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Updated Fixtures…With a Hint of Retro!

I knew when I bought Mac’s house, I’d eventually have to replace every single light fixture. Most of them were original or replaced in the late 1980s or 90s. I was hoping to score some great clearance deals like I did at Flip #2, but, alas, that didn’t happen.



The eat-in kitchen had a retro ceiling fan that actually worked…until my mom accidentally took a 2×4 to the side of it. And, well, it was a goner after that. But it stayed hanging there, not working, for several months.

But then I stumbled on an amazing retro birdcage fixture!


I added a clearance ceiling medallion & an Edison light bulb to add some charm to this unique light fixture. There are two aspects of the light that I just adore. First, this light fixture was salvaged from a local barber shop, and it’s authentically retro.  The next thing I love, is the pattern the light creates on the ceiling!


In addition to the dining room, the exterior porch also got a lighting update. The existing light was in rough shape, and I wanted one that looked authentically retro.

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I removed the gold exterior light just before having the house painted, and then I found a cheap exterior light at Lowe’s. I wasn’t buying it because I loved it, I just needed a new electrical part because I had purchased a retro glass globe at a thrift store for a $1 that I wanted to use. So for less than $10, I have a modern retro exterior light now!


The living room ceiling fan was a fun modern-retro update! I chose a fan that had a remote control. The light switch for the living room doesn’t actually work for the living room light…it’s old school and one works for the exterior light and one works for the outlets. I didn’t want to hire an electrician to add a light, but I wanted the convenience of walking in the door and being able to immediately turn on the light. The remote I chose easily attaches to the wall, so instead of flipping a switch, there’s a button to hit to turn on the light. Easy fix without an electrician!


I was able to sell the fan, and used that money towards the purchase of a newer fan. The newer fan is silver and a hint of modern-retro design.


I also replaced each of the bedroom ceiling fans with white, new ones. I added a ceiling medallion in the main bedroom because there was a random hole in the ceiling, and I wanted to cover it up, so the medallion was the easiest way!


I was pleasantly surprised to find this little gem at Lowe’s. It looks retro to me, but it was a new purchase…for only $10! I love the milk glass inspired globe, and I loved the price!


I still have a few more fixtures to update, but I’m waiting to finish some other projects before tackling those.


10 thoughts on “Updated Fixtures…With a Hint of Retro!

  1. I particularly like the bird cage fixture for the eat-in kitchen area.

    Have you considered painting the front screen door to match the new exterior door color? I think it would be worth even buying more paint, if needed.

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