for the hardware to connect them to the wall.
Initially, the color of the lights was very different with it being two different types of lights. One was a very brassy gold color and the other was a more muted antique look. I decided to paint all three of them to look the same. I first used this self etching primer after I sanded them a little with steel wool.
After the self etching primer, I used a matte black primer so that if any of the paint would show underneath my final coat of gold, it would look more antique. I then brushed on a mixture of European and Grecian Gold Rub n Buff. I love both of these colors separately and I think they worked great when mixed together as well. I tried to make sure that I had more of the Grecian Gold on top to give it a little shine and bling. In my experience, brushing on the Rub n Buff leaves less streak marks than when I try to rub it on with a cloth or my finger.
I absolutely love them! They are exactly what I was envisioning and I love that they’re different!
Initially, I thought I might use a shade but I love them with just the lightbulb showing. They are on a dimmer so it’s easier to make the light not as bright if we desire.
The mismatched style makes it even better, in my opinion! I love that the middle one is different!
The lighting that they give to the bookshelf is so pretty, the photos don’t even do it justice.
The two lights on the outside are adjustable with the rod that moves side to side. I love that! The light in the middle is adjustable on the light bulb area.
The holes still need to be patched underneath and to the side of the lights. When the electrician initially added holes above the bookshelf, we weren’t aware that we were using these lights, so the holes had to be moved up a little.
I love when the light shows through the side window. It’s such an amazing glow. Even though the entire house is in disarray, this one corner is starting to come together and I love it! Would you use a “different” kind of lighting in your home? I sure do love these!