Not a Fan

Avatar Katelyn | July 23, 2013 13 Views 0 Likes 0 Ratings

Our office, which was originally a breakfast nook, has  been coming along little by little. We added the two tall Besta cabinets after our media center swap, and we borrowed a couple chairs from our dining room that made it look a lot prettier than our old office-y chairs.

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But there was one thing that kept getting in our way. Well, getting in Evan’s way.

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Yep. My 6’5″ fiance could not walk through the center of the room without bonking his head. This was a problem. Plus it’s not like the fan was a looker or anything in the first place, it was quite dated and a bit of an eyesore.

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So we went to Ikea (wooooo!!) and picked up this guy to replace it.

Screen Shot 2013-07-19 at 12.47.03 PMWe wanted something that would lay pretty flat against the ceiling, was contemporary and subtle, and didn’t break the bank. At $40 this wasn’t a crazy bargain, but with similar looking lights going for $150 at Crate & Barrel it didn’t seem so bad. Also, we liked the subtle texture it brings into the room.

But before we could put up our new light, we had to take down the dust collecting device fan. The first thing we did was turn off the electricity to this part of the house. That’s a must! We then disassembled it piece by piece, starting with removing the globes and light bulbs since those were the most breakable, then the brassy piece that held them, then the blades.

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We had saved the previous owners curtains to use as drop cloths for various things, and it really helped having one underneath the fan disassembly to catch any stray screws (and/or stray cats) that fell.

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When it came to adding the new light, Evan just followed the directions to hook the wires up properly. Don’t be intimidated by this part, it just takes a couple minutes. It does help to have two people though- I held the fixture base while Evan did the wire working.

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When everything was connected, we tucked the wires up into the ceiling hole and screwed things in.

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For a brief moment it looked like we had some sort of tiny alien space craft on our ceiling. Until we added the big glorious shade! It was easy because it just popped on with magnets and it’s very light.

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It may be a subtle light fixture, but it’s crazy how much better it makes the office look! It makes our ceilings look way higher, it’s nice and contemporary, and best of all Evan can walk through without hitting his head.

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While we were improving the office, we decided to add that big photo frame above Evan’s desk too. We don’t know if it will stay there permanently, but for now the size was right and it looks much nicer than a blank wall.

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Mochi is always sneaking into my pictures. Little fluff <3

To save you some scrolling, here is the before and after. Even though it’s not an earth-shattering change, it’s one that we think definitely improves the space. And seriously- don’t those ceilings look higher now?

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Next on the list is to change those curtains (they were the previous owners) and maybe get a round rug for the space? Wonder if that would look nice.


This post currently has 10 responses.

  1. yurrabazain

    July 23, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    Your office is off to a sleek start. We replaced an old ceiling fan in our living room with a 3″ flush mount light and love the head space too, even though my husband and I are not tall like Evan. =D

  2. Katelyn

    July 23, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    Thanks! It makes such a big difference :) And a pretty quick and easy fix! Our office still seems unfinished though, it’s a work in progress

  3. bethanne

    July 23, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    I love that massive photo frame! Where did you get it? It’s got a great layout. I might want something similar for our new place, but I’ve only ever seen tacky photo layouts and ones with 8 x 10s thrown in when the frame is that big…

  4. Katelyn

    July 24, 2013 at 8:16 am

    Thanks! It was a frame Evan got before we lived together, on sale at Aaron Brothers. He says they always have coupons, especially for frames! :)

  5. Allan

    April 10, 2017 at 10:28 am

    I did some research and it turns out those fans in there were actually way more powerful than anything you could buy today and less cheaply made. What I would’ve done was simply repaint the fans. They cost about $500 a piece in 1979 or so.

      • Katelyn

        April 11, 2017 at 10:26 am

        That’s a good tip to keep in mind! We actually keep the new fan on low all the time (for a little circulation) so I think we are ok with the lower power. What we really like about the new one is that is an an upward facing light, which is a lot softer because it’s more diffused by being reflected off the ceiling. Thank you for the tips though!

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