Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Plaster dust does nothing to cover gray hair, just FYI

Whenever I take photos of my dining room (which isn't all that often) I try to crop out the light fixtures. 


They are ugly and utilitarian and they make a terrible humming noise if you try to dim them.

Terrible photos, ahoy!

I never noticed that they're not even aligned, to boot. It took cutting holes in the ceiling for me to notice this.


Greg (an engineer) was like, "How have you never noticed that those lights aren't aligned?" and I was like, "Oh, I don't know, I've just been exploring the wonder of the natural world and worrying about bumblebees. God."


Except in reality I've been watching The Bachelorette and playing The Simpsons Tapped Out on my iPad. You know, the important things in life.

ANYWAY.


I got to use the hole saw to punch those beautiful holes in the ceiling. I wear glasses, which I thought would protect me from the falling debris but I ended up with two eyes full of plaster crud, which was awful. Our electrician went and grabbed his safety goggles for me, but I couldn't wear them with my glasses so I had to operate the hole saw blind, basically. I qualify as legally blind without corrective lenses, so I'd like a medal for getting three perfect holes in the ceiling (Greg was in the attic) without any blood loss.

Greg is in here somewhere

You have not lived until you've passed tools back and forth to your love through a hole in the ceiling while trying to discern what the other is saying.

Mumble mumble barn owls.
THERE'S AN OWL IN THE ATTIC?!?
I said I needed a drill bit! Focus, Heather.


The house was a mess and it took multiple showers to get the plaster out of my hair, but we got the electrical boxes installed and they are ready to be wired.


This was all a walk in the park compared to picking out light fixtures. I don't think Greg and I would ever survive a full-scale remodel and all the decisions that come with it, unless Jimmy Carter was involved. We finally found one single light fixture that neither of us hated, based on this picture:


Greg worked some Photoshop magic to mock this up:


I thought they were too far apart, so then we switched it to this:


But the attic beams conspired against us, so the final placement is somewhere between the two. Hopefully our electrician will be finishing up the attic work soon so we can ditch the old lights, patch the ceiling, and hang the new lights.


Grody carpeting, I'm coming for you next.

24 comments:

  1. Meryl Rose PhillipsAugust 27, 2013 at 7:29 AM

    Those lights are going to look awesome!!!

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  2. Thanks! I am so antsy to get the old ones out of there already.

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  3. I'm constantly in awe of the remodeling frontiers you tackle. Hole saw? I guess I've been away from that circle for a while.


    Awesome lights! We have a single etched glass pendant in a very similar shape above our dining room table. The Cerise, from Rejuvenation, as I recall. Your array is going to look fabulous!

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  4. great post. surprised the plaster didn't kill your hole saw. maybe ours is tougher, but i tried it once and the ridgid hole saw was pretty much destroyed after just one hole. did you use a carbide tipped bit or what?

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  5. It's going to be great! You are so industrious! I mostly sit on the couch and wonder why projects aren't magically getting done. Good for you for tackling these things that bother you and making them gorgeous!

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  6. Hooray for women and power tools. I remember those days with my husband, trying to do our own home improvement. I handed more than a few screwdrivers through holes in the ceiling. We were both pretty hopeless at it.

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  7. Yep, it's totally hosed now. I think it was a carbide tip but it was still chewed to hell after.

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  8. I do plenty of sitting on the couch! Having the electrician has given me the shot in the arm for a lot of projects.

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  9. I've decided we need walkie talkies or we're going to end up in couples counseling.

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  10. Oh, that light fixture is so pretty! I love Rejuvenation.

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  11. Our dining room fixture hangs about 2 ft south of center of the table. In other words right over one of the chairs. Not a problem for 5ft4in me, but 6ft2in husband HATES it. We should probably follow your lead, although I don't think we can afford both the electrician and the post project counseling.

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  12. Plaster dust, we can relate to that! I think you guys made the right choice for the lighting, love those glass pendants!

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  13. I don't know how you're keeping your sanity with an actual remodel!

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  14. It's too bad you can't get Lila to generate some revenue to offset some of your costs. Get on that modeling career she was destined for!

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  15. We finally got rid of a single hanging fixture with tiny lights over our couch that wasn't bright enough to read by, and put in track lighting, which I love, but DH came home with the ugliest huge white utilitarian fixtures he thought would blend into the ceiling. Fortunately we compromised and found some attractive little Stainless Steel ones I could live with. Now we can actually read and look at computer screens. This took 19 years to accomplish. Your dining room lights look great, I would love to replace our single ugly chandelier. Great job!

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  16. I can't wait to see the final product; it's going to be amazing! You just reminded me that I need to buy our new light fixture. I need to get on that.

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  17. Another success story, warts and all. According to your criteria, we have lived a LOT (makes me feel so much better...thanks). I like the slow approach to remodeling. That way we get to savor each small step.

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  18. Jenni @ RainyDayGardenerAugust 27, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    I dunno, you and Greg seem to have pretty good taste, I just love the new light fixtures. However, I do think you get bonus points on the existing ones..I mean, they have the wheat sketch on them! :)

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  19. Well, this is the first time I have seen Greg in a picture on your blog and he is a keeper. Both handy and handsome. Oh, and the light fixtures are nice too.

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  20. walkie talkies are a great idea - we had to get them when replacing/trouble shooting ceiling fan trouble - in the precell phone era.



    LOVE that dining room table!


    There is a shield type protective mask thing that is very handy with glasses. Feel free to use that specific lingo.


    Cheers.

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  21. ERMAGERD! Those pendants are gorgeous...your dining room is gonna be romance city with those puppies installed! As awful as all the actual work is, agreeing on something like light fixtures (or tile...or drawer pulls...or throw rugs) is the MOST AWFUL, HORRENDOUS, MIND-NUMBINGLY PAINFUL thing a couple has to go through. I think you chose wisely :-)

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  22. It makes me happy that Greg doesn't garden. Could you imagine trying to make those decisions every time you wanted to buy a new plant?

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  23. I enjoy looking at him! Thanks :)

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  24. LOL. I can't wait to ask for that at the Home Depot. You know, the face shield thingy?

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