Some weekends are the lazy kind where you sit around and wonder what to do with yourselves. Like when James and I were first married and we would hear people say they were really busy and wonder what they meant. Because all we had to do was dust under the bentwood rocker and decide what movie to rent for the weekend.
Then came kids. And home ownership. And several home businesses and now we wonder why we ever thought this would be easy.
This past weekend was not a lazy weekend. We spent our time divided between managing this old house that doesn’t fair well through thunderstorms and catching up on some much delayed home improvement projects….one of which was my Mother’s Day present circa 2010.
Yes, approximately 4 years ago I had this genius idea. I bought some wire baskets at a flea market and brought them home to make dining room light fixtures with. On the way home from that same flea market I stopped at IKEA and purchased all of the hardware for this random project. We have literally had everything we needed to build these lights for FOUR YEARS, yet never did it.
Because for some reason I am not “allowed” to play with electricity so I had to wait for James to have time to do it. What’s the man been doing for four years? Oh yeah….going to law school. What. Ever.
I asked several times if I could just try doing it myself. But my reputation for electrical projects goes to the dogs every winter when we have to post a sign on the microwave reminding anyone using it to make sure the heater is off before heating food. It’s the small matter of an outlet I installed myself when I was remodeling the kitchen. It works great…unless you try to turn on anything else that’s on the same circuit when the microwave is running. This only becomes obvious when we use the little space heater in the dining room. Cook. Pop. No microwave. No heat.
I argue that for most of the year we don’t need heat so it is perfectly fine. What’s the big deal?
BUT James said no. So finally he finished school, the Bar Exam and all of the other little tests and applications required to become an attorney and now he can focus on what’s important. My dining room lights.
He and Jacob took down the old light and installed an outlet in the ceiling. This was my idea since my IKEA parts had plugs. What rule says you have to hardwire your lights?
We clipped the bottoms out of the baskets and my daughter Faith made little cardboard circles to fill in the open middle. Then we just popped the IKEA lights in them. Jacob built me some simple boxes from old wood from our backyard wood pile and we drilled holes in the boxes for the lights to go through. Patience made me some cord covers from old curtains. It really was a family affair.
Then we hung them (it sounds so easy when I sum it up in 4 little words, but it took us several hours)….at last we have decent light on both sides of the dining room and I couldn’t be happier. It was worth waiting 4 years.
A future project is getting rid of the popcorn ceiling….ick!
Here’s a view of the second light on the other side of the room….
We also spent Saturday taking photos for our upcoming summer home tour that includes a whole slew of other amazing, creative bloggers. So stay tuned for that!
And now we’re back to repairing water damaged parts of the house like the roof of the back deck that caved in yesterday and the pool, which has turned green from the rain. If you’ve always dreamed of buying an old farmhouse and fixing it up, this is what it’s like. Not exactly the dream, but still pretty great.
Have a wonderful last week of May. Stay dry!
For more info on how we made the lights head over to Hometalk and see how we did it!