Goodbye, old gold. You served us well.

Probably the most exciting thing that happened yesterday was the arrival of the new light fixture that I ordered at Joss and Main.  A friend who is a home stager  (is that a word?)– anyway, she does home staging to help houses sell—mentioned that she loves the site, and while checking it out, I spotted a really fun light fixture.  I immediately thought of the aging light hanging in our entry, and since the price was fairly reasonable, I snatched it up.

Here’s a photo of my fearless hubby taking ‘old gold’ down.  Why, yes, that is dust on his shirt due to my fabulous (lack of) interest in dusting.

Taking out the old fixture


Here’s a photo of the new fixture from about the same angle.  It proved to be ridiculously hard to find an un-busy background against which to get a photo.

Seen from the front door

Here’s the fixture in the dark.  I forgot to get a photo showing the very cool light that this throws on the ceiling due to all the criss-crossing lines, but it is really fun– and crazy-bright for only fitting tiny 60-watt bulbs.  The entry is a great place for a little more light, since we have a small desk there where teens often do homework in the evenings.

Love the chandelier bulbs- this fixture is very bright!

Then here’s a shot of the light from the stairs– such a nice difference.  It’s really fun to look at.


New fixture seen from the stairs

Now I’m looking at my dining room light cross-eyed– isn’t that how this type of thing always goes?  But  since I still like the shape of that fixture, and don’t have a budget to replace things around here willy nilly, I think what I’ll do is try spray-painting it in a color similar to the oil-rubbed bronze.  Then it will match my entry light tone-wise if not in style.

I’ll probably also paint my front door handle.  It is bright brass too– but getting worn looking– and a fresh coat of paint would really improve its looks.  Here’s a tutorial I saved with info on how to do it.


  1. Tiabennett says:

    I’ve painted door knobs and light fixtures with oil rubbed bronze paint. It is simple and makes a huge difference. A frugal fix

  2. Awesome!! SO glad to hear it worked for you!

  3. I’ve painted several light fixtures and my floor vents with oil rubbed bronze paint with great results. The floor vent that’s at the back door gets a new coat every so often when it starts to show wear.

    I also used it to paint a large oval mirror that had a hideous gold plastic frame. I hung it in my tiny master bath and it looks great!

  4. what a great light!!!

  5. Love it! I think painting the other one to match is a great idea, too.

  6. We were just out light shopping today!! I did see one similar and thought it was interesting but then wondered the pain it might be to replace the bulbs and to keep all that crisscrossing dusted 🙂

    Remember I told you were going to knock a wall out at the end of our dining room and adding another 7 feet to our dining room?! Well, when I came home from the brunch at your house….guess which wall was down!! So, thus the shopping spree looking at dining room lighting 🙂

  7. I love that light! In fact, I actually ordered the same one earlier today from Wayfair. I got it in a white gold finish because that matches my living room’s decor better, but yours looks great too. I’m excited to add it to the room. All we have are table top lamps in there and it’s a little dim, so I wanted something more. I can’t hardwire it through the ceiling because it’s the ground floor of our home and we’d have to rip through the sheetrock to install it, so my husband is going to change out the wiring so we can plug it into the wall and swag it over an area with two armchairs and a small table. We’ve done that sort of thing before (and in reverse for an IKEA light for my daughters room) and it’s really a good way to use a light in a different way. Just an idea!

  8. I love joss and Main. Have told all my friends about it.

    As far as painting the fixtures, I did that several years ago. Love it. However, I just saw on MSN today in an article about new things coming in, the gold is coming back…ugh.

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