One more thrifty item I failed to mention yesterday was more like a thrift score: I found a like new Ikea Aläng in the box for half the price. I had been waffling for a while over what to replace our hallway "boob" light with. I was definitely not feeling the crystal-esque look of the current fixture with its pointy finial but rather wanted something that would coordinate nicely with the Eden pendent in our dining room that is just the next room over.
The Aläng was on my list of things to check out the next time I was at Ikea so when I saw this one in the thrift store I knew it was meant to be! (It's the smaller two-bulb version) Removing the old fixture wasn't too bad but putting the Aläng together took a little bit of "what the heck was Ikea thinking?" thinking. Honestly, who holds a fixture together with a zip tie? Anyways, we finally got the thing up on the ceiling and marveled at its alien-esque look before finally putting the shade in place. Those metal things are actually really strong magnets and the shade simply snaps in place. Strange...
As bizarre as the set-up was, it actually turned out to be pretty awesome looking, in my opinion. Dan's not 100% sold but his hang-up is the color of the light it seems to be emitting, which can easily be remedied with new bulbs. He likes the dining room pendant so I'm sure he'll come around shortly.
Have a great weekend!