My house was built around 1920. Obviously the need for electricity was very different in those days. We have two bedrooms upstairs and exactly two electrical outlets, one in each room. My bedroom... one. The living room and dining room, they got extravagant, there are two in each room. We are fortunate, there is one in the bathroom (yes, I only have one bathroom), two in our breakfast room and a whooping four in the kitchen - of which only two are actually for use on the counter tops. Thankfully, we now have power strips, or our outlets would look like that scene out of "A Christmas Story"....
We do of course, have ceiling lights, so there is electricity in every room/space. A couple of our light fixtures are original to the house...
the living room and
the (enclosed) front porch, complete with those Edison style bulbs and yes, I paid $7.95 for each bulb, but we hardly ever turn them on so I figure they'll last for a long, long time.
Other fixtures are old, but not the "good" kind of old.
The main kitchen light, made to not have any kind of cover on it - it also usually takes a couple of flips of the switch to get it to come on, and yes, you can still buy those old round fluorescent bulbs;
the lights (there's a twin) in the back (also enclosed) porch and a similar light over the kitchen sink, functional but not very pretty.
We've worked on replacing other light fixtures as we've found them on eBay, antique stores/shows or our local salvage store (The ReStore).
Two porcelain sconces in the breakfast room (I can see I should have dusted before I took the picture) - eBay;
hallway light - The Restore;
our bedroom light - antique show;
upstairs area - eBay;
my sewing room - The Restore;
The only new light is the dining room chandelier, I thought it said "simple farmhouse" - Lowe's.
Most of the lights were an interesting mix when we moved in. Mostly just bare bulbs. The living room light had no "dish" on it we got a replacement on eBay. The light over the kitchen sink and the two fixtures in the back porch did not have their glass in place, for some reason they were out in the garage. As you may have noticed, I still need to paint around most of these fixtures since I painted the ceilings before the lights were found. I also was not the one that painted all over the living room light fixture... but I do need to clean it up.
I would like to replace the kitchen lights with lights I found at Rejuvenation, such as:
even this (last two images from Rejuvenation).
My husband has been working on new power lately, to the barn! Hope you're all enjoying the weekend.
Chris at Red Gate Farm