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Outdoor progress

The side garage door is purple.  We like it!

Final verdict: SW Dewberry

The onion globe light fixtures are installed:  we like them too, although they don’t look as different as we imagined they might.

We also installed a new closet door, which will be the first of many.  We still need to paint it.  If I have time later I’ll do a whole post on that project.  We are doing slab doors rather than pre-hung inside, so we’re going to get good with a router.

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We will be replacing all 14 lauan interior doors (including closets) with solid pine 6-panel doors, and all the brass hardware with Schlage satin nickel knobs and hinges.  Now that the first one is up, it really shames the lauan doors!

Hopefully that will motivate me after the holidays to do the rest.  It will be a big project to hang and paint them all.  They will all be painted white, along with all the trim around the doors.  We stocked up on white semi-gloss at the Sherwin Williams 40% off sale this weekend!

 

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Outdoor lights

The exterior lights for the front porch and garage are ordered!  And at 10% off no less.

For the porch:

and for the garage (x3):

DECISION MAKING FOR THE WIN.

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This will be a brief post, because this project is on the short list of those we opted not to take on ourselves.  Last week we hired an electrician to do the wiring for new ceiling fans in all four bedrooms, and wire the wall switches to control the lighted fans, rather than the outlets they previously controlled.

We put three identical fans in the master, spare, and office bedrooms:
We went with Hunter fans for their reputation for being quiet, and picked a low profile model since our ceilings aren’t particularly high.  I’ve never really loved white ceiling fans, but we went that way anyway because we wanted them to disappear into the ceiling as much as possible.

Since they were 52″ fans, we thought that would be a bit much for the fourth and smallest room (the guest room).  The guest room received the 36″ ceiling fan that had previously hung in the hallway over the stairs instead.

It hasn’t been warm enough to use the fans, except to verify that yes, they work, and yes, they’re quiet.  The lights have been nice, though.

Master lighting before: 

Master lighting after:

Guest Room before:

Guest room after:

I’m sure you get the picture.  From dimly lit to bright!

The office and spare rooms got the same treatment:
  
Obviously these two rooms have a little further to come toward anything that looks finished, but at least now they’re well enough lit that we can see what we’re doing, and what we have to work with.

On the floor in the green room, you can see a whole house fan that is soon to be installed – it will go over the landing/stairs, and we think it’ll be a much more cost effective way to cool the house in the summer when it’s not quite hot enough to need the central air.  The whole house fan was the reason we took the ceiling fan out of the hall to move it into the guest room.  In its place, we put this schoolhouse light:

We were looking for something semi-flush mount, that wouldn’t draw too much attention, was reasonably priced, and had a closed globe so it didn’t collect dust, etc. inside.  Sold.  And it actually looks great!  So win for amazon.com on that one.  Hopefully the whole house fan will go up this week.  Then bring on the warm weather!

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Ah, before and after’s.  My favorite posts to write.  Without further ado:

 

 
Taking photobombing lessons from Bo Obama

I’m really pleased with the finished product.  I think it looks more polished, will be more practical to take care of, and like I mentioned in a previous post, I think it helps our very own green monster staircase stand out a little less.

So there you have it!

Eventually we’ll paint the door frame trim white, along with the baseboards and the sides of the stairs, but probably not until we’re ready to replace the flooring.  I’m not holding my breath for that one, though, so we’re calling the project done for now.  This is one I’m very glad we did.

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The kitchen ceiling fan:

Photo circa August 2010

has been on The List for some time now.  My biggest grievance is that it was mounted as if it was a standard light fixture, i.e., with completely insufficient support for a ~60 inch dia. ceiling fan.  We couldn’t turn the fan on even if we wanted to, because it wobbled precariously.   Not to mention, we don’t really want to fling dust around the cooking area.

Push came to shove, as many things do around here, when something broke.  This time, it was a light bulb (for the second time) — the glass broke off of the metal bulb socket, leaving the metal screwed into the light fixture.  This happened before, but this time we couldn’t get it out (even with turning off the circuit and using needle nose pliers).  Since there wasn’t any love lost on the light fixture, we started shopping, and it came down.

Gross.

Cute!

We gave consideration to canister lights, but decided against them because we plan, someday, to redo the kitchen, layout included.  Canisters are a lot of work if you’re not sure you know where you’ll want them long term.

We also looked at some of the beautiful fixtures at Hubbardton Forge.  But those are pricey, and again, a lot about our kitchen is done with the “this’ll be nice for the next 5-10 years” mindset.  So off we went to Lowe’s to see what they had.

After some wandering, and some debating, we brought home this Allen + Roth fixture.  It was significantly less expensive than other options we were considering, and with 3 CFL bulbs, we figured it would make a nice, bright work space.

Not bad!

The CFL bulbs do take a minute to warm up when you turn it on, so at night it takes a minute to get up to its full brightness.  Admittedly, not my favorite feature.  But it coordinates pretty well with the existing hardware and fixtures, including the light over the table, and definitely does the job.  We still need to do just a little patching in the ceiling, since the cutout is a smidge too big, but that’s just minor cosmetic work.

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A marvel of brass, wood (faux?) and grapevine-etched glass globes, this was the dining room chandelier when we bought the house:

Our dining room, circa 1985-2009

I started shopping for replacements only to find that the iron chandeliers that I really like are pricier than I expected.

Hubbardton Forge

In an ideal world, I’d probably have the chandelier at left, or one like it — but alas, we do not live in an ideal world.  We live in a world where I can either have this light, or go to town when upgrading from our 21″ CRT TV.  We chose the latter.  (The family room has undergone significant re-furnishing and re-arranging, but that’s a topic for another day.)

So what to do with the brass and wood in the meantime?

First, we pulled off the etched glass globes.  That held us for a few months.  The light was brighter, and the 80’s vibe was at least a little less aggressive:
Still awfully shiny, though, and not very complimentary to black and white china.  Or much else, for that matter.

To deal with that, over the last two weeks, I gave it the same treatment that I gave a pair of brass table lamps a few months ago:  I spray painted them with Rustoleum Hammered Metal spray paint (dark bronze).  For about $3 or $4 worth of paint and primer, and about two weeks spending a few minutes a day turning it and adding coats, it’s quite an improvement:

The black & white china appreciates the change.

It was harder to paint than the table lamps, partly because there were more pieces to tape off and keep the paint off of.  It was hard to get the chain completely painted, too.  I did the last few spots after it was reinstalled, with a q-tip dipped in some paint that I sprayed onto a piece of aluminum foil.

I’d still like to replace it eventually; but this was a pretty rewarding short term fix, especially for the cost!

Post paint job: the hammered metal paint looks pretty passably metallic with the light turned on.

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My mom recently bought a new pair of lamps for their master bedroom, and offered the old pair to us.  Being new homeowners, offers like that are almost always accepted.

The only problem is that they’re brass, unlike anything else in our house.  Everything else we’ve chosen (or inherited) has had a satin nickel or wrought iron finish, and we’re in the process of replacing all the brass cabinet hardware in the house.  So off we went, for materials to personalize our new brass lamps.

I came home with spray primer and Rustoleum “hammered metal” finish spray paint in dark bronze.  The cap looked almost black – I was hoping for something vaguely wrought iron in finish.  I also bought two new shades, for a grand total ducking under $40 — $30 for two shades, and less than $10 in paint.

Weapons of choice

First, I wrapped the end of the cord and the top “candlestick” part of the lamp in newspaper and tape to keep them the original cream.

I sprayed one coat of primer, followed by two coats of dark bronze, plus a few touch ups here and there.  The dark bronze paint went on a lot less smoothly than the primer.  It almost beaded up a little bit, to create the pocks of the hammered look.  I almost wondered if I’d have been better off not priming first, because the white primer flecks showed through much more than the original brass would have.  The paint can did say that priming wasn’t necessary.  Ah well.

After a lot more coats than I expected, the finished product came out pretty well:

Then and Now

A slightly larger shade might be in order, but other than that, not bad!   Especially compared to this lamp, available for $83 (for one!) at overstock.com:

Total savings:  About $140.  Nice!

For more Rustoleum spray paint ideas, check out:

Shanty 2 Chic

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