How we installed a schoolhouse globe as a new light in our hallway

How we installed a schoolhouse globe as a new light in our hallway

About a year ago, Rob and I redecorated our hallway, painting it white and adding a barn door.

Blog PhotoBut we never could agree on a different light fixture. So, we left the old one (which I didn't care for), until Rob gave me a schoolhouse light globe for Christmas. He's the best.Not only did he pick out a lovely new light, he installed it the Saturday following Christmas. I was thrilled.

Blog PhotoTo install it, we bought a 4-inch shade holder set at our favorite home improvement store. We bought it in chrome, since I hate brass finishes.

I'd kind of hoped to put more of a pendant light in the hallway, but we couldn't find one that worked, either new or at PACA. Also, Rob was worried about smashing his head as he walked in the hallway. So, the flush-mounted shade holder was our best solution.

Blog PhotoIt would have taken about 10 minutes to switch the fixtures, except for one slight issue: the base of the new light was smaller than the base of the old one. You could see the lath peeking out from the plaster because of this.

So we had to go back to the store to buy a ceiling medallion, come back, take the new light down and try to reinstall it with the medallion underneath. Then, we realized the screws that came with the shade holder were too short when we added the medallion, so Rob had to pick up longer ones from the hardware store. If you're doing something like this at your house, be forewarned.

But once we gathered all our materials, it didn't take long to finish the new light. Plus, I think the medallion really makes it pop. We chose one with a simple design, and it matches the white paint perfectly.

Rob swears it gives off more light the the old one. I just love the way it looks in our hallway - classic and understated.

We threw away the base of the old light fixture - it was rusted and crusted with paint. I saved the glass globe, though, and am thinking it might be a fun mold for our next batch of hypertufa.Blog Photo




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wow1 wrote on January 03, 2013 at 11:01 am

ZZZZZZzzzzz, snort(wakes up)...What's the point of this article? People do home improvement projects all the time. I don't get the point. 

rsp wrote on January 03, 2013 at 1:01 pm

See, you got to take a nap. Now go back to sleep while the grown ups talk. 

rsp wrote on January 03, 2013 at 1:01 pm

I'm hoping to find a pendant for my foyer, but my ceiling there is 9 foot so I probably have more room than you do. So far I haven't seen anything I liked. The odds are going up that I'll end up rewiring an antique. I've seen a lot of crafts for those globes. 

Meg Dickinson wrote on January 03, 2013 at 1:01 pm
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If you like the schoolhouse globe look, there are a couple of complete pendants and shades at PACA. They are so pretty, and I drool over them every time I'm in there. Which is probably how Rob knew exactly what to get me for Christmas!

rsp wrote on January 03, 2013 at 2:01 pm

I'll go by this weekend! Thanks for the tip. 

Meg Dickinson wrote on January 03, 2013 at 3:01 pm
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They're open some weekdays, now, too. It's awesome for me, since they're right down the block from The N-G building. Their website has been updated to reflect the new hours.