I promised before and afters and I am delivering!
Next up, a small one that made a big difference.
The living room light fixtures were original to the house and as such, even though they're not my personal taste I thought they deserved to hang out (pun intended) and enjoy the party.
Still, they were broken in a lot of places and in need of re-wiring so they had to come down.
Here's what followed:
Step 1: Look at your lights everyday and say things like, "Dang it, I've gotta' take those down and clean them." Wait about a year before proceeding to
Step 2: Take them down and give 'em a good cleaning and then decide, because it's your house and you're a grown woman, that you are going to paint them a nice, antique black with flecks of copper.
Step 3: Rip old stereo wires out (yes, these were wired with stereo wiring like you get at Radio Shack) and leave them with your mom for the weekend to re-wire, cover sockets with tape and paint.
Step 4: Hang back up, stand back to admire, realize they're crooked, re-hang, admire.