Friday, February 25, 2011

Industrial chic? (Light in the bathroom)

About two years ago I moved in to our place, pushed things around, fretted over all the things I would DIE to change (still doing that, by the way) and rolled my sleeves up on a project or two.

One of the first endeavors was removing a glass-light-thingy from the bathroom ceiling fixture.  I don't have a "before" shot.  Just trust me.  It was ugly.  And I figured (a) it couldn't be any uglier if I removed it (b) by removing the glass-thingy I was forcing myself to actually upgrade really soon, and (c) maybe in the meantime it could pass as "industrial chic".

But here's the thing:  It ain't chic.  It's a light bulb.

And like so many other things, our eyes got used to it. The bare light bulb just sat there.

But gosh-darn, it's time to make some changes around here.

I considered several options:
-  Simple flush-mount ceiling light? It would do the job.  It would be cheap.  But it would also be boring.

-  How about a truly industrial light -- like these from West Elm?
West Elm Globe Pendant
West Elm Cluster Glass Pendant

 - Or push the envelope for our little bathroom, and install a plush chandelier?
Image via Apartment Therapy
I think the chandelier wins. Our tiny bathroom can use the glam, and I can only imagine how hard it would be to keep the globe fixtures clean with all the hairspray flying around. I like hairspray, after all.

I'll share the plans for one I purchased (including a new paint job) soon!