The living room ceiling light is up and functional. It wasn't even that bad to install. I think it is interesting that the old mounting hardware on the fixture fit the old electrical box perfectly. While I have no way of knowing what fixture was originally there, I believe this one has got to be pretty close. I wonder how long the electrical box was covered up or how long it has been since this fixture lit anything.
The ceiling itself is also now painted (except for the edges near the trim). For the ceiling, we went with a Sherwin Williams color called Jersey Cream. We are usually awful at picking colors, but this one actually turned out well.
The other nice thing about having an adequate light fixture in this room is I can now work on the trim refinishing in the evening. Hopefully that will accelerate the process from its current 200 year pace.