I was P.O.'d, let me tell you. How DARE PayPal reject my credit cards! But upon calmer reflection, it turns out I think that while these are gorgeous and a perfect match for THE MOOD I'm trying to create in my bath, they would have been just a bit too large for the space I have.
And so, I kept looking. Found these and went Whoa! I want these!
|Bettyrockit at Etsy via Kaboodle. Vintage Syroco (molded injected plastic).|
Size: 10" length by 6" wide by 4" sconce from wall (depth).Gorgeous and a great size
to fit in my somewhat tight space on either side of the mirror.
They are at Ebay. They are injection molded plastic "Syroco style" wall sconces (like the top set and the second set) and look to be nearly identical to the pair I found via Kaboodle at Betyrockit at Etsy, except "shabbied" up with white paint (Annie Sloan or home-made?) and the added crystal prisms just made me practically faint.
The photo quality isn't that great but I knew these would look wonderful on my bathroom wall on either side of the mirror. I figured that with taller (10") candles and with my black metal shades on brass candle-followers, I would get something of THE LOOK I want! Minus electricity -- but, such is life. A good size to fit in the narrow confines of the space on either side of my mirror. A little touch of frou-frou, but not too much. Perfect!
Except, when I tried to order this pair online, via PayPal, my credit cards were once again rejected by said Pay Pal.
So, here I am, sconceless!
Well, you say, what about those sconces you'd ordered and wrote about in Part I? Good question. I finally unpacked them -- they've only been sitting in the bathroom inside a big cardboard box since January or so. I pulled out one and unwrapped it, put in the batteries (six AA batteries!) and fired it up. It works great. But once I saw it outside of the box and held it up to one side of the mirror, I knew it wasn't going to work in the bathroom, let alone give me the kind of additional light I want. (Added later: I subsequently purchased brighter light bulbs, I will install them today, and see if that solves the problem of not enough light for my failing eyesight. I could also try getting some new eyes...).
So, I tried the test sconce out downstairs, hoping to find a place for the pair.
This is my bookcase/hutch in my living room. Current sconces are like the one on the left side - for candles. The test sconce is on the right, fired up.
Nope, just not the look I want. Doesn't fit either the space or the ambiance of what I've got going on in the living room.
After so many months, I decided against being bitchy and trying to send the sconces back for a refund. Sooooo, right now, this new sconce is holding court by itself in the upstairs hallway where I absolutely am loving it as a nightlight, believe it or not. Well, after that horrid nightmare of a few nights ago, it's nice to be able to open up my bedroom door and see - LIGHT - without having to fumble around for the wall switch in a mad heart-pounding panic. It's guaranteed to last for like 10,000 hours. Best of all, no ugly cord, and no electricity needed!
The companion sconce, still in its packaging, is resting under the guest room bed at present, so the duo are within talking distance of each other, as the door to the guest room is kitty-corner from the small piece of wall on the left side of the bathroom door where the unboxed sconce currently works.
Live and learn, Jan. Live and learn.