Okay, so these were the wonderfully outdated hallway wall lights when we moved in….
One of the first things to go when we moved were these dated sconces. I honestly had said that I’d rather look at ugly holes in the wall and wires hanging out and a dark hallway, than have to look at those hideous 1990’s wall sconces a moment longer. So we took them down….
They are the original lights from 14 years ago when the house was built, and boy-howdy did it show too….they were filthy and the wall was gross. Even though I was going to paint the walls, they had to be scrubbed first….
While I said that I would rather live with a dark hallway, I must admit, that got old after a while. On top of which, our hallway even when there is lighting, is just naturally dark – a carry over from the 70’s when narrow hallways were put in the center of the house with no natural lighting. So this past weekend Aaron and I finally installed new lights. Now the sconces I had originally wanted were over $60 each! As usual, my decor taste is not in line with our house budget.
Another factor besides cost had to be taken into account and that was the narrowness of our hallway. Some sconces stuck out so far from the wall, or hung so low, that we would no doubt be running into them….I could already hear the questions, ‘So how did you get that black eye?’…. ‘well, my sconce jumped me in the night as I was walking down the hallway’.
I found a similar styled sconce at my local home improvement center, but in the outdoor lighting section. Hey I don’t care that it’s meant as exterior lighting….a light is a light is a light. And it was half the cost of the expensive one I originally wanted….
It has the rustic look we’re going for, and I LOVE the seeded glass which gives it that vintage look, and the small size fit the tight space perfectly. We didn’t use an Edison bulb like in the photo, but we did go with a round LED vintage reproduction bulb, to give a warm candlelight glow which seemed fitting with the lantern style….
They look darker in the photos than they are in real life. They actually make the hallway pretty bright. We have a number of projects planned for the hallway, but at least updating the lighting can be taken off the list. 🙂