Tip #118: Swap the lights.
As you’ve probably grasped, my general approach to living in a rental apartment tends toward making as few drastic changes as possible. (In case you need a reminder about how I’m currently dealing with my bathroom: head here.)
There’s always going to be something that’s not quite right. In our last apartment, I didn’t like the kitchen cabinets. In this apartment my dislike for the kitchen cabinets is overshadowed by my dislike for the bathroom. Suffice to say that if we owned our house, we might make a few tweaks and changes to both. But it’s likely that in this place, neither bathroom nor cabinets will get any kind of overhaul. You know how it goes.
But there are other kinds of apartment improvements that require a little bit of know-how, a little bit of daring, and a little bit of time, but that are ultimately doable. That’s the kind of fix I like to focus on.
In this apartment that kind of fix has been the light fixtures. Because a bad light fixture is so bad, and a good one is so good. And with just a little bit of dedication, a swapped light fixture—or even a capped light fixture—can make all the difference.
In this apartment, for the first year, we took a similar approach. We took the shades off our ceiling fan lights and replaced the bulbs with clear, round vanity bulbs. We removed a wonky white chandelier that hung awkwardly close to a wall, and capped the place where it hung. In our bedroom, we satisfied ourselves by simply never turning on the ubiquitous boob light that hung above our bed.
But after nearly a year in this space, we got a little bold. (And a little tired of walking around in the dark.) So we replaced the boob light and the old chandelier with two simple ceramic lights from Schoolhouse Electric. And just like that, our humble abode feels more like ours. (We’re still doing our best to ignore the fan. At least it’s white.)
Bonus: our tiny bedroom floor plan, as reflected by our new silver-capped light bulbs. A double-bed, a dresser, and a crib in one little room. Plus three.
PS. Seriously: Please exercise caution when messing with your electricity. If you don’t know how to change a light fixture, definitely ask for help. And don’t come a knockin’ if your landlord is none too pleased with your redecorating.
PPS. Who knows how to reupholster? Our little bench needs halp!
Disclosure: Schoolhouse Electric generously gave us our two new beautiful lamps. Yes, we’ll be taking them with us when we go.
Tiny apartment survival tips #1 – #117, RIGHT HERE.