Easy Upgrades Foyer + Hallway

OUT WITH THE OLD, AND IN WITH THE NEW

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Between the late night coding sessions and last minute tweaks for the new blog design, we managed to take the first step in sprucing up the empty foyer by hanging the new light fixture. The flush mount fixture we had before (this one from Home Depot) was doing the job, but it lacked personality and didn’t bring anything special to the space…

How to Install A Pendant Light Fixture / 7th House on the Left

Even though we still aren’t completely sure about the plans for this area (we’re just going to let it evolve over the next week or two), the light seemed like a good place to start. After narrowing down our favorites to theΒ fab five, we finally decided on theΒ Olivia Star Pendant.

How to Install A Pendant Light Fixture / 7th House on the Left

As we unboxed the fixture, we knew we’d made the right decision. It’s fun, different and classic all in one. The black iron will tie in with the new dining room light fixture, too. Don’t worry–you haven’t missed anything. It’s still in the box waiting to be hung. In other words, it was perfect.

We’ve installed many a light fixture in the almost three years of owning the house (wow, has it been that long?!), but we weren’t sure what the process of going from a flush mount to a pendant light was going to be like. The main concern was we couldn’t remember what was under the flush mount when we replaced the old fixture (a dated brass beauty with ducks etched in the glass). Normally, we wouldn’t be too concerned about this kind of thing, but the builder (or maybe a previous owner) cut a few corners when installing a few of the light fixtures in the house. They just poked holes in the drywall and fed wires through it. We’ve fixed most, if not all, of these spots, but there’s always that little bit of worry in the back of your mind.

How to Install A Pendant Light Fixture / 7th House on the Left

Come to find out, we were in luck! The flush mount came down like a charm and the only evidence was a light gray ring on the ceiling which was easily covered up with a light coat of white ceiling paint.

How to Install A Pendant Light Fixture / 7th House on the Left

For starters, Greg held the light up to the ceiling to get an idea of how long we wanted it to hang. It needed to be high enough to clear the front door, the closet doors and the top of Greg’s head (he’s the tallest person around here, including all of our friends and family, so it seemed like a good gauge to go by, haha). We ended up with 5 or 6 links of the chain left after we trimmed the links and the wires.

How to Install A Pendant Light Fixture / 7th House on the Left

As usual, we made sure all the switches were off before we started messing with the wires. Greg is pretty comfortable with this sort of thing by now (he’s worked with my dad on projects like this around the house enough to know what’s what), but as the light fixture instructions said, don’t mess with this sort of thing unless you know what you’re doing.

While I held up the weight of the light fixture, Greg screwed the canopy in place. Greg originally thought he could handle this on his own, but this part was a two-person job. You need one set of hands to hold the fixture, and another set to hold the canopy and the screwdriver.

How to Install A Pendant Light Fixture / 7th House on the Left

Totally painless! And here she is…

Installing a Pendant Light / 7th House on the Left

You can still see a very faint circle where the old light fixture was. We just need one more light coat of ceiling paint. …and a rug… and maybe a coat of paint on the inside of the front door? And here’s another shot with the front door open…

Replacing a Flush Mount Light with a Pendant Light / 7th House on the Left

Seeing this big pop of red in the space has me excited and eager to add furniture, accessories and color to this space in the veryΒ near future. Stay tuned for more foyer-related news in the coming weeks!

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37 Comments

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    Hollie @ I'm Busy Procrastinating
    March 18, 2013 at 11:45 am

    Boob light, be gone! The new pendant is fun and funky.

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    Karen Blount
    March 18, 2013 at 11:55 am

    What color is your front door? It is exactly what I’m looking for.

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      Ashley
      March 18, 2013 at 11:57 am

      It’s Posh Red by Valspar. Happy painting! : )

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      Karen Blount
      March 20, 2013 at 4:23 pm

      Thanks

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    Christina @ Homemade Ocean
    March 18, 2013 at 11:56 am

    Have I told you lately how much I still love your floors πŸ™‚

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      Ashley
      March 18, 2013 at 11:57 am

      Haha, thanks!! We love them too!

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    Sarah M. Dorsey
    March 18, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    It’s perfect! I love it’s fun shape! πŸ™‚

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    Abby @ Just a Girl and Her Blog
    March 18, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    Ooh that light is so much fun!! I can’t wait to see how you fill the rest of the space. Love the blog’s new look, by the way! Happy Monday!!

    ~Abby =)

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    KMP Modern
    March 18, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    Congratulations on finishing the job. If it was me, the light would sit for months, really! It’s a classic shape, and I love it with the open red door. Reminds me of a balmy night in Morocco. I can really see a glamorous console or round table in your foyer. Thanks for posting!

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    Amanda - Small Home Big Start
    March 18, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    I love that pendant! So much fun! it’s crazy how much even something as little as swapping out a light can make a big impact.

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    Kate @ Magic City Thistle
    March 18, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    I love your new light – it looks perfect for the space. I’m glad it was easy to change out – I’m hoping to switch our kitchen light to a pendant so am keeping everything crossed for an easy switch. Also loving the new look for your blog.

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    Rachel
    March 18, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    I LOVE what you did! That really makes the entry pop. How tall are your ceilings?

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      Ashley
      March 18, 2013 at 6:42 pm

      Thanks! They’re just a little over 8 feet.

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    Ashley J
    March 18, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    I’ve always wanted that light, ever since I saw it in Friends… it is so timeless and chic. Looks great you guys!

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      Ashley
      March 18, 2013 at 6:42 pm

      I forgot about the one on Friends, right in front of “Monica’s closet”, haha. Love that show!

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    Jenn @ Home Style Report
    March 18, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    Such a fun choice but I feel like it will go with anything! Lighting really can make all the difference!

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    Ashley
    March 18, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    Looks great!! Can you please tell me where your topiaries on the front porch are from? Thanks!!

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      Ashley
      March 18, 2013 at 8:07 pm

      Thanks so much! We lucked out and found them on sale at Tuesday Morning.

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    Erin @The Drumgoole Family
    March 18, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    Yes, yes, yes! My vote on the new light is “yes”!

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    Amy, At the Pink of Perfection
    March 18, 2013 at 11:33 pm

    I would love to put something like this up in our home and start replacing all our boob lights! This is so perfect- simple and stunning.

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    melodee
    March 19, 2013 at 12:05 am

    what a beautiful light fixture! love your door, as well!!! that red is amazing:)

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    Jen
    March 19, 2013 at 3:14 am

    Can I get a Heck Yes!? So stinkin’ perfect! And the pop of red on the door is so much fun! Great choice once again!

    xo,
    Jen

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    John @ Our Home from Scratch
    March 19, 2013 at 8:23 am

    Brilliant piece! Kinda looks like the ship Superman left Krypton in from the first Superman film. Makes me love it all the more.

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      Ashley
      March 19, 2013 at 10:07 am

      Definitely! haha!

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    Dani
    March 19, 2013 at 9:56 am

    Looks so good, love it!!! Now to get my not-so-handy hubby to do the same!!!!!!!:)

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    carole
    March 19, 2013 at 11:16 am

    love the new light fixture. what kind of finish is on all of your doors/hinges in your home. thanks in advance!!!

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      Ashley
      March 19, 2013 at 11:49 am

      Thanks! They’re all either Oil Rubbed Bronze or “Antiqued Brushed Bronze” – which is just a tad lighter than Oil Rubbed Bronze.

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    Citapore Rugs
    March 20, 2013 at 12:26 am

    Love the red door in particular!!

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    Carol @ Elephant Buffet
    March 20, 2013 at 5:47 am

    Wow. I’m in love with how the entire look is coming together. Nice work, guys!

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    Dawn
    March 20, 2013 at 11:44 am

    Love the light! It looks so great! We recently installed the same style over our kitchen sink and I love it. I also love the way yours looks with the red door. A while ago I took the plunge and painted the inside of our front door bright red to match the outside ( http://designingdawn.com/around-the-house-red-front-door/ ) and have not regretted it once. Everyone who sees it loves the drama and pop of color it adds. I would totally say go for it!!

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    Lauren
    March 20, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    What color are your walls? LOVE the whole look — and you’re right, a pop of red would look fantastic inside, since the door can’t always be open πŸ˜›

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      Ashley
      March 20, 2013 at 3:49 pm

      Thanks! The walls are Martha Stewart Cobblestone – but they’re a little darker in person.

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    karen s
    March 22, 2013 at 10:13 am

    I love it it is so beautiful and the door pops!

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    Erin
    March 26, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    I have the same light fixture waiting to be installed in our entry. πŸ™‚ We have a fixture that’s recessed into the ceiling and a big hole to patch, so that’s why I haven’t installed it, yet. :Nice to see what it looks like in a room with “normal” ceiling height! Lovely!

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    Angela
    December 1, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    Amazing choice! I have the same light in my foyer. I had eyeballed this light for years before purchasing it.

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    Kelly
    June 11, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    I am SO PSYCHED that I found this blog post as my husband and I are ordering the same star pendant from pottery barn for our foyer… It looks fabulous!!! So glad you included the details of the installation as well. Thank you!

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    Libbi
    March 21, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    I have the same light and was excited to find your blog to walk me through it with a diy confidence. Unfortunately I didn’t have the same luck as you did with the junction box. Feel frustrated after measuring the length and now have to pay a professional to hang it.

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