Thursday, November 29, 2012

Busted

The other day, I got super geeky excited.

Why?

Because I saw this.


How freakin' spiffy is that?

I thought that putting mason jars in the bathroom would be a super easy and sentimental way to update the light fixture.


It is a simple, 4 down fixture, but for some reason it really, REALLY isn't working for me. I thought by using the mason jars it would add just that hint of rustic that we love.

Also, we happen to have an abyss of mason jars hanging out from a DIY project we did for our wedding.

Here's K, my niece, on our wedding day.


Then I got sad.

Why?

Because not only is this a total lie, because out of the three light fixtures we have in our house (as well as 10 I tried at Habitat trying to make it work) the Mason jars are about .25 an inch too wide to fit into the socket.

Oh, and also, a standard light bulb is too fat to fit in the said jars. Notice how in the picture, there is no light bulb in the socket.



I'm honestly really bummed, I thought maybe by using a candelabra bulbs that we could get it to work, but the jars are just too big to attach anyway.

Boo.

If anyone can figure out a way to make this work, I will give them 10 brownie points.

Anyone? Bueller? Anyone?

UPDATE: I've been told by one of my readers that Creek Line House did it to their front porch (link here) This makes me jealous and cranky and wondering why bathroom light fixtures are mean to me.

In other news...I did something I never do- I actually bought paint samples for the living room. The one time I do it and I was actually right with my gut instinct. I am having a hard time with the fireplace though because the retro tile is just so hard to coordinate with. I think we may have to do two paint colors. One on the walls opposite the fireplace, and one up against it. Me likey the bottom one (which is the Mermaid Song I've been drooling over for months.) I threw the seal up there too thinking it might be good around the fireplace...but I'm worried it may be too dark. The joy of this house though is the freakishly tall ceilings that make any paint color look brighter than they are.


I also really like the ice blue, but it won't work in here- maybe another room in the house.

Do you guys buy paint samples? Do you dive in? CAN YOU MAKE THE MASON JARS WORK?! (my life is full of uncertainty...)

14 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness, you are too funny! That silly bathroom light fixture doesn't know what's good for it. My porch light had about three little screws that held the glass in place so the size of jar that fit in there was pretty flexible. I had to use some clear hockey tape to give the rim of the jar a little grippyness too. I don't know if you saw that I used an appliance bulb to fit into the jar. You'd never know it's not a normal bulb just by looking at it, but it's quite a bit smaller. Hope you figure something out! That would look awesome in your bathroom!

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    1. Oh Heyyyy! I tried to attack your blog but it wouldn't let me- boo. I'm insanely jealous of your light. I my mason jars went completely around my fixture (like my fixture went inside of it) but the lightbulb was too big! I was so confused. Does your appliance bulb fit in a regular socket or did you have to get an adapter?

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  2. Well, phooey, those jars would look great in your bathroom. There are regular jars and wide mouth jars- maybe yours are the wide mouth?

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    1. I'm pretty sure they're regular, but they're also older so maybe they make them different sizes now? I'll measure them and hit the store...The ones from our wedding were my mom's and she picked them up at a flea market when she was really young- so they're probably 60+ years old.

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    2. Well ok - that's what I get for not reading comments before commenting!!! LOL -- do what you will with my other post, it may not make sense now.

      Sheesh....is it Friday yet?

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  3. I'm going to play around with this a little when I get home today- I've got a bunch of jelly and pasta sauce jars at home of all different sizes. I'll get back to you! :)

    Also- any thoughts on painting the fireplace tile to blend it better with the room? Or covering it up like Kenzie did?

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    1. Report back ASAP Solider. Also, with the fireplace surround...I can not bring myself to mess with 110 year old tile. If it weren't original to the house it have been gone by now, but we think it's original tortoise shell in a subway pattern...can't bring myself to ruin something that's original (I might bring an antique person in though to tell me if it is original...if it's not- it's so gone)

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    2. I didn't finish my master's in Historic Preservation, but my half-way done opinion is that they are original to the time period your house was built. I think your fireplace is drool worthy.

      I giggled over your mason jar catastrophe. Maybe you could try sauce jars?

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    3. Bless you for not painting 100+ old tile!!!

      I nearly had a stroke at the though of it!! 8-O

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    4. Yeah....that's what I thought. And just like my woodwork, if they're part of the original house, and not the renovation, they get to stay...

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  4. If you are thinking about doing seal, I would paint as big of a swatch as you can with that sample. I think it might look darker than you want. And a bigger swatch will help you really see if you want it or not. I could be crazy... but that's what happened when I was testing paint samples in our basement. I went through TWELVE before I found the right one that wasn't too dark.

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  5. I really REALLY love the dark color on the top as an accent wall for the fireplace. So much easier to put pops of color (like your teal) up against that neutral, than the other way around.

    Mason jars...hmmm....the only thing I can suggest is trying older jars to see if the inside of the mouth is smaller. Though Ball has been pretty darn consistent for decades with their jars, old jars may work for you. Keep looking and trying - you are sure to find something!!

    Oooo!!! Just though of this ---- you might be able to cut the tops of the jars off with one of those bottle cutting kits, and then put some sort of new ring in them to attach to the fixture. Hmmmmm....that might just work.

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  6. When I was testing paint samples, I painted a piece of white posterboard (I have contractor white walls, 8 yrs. after we moved in.....) That way I didn't have to worry about painting over splotches of odd colors. I could also put it different places in the room and see how the light played off of it. (can do a bigger size, too).
    Also, don't even think about tearing out those tiles (unless you let me re-cycle them as a backsplash in my kitchen!!).
    I like the dark color just around the fireplace with gray accents other places in the room. That.....or I actually like the beige that's there......sorry.

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    1. That's a good idea! And no- I'm not messing with the tile. Even if we were keeping the beige, we'd have to repaint the beige as what is up is old and dirty and doesn't reflect light very well. And, ya know, if you are going to paint anyway, you mind as well do something fun!

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