Tuesday, April 2, 2013

House Remodel: A Little Bling

A little bling is good for the soul, don't you agree.

We have a long hall that leads to all the bedrooms, then joins a shorter hall which joins the back rooms of the house, including the main bathroom.  This is the original light that serviced all this area.
Hall Light before
So terribly lack luster, and really underpowered.  I don't know if you can see, but it's been knocked off kilter, too, which left it functionally crippled.  It would burn through a bulb a week.  Probably a fire hazard, as well as being really really ugly.

So one of the 1st things we did was replace this thing which this 3-light fixture we saw at Lowes one day.  The new one not only has much more wattage, but it also casts so many pretty shadows against the ceiling and walls. 

You can see in this picture that we have an attic access behind this fixture.  We really like the handiness of the pull-down ladder, but the door was in really rough shape.  It needed a good painting and lots of caulking around it's perimeter.  The ceiling had been painted ecru, like all the other ceilings and walls in this part of the house.  Ugh.  Ecru is not one of my favorite colors, ever, so of course I had to paint the ceiling before we installed the new fixture.  We had a little blue paint (which I just love) left over from our bedroom, so I just used the rest on the hall ceiling.  Now, I have to figure out what color/s to use on the walls that will complement this shade.  (The shade of blue is that of North Carolina for you NCAA fans).  I'm considering a dark shade of navy blue on the bottom and a very pale bluish white above the chair rail.  All the crown molding and chair rails throughout the house are being painted a pearly white.

We're painting every surface not only to spruce it up, but to help deal with the smell.  This place smelled from a combination of years of neglect plus years of oil heat and a wood burner.  Every surface was filthy, and even with a good scrubbing, the smell lingered.  We're finding that using a primer and then painting is getting the stink out.  So, I'll probably be talking about painting and color choices often over the next few weeks.  Once we get the painting done, I'm going back to my 2nd love, sewing.  Maybe I'll sew up some curtains....then again, maybe we can't wait that long.  Well, if I do, I'll certainly share with you guys.

Next installment:  master bedroom.


  1. What a difference that new light fixture makes! Wow!! Beautiful!!

  2. Thanks, Terri. When I pointed to it in the store, Lee gave me such a look, that I thought he might drive me straight to the loony farm...said something about me being my father's daughter ;) Later that evening he turned to me and said, "I think that light is growing on me." Imagine that! Too funny!

  3. I'm so very glad you fixed that light, it does sound like a fire hazard - and the new light is stunning!!!! I love the shadows it makes!

  4. Hi Allie! Great to hear from you, Dear. I'm glad you like the new light, too. Once all this painting is done, I'm looking forward to getting back to sewing again.


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