If it hasn’t been incredibly obvious over the last handful of updates, we’ve really been focusing on our house’s exterior – and my goodness, the power of paint! And new concrete! And well made stairs! (Can you tell we’re thrilled to nix the baseboard talk; if only for a little while?)
After all of those larger upgrades, we were happy to hone in on something much smaller – those outdoor lights. Ours haven’t worked since we’ve moved in, and just last week, they officially died for the garden apartment, too. It was more than just a bulb issue; aside from their inability to properly mount onto the house, the ballasts were bad and the fixtures simply needed replacement. (Had it been as easy as replacing the bulbs, we probably could’ve given them a new coat of paint, but, ugh, these went way, way beyond that.)
The challenge came in the width – a lot of in store and online browsing had us coveting fixtures that were way too wide, and we were limited to no more than 8″ at the widest point and no more than 5″ for the base. We ultimately landed on these, which were exactly 8″ with a 5″ round base. Done, and done!
The only difference between what we got and what the online description would have you think is that the finish is matte black, as opposed to the glossy black you see in the listing. (There’s one review that mentions this as well, so we knew that before purchasing.) The seeded glass is a nice detail, and the matte finish complements our door hardware pretty well!
The garden unit had the same former lights as us, but they were installed upside down (um, what?), and they were dropped pretty low. Our tenant mentioned that it was blinding to come home at night, which, yea. We needed to fix that for them right away…
… and much better!
We went with a similar light as ours, but because vertical height is limited in their entryway, we scaled back on the size and picked up these fixtures, which worked perfectly. Above, you can also see that we shortened the drop of the conduit – which, sadly, left behind two raw-concrete-colored patches, but our forever goal is to re-paint the entire foundation. (On a side note, we originally ordered four of these smaller lights, but they felt dinky next to our door + transom window combination.)
We’re amazed at how this teeny upgrade has made all the difference – but haven’t we been saying that with every change-up lately? It’s true. Not to mention, they work! (And as we were screwing in the last bulb, our next door neighbors came outside and applauded our weekend work – ha! It was funny, touching, and satisfying.)
We’re both feeling inspired by how far the front has come, and we’re so, so looking forward to more impactful projects as this warm weather is (finally!) sticking around. Our days and weekends have been jam-packed with DIY (morning, noon and night, as they say), but right now we’re looking forward to the coming days, because we’ll be taking a little adventure break visiting family and friends in NYC. These frazzled minds need a good rest, belly laughs, adventure and a recharge, and so, we’ll be back in a week – ready to go!
PS… NYC lovers! Can you recommend your favorite place for brunch? For dinner? For drinks? We have no agenda (but limited time), and we’re all ears!