so...he definitely needed a light by the master closet.
we still have a LOT of work to do in this room...
closer view of the mess poking out of the ceiling:
we didn't want to spend a lot -- we also need new light fixtures outdoors and in the dining room, front room, and kitchen. and, if you ask me, the powder room and upstairs hallway as well.
really, fish would have been perfectly content with a cheap, plain (i.e. UGLY) spotlight. but, my thoughts are: if we're going to spend money, why not spend it on something beauuuutiful?
so off we went to ikea to search for a compromise.
...and we came back with a tived spotlight ceiling fixture.
the arms are flexible so they can be pointed towards the closet.
fish liked the price.
and i like that it's a bit unusual.
we brought it home...then quickly realized a problem: the wiring of the light in front of the master closet is not connected to a switch. this means whatever fixture we put up there has to be a pull-switch light or it will always be on.
i did a few online searches and discovered pull-chain fixtures come in one basic style:
but, wait a minute...
what if we ((fish)) converted the ikea tived we already bought into a pull-switch??
observe the results of a quick home depot trip:
this is what the light looked like out of the box:
high-five to anyone who can make sense of that jumble of wires.
fish made a hole on the side of the base for the pull-chain to protrude using his new drill bit. he smoothed the sides of the hole with a dremel.
then, he pushed the pull-chain unit through the new hole and secured it with a nut and washer.
next, fish rewired the light with the switch in the circuit...
...then hung the fixture!
i artfully arranged the spotlights to all point towards the closet.
the final step was to attach the knob we ((ahem...I)) chose:
K admiring fish's work:
...or is he giggling??
the actual final-final step will be to spraypaint the entire fixture gold. i was going to leave it silver and paint the knob's chain to match...but every. single. other. metallic item in the room is gold. i have no choice but to paint the light.
you agree, right??
i don't want fish thinking it's cool for metallics to mingle.
actually, i think it IS cool when metallics are mixed.
...just not in this instance.