New (yard sale) light fixture for the stairway

New yard sale light fixture for the stairway

I am on a mission… remove all the brass light fixtures from our house!  I have 1 more downstairs to remove, and a few more upstairs.  And the best thing is I am doing it with all yard sale/thrift store finds!   I will have to do a roundup post when I am all finished off all the new light fixtures (and before’s if I have a picture).  But here’s a few other ones I have already done and blogged about – guest bathroom, hallway light fixture.

My electrician brother recently did some work for us and while he was here I enlisted his help to replace this light fixture.  I have replaced many light fixtures myself but this one involved standing on a 12 foot ladder and putting up a rather big/heavy light fixture – something I wasn’t comfortable doing by myself. 

Here’s the before…

New yard sale light fixture for the stairway

It was small and not very interesting.

New yard sale light fixture for the stairway

And here’s the after!  I found this light fixture for $10 at a yard sale last summer.  I am pretty sure it was brand new – think someone moved in a new house and replaced it immediately – not even a speck of dust on it!  I had hoped to use it in my kitchen, but it was too big for my 8 foot ceilings.  Sad smile

New yard sale light fixture for the stairway

Here’s a picture of it lit up.  Much more light in our stairway now!

New yard sale light fixture for the stairway

And it is centered right in the center of the window – just wish the window was centered on this side of the stairway.

New yard sale light fixture for the stairway

One more down, 5 more to go!

New yard sale light fixture for the stairway

Do you look for light fixtures at thrift store??  I have had great luck!  Everyone I have found has been mostly $5 and under and have all worked when we put them up.

Off to go spray paint another small light fixture for the upstairs hallway! Smile  And at some point, I am going to have to paint that stairway – NOT looking forward to that…


  1. Kelly Palmer says:

    I love the new light fixture and it looks amazing!

  2. Years ago I bought a dining room “brass” chandelier at a church sale for a dollar. After reading this blog today I think I’ll follow your lead…take it down and paint it.
    I bought another chandelier for a few dollars, like one of yours…brand new, and hung it in the foyer. I took the smaller one down, painted it and now it hangs in my granddaughters closet.
    Love, love, love it when I can re-use or re-purpose pre-loved furniture/decorations!
    As always, thanks for the inspiration!

  3. Love the new chandelier. It really updates your space!
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  4. Love this!! Looks SO good!!! I would have never been SO lucky to get such a great find. 🙂
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  5. You are an inspiration! That is beautiful and I can’t wait to go hunting for myself!

  6. Sherri S. says:

    Great update! It looks very pretty 🙂

    Have a blessed afternoon!

  7. Lanita says:

    Hi Christina,
    Love the new light fixture – it looks wonderful and really updates your upstairs hallway!
    Thanks for sharing,

  8. O wow looks great there! I seriously just bought one I will convert this weekend last weekend at a yard sale for $2.00!! I love a deal! Frugal is so fun!
    Way to go!
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  9. Did you replace it yourself or have an electrician do it? I have a foyer light that needs to be replaced but I don’t think I have the ladders to get to it. (Two story foyer will require a scaffolding to access the ceiling.) Everytime I’ve called an electrician lately, it seems overly expensive.

  10. The new light fixture is beautiful! I, too, am trying to get rid of all the bright brass in my house, but I’m doing it by painting it with Krylon Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint! 🙂 Works great…even on door knobs! 🙂
    I’m just removing, spraying, and re-attaching a few things each weekend.

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