New lighting is up!

Lucite chandy game is on point? I would win the razzie award for lamest post titles. If such a thing existed, and since I have yet to get that award, I am going to assume that it does not.

Moving on.

This past week, the majority of our outlets on our main floor stopped working. They had been acting a little wonky for awhile, with flickering light bulbs in the lamp and the tv power light going on and off. So we had an electrician come out yesterday to fix it. Turns out, the contractor who put in the beam in the basement, messed with some of the wires and damaged them and a breaker, eventually causing a short. Our electrician said it was a major fire hazard and code violation. Ooft. 4 hours later, and some major re-wiring, it’s all fixed and working.

While he was here, I asked him to install the chandelier I had purchased back in December (in hopes that I would be motivated to work on that room and hang it.) I explained my concern that the ceiling pan wouldn’t hold it. He gave it a good yank and assured me that it was fine. With his blessing, I told him that I could install it myself, and I just did!

Weeks ago, I used an angle grinder to cut the old, old, old gas light pipe that was literally hanging out of the ceiling. Man, talk about sparks. My daughter was all: “ummm. mom. it smells like burning.” Then re-attached the ceiling pan, screwing it into the stud. Since I slapped it up, that’s probably why I was concerened about it’s ability to function properly. Again, I was told it was ok, so ran with it.003


I purchased this ceiling medallion online from Home Depot and had it shipped to the store. When I picked it up, I was concerned that it was way too big. But once up on the 9′ tall ceilings, it was a good size for the room. I cut a hole in the middle, for the ceiling pan, and used a pneumatic brad nailer (LOVE that thing) to attach it to the ceiling. After patching the nail holes, and caulking where the edge meets the ceiling, it got a coat of the ceiling color (Clark + Kensington Casa Blanca.) It covers the old ugly hole in the ceiling, thank gawdddd.

A little background on the chandelier. I was sitting on the couch late one sunday evening in december, looking at ebay. This chandelier came into my life, and I bid on it instantly. It ended like 8 minutes later, and I won. I totes felt guilty because I didn’t think my husband would like it. So… I did what any normal, emotionally well-balanced person would do. I waited a couple of days and randomly texted my husband asking if he remembered a fight from like 6 months ago when he was mean to me. When he answered ‘yes’, I told him I bought a chandelier I didn’t think he would like and it was directly related to his behavior in that fight. Whew. Guilt averted. Once I showed him the picture, he called it the “superman fortress of solitude chandelier.”

He has since agreed that it looks better in person.

With the help of my aforementioned husband, I got the chandelier attached. Then I carefully put on all the lucite prisms. It is quite a statement in the room, and looks lovely when the light is turned on. lucite chandelier lucite chandelier


I have gotten so much done in the room, but there are still several small details left. I purchased a curtain rod weeks ago, but have been seriously struggling to pull the trigger on any curtains. So. Stupid. Expensive. I actually like the open look, my husband likes privacy, or whatEvs. It seems like it’s always the last little details that take the longest.

Here’s kind of a small summary of where the room is heading. 001