this little light of mine

This weekend was a very relaxing one. Oscar and I started off Saturday with a rendezvous through a local antique emporium. It's one of my all time favorite things to do although the price tags tend to leave me a little annoyed. But that's what it's all about- finding the diamond in the rough. I shared some goodies I found on instagram but I didn't share this fellow...

First, let's back it up. When we first moved in, there was a standard light above the sink, the kind that have the florescent tubes. I never remember to get a before shot so here's an in-demo-process-shot.

Not long after we moved in, I removed it [and the cottage-y scalloped trim] in favor for this $15 Lowes clearance find:

Not bad. It worked. It was a light, neutral brown. Which was good considering I didn't really know what I was going to do with the kitchen. But now that we've started to paint our cabinets and work on the kitchen, I knew I wasn't in love with it. I wanted something different but wasn't sure what. I also knew that I wanted to enjoy the view more and get something that was more ceiling-flush. 

So when we were antiquing I came across this fellow. I had actually met him before, thought about using him, and walked away. Maybe I thought it couldn't be done?? I'm not sure what I thought, because for a mere $12, I couldn't go wrong. Oh and after some serious looking online, there aren't many capiz flush mounted lights out there. I found this one at Pottery Barn for $200. Ouch. 

So I took him home and the next day went to Lowes to see what I could find to make him a permanent fixture above my sink. I found these two light wiring devices and went with the ceramic one [$1.50]. 

This is what I was working with on the top of my pendant. So I knew I wanted a simple base and that the light bulb would be doing most of the work by holding it up which wasn't a concern since the light fixture was so lightweight. The bottom of the light has a little trap door to fit a [very small] hand and light into like so:

So we took the current fixture down. It was a little ghetto looking underneath but all was well. At the direction of the Lowes fella, we popped a cap [tehe] over the copper grounding wire and stuck him back into the wall. We connected the black wire to the brass screw and the white one to the silver screw. Then we attached it to the ceiling with screws. Don't take my advice in this arena. You've been warned: I'm no electricity expert. I've learned the hard way through a few shocks here and there and google. So again, not an expert. 

I have to be honest, I don't love this "base." I would love something with more finesse but beggars can't be choosers and although I did consider spray painting him gold, I felt white was best since it could kind of blend in with the white ceiling and disappear. And let this capiz and gold light fixture shine. What a wonderful combo of materials! I'm so in love with it. I cant. stop. staring. And for under $15, holla. 



Although I'm in love with it, I feel since it's a finishing touch in an unfinished area, that it doesn't make complete sense. I can see the direction the room is moving and I know it will look "right" eventually. In this space I still need to: paint the bottom cabinets, change out the countertops, sink, and faucet, change the window lock to something fancier [perhaps brass], and possibly paint the window trim. 

I also have to replace all the outlets and switches to update from almond to white. I started about a year ago and got bored of it rather quickly. Not to mention there's some trim updates I need to work on. I think we will go without a window treatment however, since privacy isn't an issue here, I hated the last one, and I want all the sunlight on that side of the room I can get. It's looking very clean, modern and bright from the waist up. I'm sure there's a joke there and I don't see it. Feel free to insert one yourself ;)


  1. Such a great find!! It looks great there!

    1. Thanks- I think it fits in with it's newer and brighter white cabinets

  2. Ohhhh I love your light. Found it on pinterest! I included a link in my blog post today because I found a vintage capiz light at a thrift store recently and yours is great inspiration!
    - Lora @ Craftivity Designs


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