I ended up choosing lighting option 4, the Valencia dark bronze semi-flush mount light from Lowe's AKA the least popular option:
I chose it because I really liked the simplicity of it. I loved the other lighting options I chose but I felt like adding another something to look at was going to be too much for the small room. The gallery wall is already very busy and I know the shelves are going to be too so I didn't want to get a busy light. The one I chose gives your eye a place to rest and let's everything else stand out!
I'm not going to go too much into detail about the installation since I'm not a licensed electrician and I don't want to be held liable if something goes wrong in your installation but I will give you the Cliffs Notes version!
After I turned off the power to the room from the main breaker of our house, I started the installation by removing the finial and shade from the old boob light:
Then I unscrewed the mounting plate from the ceiling box and pulled all of the wires out:
I disconnected the wires from the old boob light and then I connected the wires from the new light to the wires in the ceiling:
After I had lined the new light fixture up with the screws that were hanging down from the ceiling, I screwed two decorative circular pieces on to hold everything in place:
Once that was secure, I screwed the shade into place, followed by the light bulbs:
Then I attached the diffuser piece by screwing the finial into the long screw that you can see hanging down in the photo above:
Just like that, I had installed our new light fixture by myself!
It wasn't that I couldn't have used my boyfriend's help, it's just that he was working day 11 of 12 and I knew he was going to be tired when he got home. I figured I'd do as much as I could ahead of time and then stop and wait for him to get home if I got to a point where I needed help but I didn't!
I love it! I did notice that the finial is different that the one shown in the picture online though:
It's not bad, just different than what I was expecting!
Speaking of differences – the light fixture is listed as $83.96 online but when I went to pick it up on my lunch hour Friday, I noticed that the sticker said $97.98 in the store. That's a $14 difference! I asked an employee about the price difference and he said to show the online listing to the cashier and they'd honor the price. He was right and I paid $83.96 instead of $97.98!
You can't tell in the pictures online but the shade has a linen texture to it which I think is a nice touch:
It just so happens that the texture of the shade coordinates very well with the set of IKEA Ritva drapes we have already hanging in the office! Yay for happy accidents :)
Ready for a before and after?
Ahhh, much better :)
Was option #4 your lighting choice? If not, what do you think of it?