Light It Up!

David and I have been loving our dining room makeover for the last few months. BUT (there's always a but!) something wasn't sitting just right. Get it? But? Sitting right? Yes, I'm a dork. And that something was the lighting fixture over the table.


While I absolutely love the Home Depot lighting fixture that we scored on the cheap, it just wasn't working. For the last  few months, I've been keeping an eye out on a good replacement, so when I was visiting my friend Katelyn last month and saw her amazing CB2 pendant, I knew I'd found "the one."  Once I spied it on sale for $35, I used a $25 Crate & Barrel gift card and... voila! A $10 fixture. Can't beat that!


David had to rig the pendant light to hang from the ceiling by using a mini pendant lighting kit from Home Depot. It was only $15, which brought the grand total of our new pendant light to $25.






I'm absolutely in love! I think this pendant is a much better fit than the previous fixture. It's lighter and brighter and a whole lot more simple than the heavy Home Depot fixture. And it leaves plenty of viewing space for my eye candy sunburst mirror on the wall. And, once we put our Home Depot fixture on Craigslist, we'll actually be in the black. Score!

BEFORE


AFTER


Whatcha think?! 


PS. I stopped by over at LeBaron Interiors yesterday and shared one of my favorite design tips- use color!! Stop by, check out my post and say hi!


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46 comments:

  1. Wow! That looks Great Michelle! I can't believe how inexpensive you go it for too!

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  2. Love the new shade!! It looks great in that room...really pops off the dark walks!

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  3. Oh yeah! Looks so crisp and clean and I still love that wall color!!!

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  4. definitely takes the room to a whole 'nother level!! love it.

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  5. that is perfect!!! i found a fixture at lowes i want to get that has a big drum shade and is perfect for our table... you've inspired me. i need to get on the ball!

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  6. MUCH better!!! Now when you are done there you may design my living room for me!! :D

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  7. Wow! That is SUCH an improvement. You are one lucky duck for finding that pendant at such a low price! Loving the sunburst mirror so much right now too!

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  8. Wow--that makes such a huge difference! I looks awesome!

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  9. LOVE IT! we need something like that in our dinning room. xoxo jillian:: cornflake dreams

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  10. Looks perfect! Can't beat the price either.

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  11. I'm SO late to this party, but I'm so glad to finally arrive! Loving your blog and catching up on what I've been missing! The navy looks great, love the new pendant and your basement carpet is great!! Who all gets excited over carpeting say "hey"? HEY!!!

    http://the-bright-life.blogspot.com

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  12. Excellent redo---dramatic difference - you could submit this to a magazine - the upside to everything!

    Enjoy-
    Linda

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  13. I like it so much better! Very crisp against the dark wall. Love the bargain price too!

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  14. When it's time to design/decorate my new home will you come do it please? I love the way the dining room looks!

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  15. Great switcheroo. I have a similar light fixture, as your new one, in my dining room too. It works so well with so many decors. A nice classic. LOVE the change.

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  16. Wow! What a difference that makes! Love it! and what a steal!! Love seeing progress and transformations in your home!

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  17. I LOVE it! It really brings the room together :)

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  18. HUGE difference. The white really marries the chairs as well. Love it, girl.

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  19. It looks so nice now. You could totally think that was a picture taken for a home decor catalog! It looks really great!

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  20. Great deal- I love the change. It's a perfect fit in that space. :)

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  21. Its amazing how much a difference a ceiling fixture can make. I love it! The starburst mirror is my fave:)

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  22. So I sorta hate you right now :) I love the light fixture and will be going to CB2 today to snag one. Do I need one? No...but you never know when you may have a lighting emergency or if a client needs a quick fix...or if aliens invade and you have to barter for your life. All of which, I will then be happy that I have a light fixture on hand.....

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  23. It looks great! I thought it looked great before, too, though. ;)

    And, I'm really considering the same rug for our dining room. Do you like it?

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  24. Doesn't it make you so happy when you find the perfect solution to a problem spot. It's perfect in the dr.

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  25. Perfect! I didn't mind the other light fixture, but the new one just takes it to a different level! So pretty! Enjoy it!

    Wow could I have enough !!!! in one comment? :)

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  26. Love your blog, I'm a new follower! :) (and I love the new lamp!)

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  27. LOVE IT!!! the new fixture is so pretty and goes with the room perfectly!

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  28. The new CB2 light looks *awesome* in your dining room! And I'm amazed that you scored it at such a great price.

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  29. I just stumbled upon your blog and love your style!
    I'm just wondering where you got your rugs for you dining and living room??
    Thanks!
    Em

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  30. Em- thanks so much for your sweet comments! The dining room rug is from Ikea and the living room rug is a discontinued rug from Pottery Barn- the Moorish Tile rug. But I think you can still find it on Ebay! Hope that helps : )

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  31. I agree with everyone; this pendant makes that room even better than it already was. And you got a great deal; very nice, Michelle!

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  32. I love the look of your diningroom! I'm in the middle of renovating mine and have been undecided on colour, that rich tone has me excited! I'm always looking for cool decorating blogs that are "reality" based and I love yours.
    www.kylieminteriors.wordpress.com

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