We added a small 10 inch lighting fixture medallion to the top, shortened the cord to the OTTAVA light a little with some electrical pliers, and then installed everything accordingly.
Two VERY important tips when installing new lighting fixtures:
1 – Make sure your main power source is ALWAYS off!
Electrocution = No fun
2 – Once your wires are properly connected, screw in a light bulb to do a test run to make sure everything works, BEFORE finishing your final steps of install. This will save you from having to unscrew/detach everything, if your wires aren’t correctly connected the first time.
After we made sure everything worked well, we purchased one of these vintage style light bulbs from our local hardware store to complete the look.
This is our finished product!
Our medallion is a bit loose, due to the screws that the pop out a little from the recessed lighting kit, but we’re rigging up a way to fix that problem 🙂
I LOVE the character that this lighting fixture brings.
With the exposed bolts, the shape of the glass, and the glowing filaments from the vintage bulb… it’s not JUST a light, it’s a piece of decor!
Check out these other great posts on the OTTAVA lighting fixture from Ikea:
Little Home Blog not only has a video, on how to change out a regular lighting fixture, but she also stacked her Ottava light a bit differently.
The Lettered Cottage puts her own spin on this fixture, by adding some rope and frosted glass spray paint, to give her light more of a coastal look.
The Feminist Housewife installed the same light outside on her back porch!