Keeping Things Light…

I had a wonderful moment in the thrift store this weekend. (What else is new, right?)

First let me explain something for my non-Canadian readers… we do have Goodwill stores here, and we also have Salvation Army. But the store I frequent the MOST is called Value Village. I often don’t reference it on the blog because I figure since most of my readers are American you wouldn’t know what I’m talking about.. lol. But that’s my store. #VVforever Yup. It’s the best. Their prices are WAY lower than Goodwill and the place is GINORMOUS. I will totally take pics next time I’m there.

Anyhoo – I made my weekly stop in there on Saturday, and like always I didn’t have anything particular in mind. I like to just keep my eyes open for anything I can repurpose or make use of. This time I struck my own version of $1.99 gold.

As you know, I’ve been working on our bathroom reno forever for a while now. It’s coming along – with a few hiccups of course – but overall it’s looking good! One area that was bugging me however was the lighting situation. The light itself wasn’t horribly offensive, but a) I don’t like downward facing lights AT ALL and b) the glass covers were way too big and ornate for my taste.

This is the bathroom when we first viewed the house:

before 1

And here it is when I started ripping things apart… see how the glass covers are just too BIG?

before 2

I love how there’s a sippy cup on the counter in the pic above. LOL. ¬†Real life, yo. Anyway my temporary solution was to have my husband flip the light so that it was facing upwards. I loved that the bulbs were no longer shining down on me but having it turned around only seemed to emphasize the ridiculous shades. So I was faced with the question of spending money on a whole new fixture or trying to replace the shades alone. I didn’t really want to buy a new light since this one works fine and I’m simply staging the house at this point. But buying new shades seemed a little daunting when I didn’t know if they were a universal size or where to even find them.

Fast forward to my stop at VV this weekend and there they were – three glass shades sitting on the shelf all dirty and neglected for $1.99 each. I thought hell, why not… it’s $6! I grabbed them brought them home… cleaned them up, crossed my fingers and popped one in to see if it worked:


YESSSSSSSSSSS!!!!! Happy day!! What a difference! I immediately got the other two outta there as quick as possible:


So much joy from a little pieces of glass!


Seriously – what a difference. I’m THRILLED that I able to update this fixture for so little and I genuinely love how it looks now. It was the perfect solution for a space that I’m trying to remodel but remain focused on the fact that this is NOT my forever home, and the end goal is simply to make it pretty enough to sell. LOL.

I wish I could show you the rest of the bathroom, but naturally it’s not done yet. It was getting there, but then my hubby went to install a new fan only to find that you can’t buy the same depth anymore, so it has to be moved from the wall to the ceiling, which means redoing some wallpaper and cutting more holes. Otherwise it’s really almost done, and I really think it’s going to be beautiful.

Hope everyone had a great weekend, and remember – never underestimate the power of a secondhand store, I’m tellin’ ya!
Anyone else score anything amazing lately?

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