Monday, February 4, 2013

Shine some light on the Situation

Has anyone else experience where you do a simple project only to find a terrifying more complicated project lurking in the dark? Please tell me it's not just us...I feel like it's happened on every project we've tried to tackle.

To start, does anyone else have an unhealthy love of Restoration Hardware?

This is the Barcelona Iron Pendant from RH. I love the rustic, dirty look of it. I hate the $1000 price tag.


During one of our trips to the Habitat for Humanity ReStore we found this.


This lantern was brand new, in box, marked down to $20.

$20....$1000....I think it's close enough for the price. We decided to leave it silver until further notice due to the pain-in-the-assed-ness of taping off all of the glass, but we may take it down and paint it eventually so it matches the chandelier in the dining room better- who knows? We'll get there when we get there. Even as is, it is a hell of an improvement to what we had.


If the old light fixture had a super power, it'd be Go-Go-Gadget-Yellow-Boob-Lamp.

Last week, Nate climbed up there to remove the old light fixture only to discover something horrifying.

KNOB AND TUBE WIRING.

Da Hell?

Our whole house has been rewired. Every light fixture we've changed has been up to code. Every outlet we've removed has been correct. Why the hell was this one random light fixture knob and tube?

Needless to say it took Nate several hours to replace the light fixture safely and as correctly as we could. Luckily, in Nate's electrical class he's taking at the community college this semester, they are learning how to remedy things like this, so by the summer we should be able to fix this at a reasonable cost.

We also compared the wattage to what was up there and what we were installing and we are not overloading the circuit anymore than it already was, and as the old light fixture had been up there at least 30 years, I don't think 4 more months will burn the house down (knock on wood...). So we went through with the plans as originally intended.

We also had great company while we were dealing with this.


The lantern sets off beautiful shadows, and because I have the personal preference, we went with the round candelabra bulbs instead of the candle ones- though I would have done the same thing with the RH one too. The room became really hard to photograph now that there's a light fixture that actually shines light, so here's hoping I'll get a good one before we do a full reveal on the space, but here she is!


Also, I just noticed I am apparently missing a head chair in this photo at the dining table. ...Let's ignore that and pretend the pretty leather chair is hanging out at the end of the table and not hiding in the family room or something.

What did you guys get accomplished this weekend?

P:S: Nate and I super freaking stoked and excited to have been nominated for a Homie. If you enjoy what we do here, would you please consider heading over to Apartment Therapy and voting for us? Thanks!

15 comments:

  1. i love love love that light fixture- what a world of improvement!

    i don't understand where chairs would comfortably fit in that hallway though, it looks too narrow?

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    1. I'm currently fighting with a measuring tape trying to figure out if I can make something work. I don't know if it will, but it'd be nice to see it as an option.

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    2. maybe it's more of a bench sized spaced? a cushioned bench with underneath storage... like DIY something out of old kitchen cabinets or something.

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  2. Not knob and tube!!! I totally know the feel. Except not with knob and tube. But extension cords. And the feeling of having to redo electrical. It's a major ass-pain. BUT the new fixture looks beautiful. I love how much character your entry has.

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    1. Yes, it caused angels to cry. Tragic....

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  3. Knob and tube IS the stuff of nightmares. I love your new lantern is fantastic! I was looking at one at the thrift store the other day and am so, so tempted.

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  4. It looks great! You must be running out of light fixtures to replace by now :). Sometime I'll have to tell you about the time Dave was replacing a light fixture at our old house and discovered there was no junction box and tried to put one in and wound up so frustrated he punched the wall (not typical for him) and eventually ended up having to go to the doctor and do "finger therapy" because he messed his hand up so badly. Electricity is so fun.

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    1. Isn't it? We've encountered problems every single time we've worked on the electricity. But you know, one does not simply run out of light fixtures to change. There's at least 5 more to go!

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  5. Oh I love that light!!! This is sort of off topic but I LOVE your stairs - the wood is so pretty. :-)

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    1. Thank you very much! The woodwork in this house is what drew us to it.

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  6. That light fixture is gorgeous!

    We're with you. Everytime we start a project on our house, it ends up being ten times more involved and annoying than we thought it would be. Your house is gorgeous though! I love the yellow in your built ins. Fabulous!

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    1. Thanks Mary! That was the first thing we did to the house and it still makes me smile.

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