I L -O-V-E Schoolhouse lights.. I still have 2 more I need to refurbish. we have 4 in our house now and I’d be happy with every single light as a schoolhouse light, but that’s just a tad overkill 😉
I thrifted and ebay’ed (is that word?) all the schoolhouse lights. I found 2 of them at our local Re-Store in Ballard. I found 3 on Ebay, and then the 2 others I need to refurbish still, I found at antique shows. You can usually score a vintage one between $35-$100 depending on size and condition.
Rewiring and refinishing these lights is NOT difficult. I had no light-fixture-refab experience before jumping into all my light projects. The Schoolhouse lights typically have a very basic light set that you unscrew, take to the local ace or big box hardware store and just match it to a new set that fits. then put that all back in the lamp.. Alternatively if your super uncomfortable, just bring the whole fixture in and have someone help you match up a replacement lighting socket 🙂
I used our awesome sandblaster to blast away the old finish and rus of the metal parts and sprayed them with Rustoleum Oil rubbed Bronze for the new finish (you can alternatively just hand sand it with 120 grit sandpaper). I hand washed the globes and then put them all back together, and had our electrician install them into the ceiling 🙂 I don’t install anymore after brief blackout from trying to install a new outlet years ago.. picture spark, black mark up wall and me on floor.. I no longer do anything with electrical other then rewire lamps 🙂 WHILE they are unplugged that is! LOL
Here’s some sources for the schoolhouse lights as well as the Rustoleum paint I used:
- Ebay Schoolhouse Lights
- Re-Store Ballard
- Rustoleum Oil Rubbed Bronze Universal all in one spray paint
let me know if you have questions! Happy to help 🙂
Get out and DIY!