(Ignore the painters' tape and paint supplies, as we had just finished framing the mirror)
I pryed the cover of the fixture off-
And then ran into a huge problem... Unfortunately, I wasn't able to get a great picture of it, but imagine a HUGE hole in the drywall about 6 inches from the center of the fixture...and the center of the vanity. This hole was where the wires came out of and was about 3 inches in circumference. This meant that any new light fixture would have to be as wide and long as the original one to cover the hole and not look off center. Grrr.
It may or may not have stayed like that for 2 weeks...ok, 3. I was just about to bite the bullet and order a light fixture that would work from Overstock for $120 but I just couldn't commit yet.
In a rare stroke of incredible luck while visiting the new Habitat for Humanity ReStore, I saw this display-
It's hard to read but that red sign says 'All brass lighting $2'!!! I started digging around and found a perfect replacement and threw it in my cart-
I also stopped by this aisle-
and grabbed 5 glass shades for $1/piece. The hardest part was finding 5 globes that matched. They had so many different options but I could only find 5 matching ones in a few designs. I took my findings home and got to work. The glass shades got dunked in Windex and the brass fixture got a dose of glossy black spray paint-
And my amazing man friend then used his electric drill and installed this 'new' fixture for me...
Can you believe the grand total for this large 5-light fixture was just 7 bucks!?!? Amazing.
I've found some great deals at the ReStore before (and have donated lots of goodies there myself), but this is my best find yet. It just goes to show how outdated items can be made fresh again for a little bit of work and just a few dollars.