But 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.
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.
It 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.