As I am typing up this post it is snowing here in beautiful Louisville, KY… what is going on!!! On with the tutorial though!
OK, so I’m sort of thinking “who am I to give a tutorial on rewiring a light?”. I did just rewire a light so I can share that with you right? You just never know when this information will be handy for you…
First let me start off by saying I have never tried to rewire a light before. Honestly, I have just been a little afraid to try it, thinking I would mess up or get started and not know how to finish, but I took a leap of faith and did it anyway… It was SUPER easy and I will show you how just in case you want to try it yourself one day!
SO I started off with a pair of these AWESOME pendant lights I bought off Etsy over a year ago. I know… I know… I waited a RIDICULOUSLY long time to get to fixing them, but in my partial defense they didn’t have base plates (which cover the bottom wires) so I had to have those made. Pretty cool looking right?
First thing I did was take it apart, this picture was for me to remember how to put it back together, a very important step!
I taped off the bulb areas so I could spray paint the entire piece. Yes, the original finish is pretty awesome but the new base plates are black and don’t match the original finish.
I chose to spray them with Rustoleum’s Hammered Antique Pewter, which looks pretty similar to the finish that was already on the lights. It took 2 coats to cover everything well.
Now onto the electrical part!
After removing the old wire from the stem, which just pulls out after being disconnected from the light wires, I cut off the old ends (they were dirty and I got paint on them too) plus I have plenty of wire let over. I used the cutting area of my wire stripping tool for this.
Then place the wire in the strip area, close the tool and pull, the rubber coating will strip right off leaving the copper wire behind.
See how nice and clean they look now? So maybe I’m a little OCD about some things and this is not a necessary step, but it made me happy ok…
I purchased this swag light kit from Lowes, it is about $12 and has almost everything in it I need, except for wire nuts but I had those already anyway.
After putting the light back together I inserted the wire through the opening in the tube at the top. ***NOTE*** Before this point if you are going to use the chain then thread the wire through the chain before inserting the wire into the lamp… if you don’t you (or maybe your Super Awesome Hubby) will have to open the chain links to insert the wire… and he (or you) may or may not be thrilled about doing it
Just keep pushing it through until it comes out of the base then strip the ends of the wire as well.
Now gather all of your black wires and one side of the new wire you just threaded through the lamp.
Twist them all together clockwise in one bunch and attach a wire nut to the bunch screwing the nut clockwise as well. This step makes a connection between all the light wires and the plug wire.
Then repeat the process with the white wires and the other side of the plug wire and you end up with it looking something like this… all nice and tidy!
***Test your work by plugging it in before closing it up.***
Here is the cap I had made to hide all of the “guts”.
Now I needed some candle covers. I happen to have some candle material on hand which I cut to size with the SUPER sharp saw seen below. I had to purchase the pipe on line, but you may be able to find it at a local lamp repair store.
After cutting them to size I lightly sanded the edges with 220 grit paper to remove all of rough plastic.
Because I wanted them to look like those SUPER expensive real wax candle covers I used my hot glue gun and made fake candle drips on each of the covers. My daughter Brie (who is 11 going on 16) was like WHAT are you doing? No candles burn like that… maybe she’s right, but I like the way it looks!
Here is what they looked like after I was done.
After the glue dried I painted them with a couple of coats of Old White ASCP, I could have used any off white color paint but I happen to have some OW leftover so that’s what I used. Brie says they look a little too “Disney” which I laughed at but I totally get!
Now that the wiring is done I can hang these beauties! We are in the process of painting and decorating the guest bedroom in the basement and these pendant lights make perfect unique bedside lighting.
I hung the lights up by painting and installing wood corbels on the wall, using a cup hook from the corbel to hang the chain from. This solution worked perfectly for us and I just love the final results.
Hopefully the weather next week will be better, hang in there Spring has got to be here soon right?
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I hope you all are enjoying a little taste of Spring! I have some unknown plants starting to breakthrough the mulch and I’m excited to see what they will be..
First let me admit to you that I wasn’t planning on refinishing this, but I couldn’t sell it as is (trust me I tried)… I guess no one but me would be
stupid crazy enough to tackle this mess! Let me show you what I mean…
So the piece doesn’t look too bad in this picture right? Nice nightstand, good lines, what’s not to like?
OK, so the top is a little roughed up, why is that so scary? Can you see all of the craters divots?
This is what it looked like under the paint. I used my orbital sander, with 60 grit paper, to remove the super thick paint and this is what it revealed… clearly someone had removed the veneer from the top of this nightstand and really hacked away at it (it was not my Hubby I promise)! The white areas are holes that they filled (and not well) with something…
Seriously! Why would you go through the trouble of filling the holes but not fill the holes all the way?! This is why the top looked so bad! They must have just gotten fed up with it…
I filled all of the gouges with my favorite product for hardcore filling and repairs. It’s a two part product, Minwax High Performance Wood Filler, and let me tell you it is fabulous to work with… it’s a little stinky and you DON”T want to get it on your hands, but with it I can fill deep holes easily and it also helps rebuild missing parts like “magic”!
After I filled the holes I sanded the top down starting with 100 grit and finishing with 150. I only finish to 150 when I am painting a piece, had I been staining this I would have finished with 220 but obviously staining wasn’t an option. I also added this little wood piece to the back where the original piece was missing… nothing fancy but it gets the job done.
I primed the top with a white primer then painted the entire nightstand in Provence Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. I also lightly distressed, waxed and buffed the piece. The drawer front was in good enough shape to stain so I stained it dark walnut, waxed it with clear wax and buffed it…
Here it is now in it’s new home!
Just look at how nicely the drawer front turned out!
You can’t see any indentions or problems with the top at all…
I’m glad now that no one wanted this because I needed another nightstand for my daughter’s room and this worked out perfectly!
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I hope everyone survived the snowpocalypse last week. We did get a few more inches of snow here in Louisville, KY but we missed out on the big snowfall that hit much of the East Coast thank goodness. I don’t know about you but I am OVER the snow! I have started some Lavender, Lamb’s Ear and Salvia seedlings in hopes of being able to get outside and work in the yard in the next 6 weeks or so… I think I need some outdoor time badly!
We began working on our kitchen island last week and over this past weekend. So far we have painted the kitchen, added a backsplash and added some pendant lights over the island. My original plan was to paint the island a cream color and leave the other cabinets as is, but after looking at the wear on the other cabinets I decided to paint them all… just not all at once.
I’ll share with you where we are now as there are some final touches left to do in order for the island to be considered finished. I had already removed the shoe molding and toe kick at this point in the process.
It’s a nice size island and the shape works great in this kitchen, but as you can see the back boards have had a lot of wear and tear from people sitting there. It’s also very plain looking so I wanted to add some detail and interest to it.
I drew up this mock of what I wanted the island sides to look like. I used Word, because my drawing skills suck, so I could show my hubby what I was thinking about doing. I think the rendering came out pretty darn good if I do say so myself!
After removing the toe kick and shoe molding I removed all of the doors and drawer fronts, being sure to number them as I removed them. I filled in the bottom hole on each door because I am going to install new hardware.
We built a top for our pool table so we can use it as a table when we need to, I’m using it to paint the drawer fronts and doors which is much better than putting them on the floor. I first cleaned them all with Formula 409 and a scrub sponge and then sanded any areas necessary before priming them.
I didn’t have enough plastic triangles so these small plastic drink cups were the PERFECT solution! They kept the pieces stable and I happen to have a bunch of them on hand.
The fronts are still wet, but you get the idea… I used a soft bristle Purdy brush and a foam roller to get the smoothest finish I could. The paint is Benjamin Moore Advance in Black Iron, the paint is self leveling and has a nice hard finish once cured.
My hubby cut all of the trim for the island. I am the installer and caulker extraordinaire!
I was so happy I got to use my new “toy”! I got this fabulous deal at Home Depot right before Christmas on a air compressor and 2 nail gun set. I really did want need this… the smallest nails our other gun can handle is 2” and that was WAY to long for this project. We used Liquid Nails and 1” nails for all of the trim. The baseboard is 4.25” and matches the rest of the trim in the house.
The trim I chose is actually chair rail backing, which has great detail on it and I really like it used this way. Seriously my friend caulk and I have spent a lot of time together on this project!
This is after one coat of paint. I have to wait 16 hours between coats, which seems like forever, but I can get a good feel for how this is going to finish up!
I am still waiting for my appliques to come in and then I have to prime, paint and install the center detail work, but I am thrilled with how it looks so far. The addition of the trim really bulks up the cabinet and the paint helps this piece look brand new!
So now you know what I will be working on this week… I hope my back can stand it! I will share with you some good before and after shots once it’s all complete.
Hope you all have a great week ahead, thanks as always for stopping by!
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First let me start off by saying I am SICK of the snow! We had 56 degree weather on Saturday which melted all of the old snow, but yesterday it snowed again and we got another 5 inches! This is a picture of part of the backyard this morning! Seriously I really cannot wait until Spring!!
So enough complaining… onto the project right?!
Ok, so maybe the color of the year is not technically “purple” but “Radiant Orchid” is basically purple right?
My oldest daughter, Sierra, painted her room over the Christmas holiday. I guess she REALLY didn’t like boring beige and really wanted a color that suited her. We spent a little time picking out just the right combination of colors that would coordinate with the Provence painted furniture pieces already in the room. The colors we chose were “Elderberry Wine” and “Lavender Wash” both are Benjamin Moore colors from their Color Stories series.
Pretty much every room in the house had been painted this beige color prior to the house going on the market. I know that people say beige sells, but let me tell you I have NEVER sold a house with beige walls! Are we really saying that most people cannot look past someone else’s paint color choices? Aren’t we just going to paint the walls once we get in the house anyway? Enough of that rant… here we go with the updated room.
This is a small bedroom, but it still fits a queen sized bed, a chair, 2 nightstands, a little table and a dresser. It’s just the perfect size for her and I love how her headboard POPS against the Elderberry Wine paint.
The soft purple shade of the Lavender Wash coordinates beautifully with the rest of the colors and helps lighten the room up significantly.
I removed the existing curtains and replaced them with some sheers I had picked up at Ikea for the last house, they have fabulous sheers. This room is on the back side of the house and doesn’t get morning sun so the sheers are really more decorative. The artwork is a Sierra original from elementary school, works perfect in here doesn’t it?
The Papasan chair she just HAD to have several years ago, but she NEVER sits in it… you know what it gets used as… a dumping ground for clean clothes!
At least she can come in here and relax and watch her shows. She loves her new colors and I do too! I’m not a big purple fan, but these colors balance subtle and bold very well I think! She is the only one with a completely finished bedroom and bathroom… I guess I should be working on the others soon right?! Well instead we started tiling the kitchen backsplash Saturday and I was planning on grouting it today… we will see how that goes…
Hope you like Sierra’s new purple room!
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P.S. I hope we don’t get anymore snow, but I think that we will stay safe & warm!
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This mirror framing project is part of the girl’s bathroom remodel that we just finished. The addition of the frames to the mirrors was not only super easy but it made a big difference in the look of the room. It’s kind of hard to see just how big this mirror is but let me tell you it’s H-U-G-E! it’s 5 feet wide by 5 feet tall, it goes all of the way from the top of the vanity to the ceiling. The light fixture is mounted through the mirror in case you are wondering…
For some reason all of the mirrors in the house are like this…
I’ve just never seen so many big mirrors… seriously check this out, the master bath mirrors!
The two mirrors you see straight on are all “my” side of the bathroom, the reflection you see on the right is my hubby’s “side”… his mirror is 6 feet wide by 5 feet tall!! I think mirrors must have been super cheap when they built this house!
So back to the girl’s mirrors…
I really do like the size of the mirrors in their space, but they were just so boring, so we decided to add a little trim to help jazz them up a little. First we cut regular primed wood molding (at a 45 degree angle) to fit.. Then I spray painted the backs of the frames black. Why black you ask? Well, the last time I framed a mirror I painted the backs white because I was painting the fronts of the frames white. However these frames will be painted a color so painting the back of the frame black makes it look like a shadow and will allow me to change the frame color in the future.
We installed the frames two different ways…
The first one we installed without painting the front of the frame first, it was purchased primed.
The second one we decided to paint the frame before installing it.
We used clear Loctite caulk to adhere the frames to the mirror. I applied the caulk near the outer edges so you don’t see caulk reflected in the mirror. We pressed the frame in place and held it in place with painters tape for about 24 hours… these frames aren’t going to be removed easily! I caulked the corners of the frames the next day and then painted the frames where necessary.
I preferred the installation of the already painted frame, I didn’t have to cut in around it and didn’t make a mess on the mirror, this is the way to go in my opinion.
We also changed out the ugly glass light shades to these very pretty glass shades I bought at Lowes.
They look like milk glass and have a pretty, classic shape. Changing the shades made a huge difference in the way the light fixture now looks.
Much better right? The framing project was super easy, totally a DIY job! If you have something to cut the trim with you can do it!
Hope you like this project, it was by far the easiest thing I have done to beautify the house so far!
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YAY!!! We are finished with the installation of wood planks on the bathroom walls! We started it just before Christmas and I am so happy it is finally done! Check out the first part of this post HERE for more detailed instructions on HOW we did it, but for now just enjoy the After photos!
Here is the BEFORE of one of the vanity areas
The tub & toilet area… and yes I know it’s a lot of doors! I wish they had used some pocket doors in this space…
The other vanity area… see the brass knobs & hinges on all of the doors too? Those I replaced a couple of months ago.
Here is the AFTER of Brie’s (the youngest) vanity. Her bedroom will be painted blue so the blue around her frame will coordinate with that when it gets painted… sometime next century maybe
The mirror frame is painted Anderson Blue and is a Benjamin Moore color, I will write a how to post on the mirror framing next.
Other than replacing all of the brass doorknobs and vanity light shades, I reused all of the existing fixtures. I’ll replace the vanity knobs after I paint it… maybe…
This is a close up of the detail on the wall planks. It starts with horizontal pine planks, then a small chair rail, then vertical tongue and groove bead board, then crown molding… so worth it I think! The paint color is Sherwin Williams Velvet White, it is the same color used on all of the trim throughout the house.
This is Sierra’s side, the purple is “Elderberry Wine” by Benjamin Moore and is the same color as an accent wall in her bedroom (I will share that makeover with you soon).
We also changed out the globes on the light fixture in this room as well.
This is the tub & toilet area of the bathroom. The shower curtain I sewed for them a few years ago and since the colors still work it’s staying, plus I really love it.
I also replaced the original “boob” light for this more traditional looking light, it’s very big and I almost didn’t have enough clearance for the door to close… I completely adore it! I found it on line at Lamps Plus if you’re interested.
I also reinstalled their “spa” basket and added a framed print that we had in storage. I also reused the toilet paper holder we already had instead of reinstalling the roll holder on the wall. The girls prefer the stand holder because it holds extra rolls and is easy to change the rolls… I’m all about making it easier for them whenever I can!
The soaps are lavender and make the bathroom smell wonderful!
I think the Before and After shot really shows the HUGE improvement!
I hope you enjoyed this “little” bathroom makeover. While the installation part of the planks and trim were by no means hard, the amount of caulking, hole filling and painting was pretty time consuming. I think I’m going to take a little painting break!
I love the results of the bathroom makeover and I hope to never have to paint this area again!
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Even though I say it’s finished, I’m still thinking about my stenciling and maybe putting up some crown molding… so lets just called it finished for now ok?
This is what we started with…
Pretty boring right? Everything was your basic builders grade and not really something I was digging.
So I started with painting the room, I had a good amount of leftover paint from the Family room so I used it in here as well. The color is Smoke & Mirrors, it’s part of the Color Stories series by Benjamin Moore, it changes color significantly based on the light. The color is basically a gray but can shift for a brown gray to a purple gray, kind of cool right?
I stenciled one of the walls (still deciding if I like the one wall stenciled or not) with “Forest Floor Damask” by Royal Design Studios. I love the stencil, it’s the focal wall I’m still deciding on…
I painted the vanity with “Smoke Signal” by American Paint Company, it’s a clay and chalk based paint. I just cleaned the vanity with Formula 409, then painted it with 2 coats of the paint… super easy… no priming necessary!
After it dried I distressed and sealed the vanity with wax. I also filled in one of the holes on the doors and installed new glass knobs instead of pulls.
My SAH replaced the sink, faucet and top with a beautiful marble, pump style faucet and Kohler under mount sink. I replaced the light fixture and mirror, you know the “easy” things to replace…
I’m the caulker around here so I caulked all of the seams on the marble and touched up the paint around the backsplashes. I LOVE everything about this new vanity & sink! We chose to install a smaller sink than what was there previously so there was more marble visible… who needs a big sink in the powder room anyway?
I’m enjoying the change and pretty happy to have checked this project off of the list!
I am still working on the girls bathrooms and will be able to show you those updates soon!
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My Super Awesome Hubby (SAH) and I had a little “fun” over the holidays… well to tell the truth it was not fun, but I’m smitten with the (almost) final results so I guess it was all worth it! I’m dividing the post into two parts because I’m not quite done yet…
Our youngest and oldest daughter share a Jack and Jill bathroom (see red outlined area on the plans below) which means they each have their own vanity space but they share a tub and toilet area which is connected. This setup works exceptionally well for children with similar habits, as in messy kids with messy kids, clean kids with clean kids… these are the 2 clean ones… well mostly clean anyway
The bathroom was wallpapered, the paper wasn’t bad just not for us, so it had to go!
So Sierra (our eldest) and I took it down (hey she volunteered I promise)!! It came down SUPER fast, in full sheets, with minimal effort… how lucky can you get right?
I had originally planned on just painting the walls but then I remembered this bathroom (check it out on my Pinterest page) I fell in love with the design and I wanted to replicate it in my own home…
So here we go!
First we bought about 12 packages of these EverTrue V Groove pine wood planks & 4 packages of EverTrue Wainscot from Lowes. We also picked up some crown molding & small chair rail piece to finish off the look. In case you are interested we spent roughly $450 for everything this project.
Hubby cut the boards to size and I installed them one by one leveling each board or every other board depending on how accurate or lazy I was feeling at the time, but mostly it was every board.
I would not have even attempted to do this project if we didn’t have a nail gun! I attached each board to the wall with a dab of Power Grab and a couple of nails. I had marked the stud locations using a stud finder and a level… these boards are NOT coming off of these walls!
After installing all of the horizontal planks I then installed the vertical tongue and groove boards. I placed the nails in such a way that the crown molding and chair rail would cover them so I didn’t need to fill those holes… a small time saver!
I was filling holes and caulking while Hubby was measuring and cutting… the process worked out very well for us and went pretty fast in the vanity areas.
Because the boards are so thin we were able to slip them behind the toilet without having to remove it… SCORE!! By the way I filled all of the holes with vinyl wall spackle, it sands smooth, leave no identifiable hole, dried super fast and was very easy to work with. I think I got a little nail happy on these boards… yikes!
We used the jigsaw to make cuts around light switches and other obstructions and here we cutout for the showerhead and then glued the piece back in… worked like a charm!
Also you can see here that I filled all of the grooves (shower area only) with caulk, a preventative measure in case moisture gets up there, I don’t want it to get behind the boards and cause problems.
Now you should see a clearer picture of where this is all going! We installed crown (no instructions because we are SOOO not qualified to give them, this was a bear) and the small chair rail. I caulked where the crown met the ceiling and where the chair rail met the horizontal boards, but not where they met the bead board… I don’t like the way that caulk fills the grooves on the bead board. The corners, interior and exterior, get caulked as well… I was caulking for a LONG time!
So we are well past the halfway point but not yet finished…
I almost forgot… we have framed the mirrors and changed out the globes as well.
The going is a little slower than anticipated due to some carpal tunnel problems with my right hand / wrist and I am clearly unable to paint very well with my left which seems ridiculous but true!
I’m hoping to wrap up the wall painting this weekend. If you are interested I would say this project is a solid 2 out of 5 on the skill level, the most difficult cuts being the miter ones, but it is rather time consuming so keep that in mind!
I’d love to hear what you think of the space so far… I love reading your comments!
Thanks for stopping by…
Until next time!