Saturday, August 22, 2009

Let There Be Light

some people think I'm some sort of Preservation/Restoration-Nazi, trying to make the home the way it was when it was first built. Though I would love to know what the home was like back then, I can't say as I would want to live that way. This is evidenced by our latest project: ceiling lights.
For the past few years, we have been collecting old-looking lights and lights that were originally in the home in the hopes that one day we can have them installed. One of my pet peeves about the house is that many of the rooms have sconces. My problem is that in such a small house, they have the impression of taking up space. Also, the light they emit is not the most useful. If we had a grand room accented by beautiful sconces, that would be one thing. Instead, we have a mish mosh of poorly placed fixtures. Finally, the original lights were all gas fixtures. I surely wouldn't want to go back to that.

This week, we started to remedy that with some new wiring and shifting of fixtures from walls to ceilings. When you walk into the Tiny Bungalow, you are greeted by this:

That fixture was removed and hopefully I will be able to put it on the face of the garage (I think it will look better there). We now have this in the front hall:My daughter's room had no fixture but the J-box from a previous fixture was there. We also found a nice fixture on a shelf in the basement that seemed right for this application. We had it re-wired and put up. It looks pretty good and as an added bonus, we got to install the cover-plate that we purchased 5 years ago. The most dramatic change was this beauty. Just look at how nicely it is centered between the doors. Well, it had to go. Now, in the hall between the bedrooms, we have this fixture. The globe for this and the one in the front hall are from my friend Will's place. He pulled out all his nice fixtures and tossed them. I was able to convince him to give me these. I think he now regrets the act. Incidentally, these used to be at the intersection of the beams in the ceilings in his place - they were WAY over the top but cool none the less. I think they look fantastic in the Tiny Bungalow. Thanks Will. Now, I have no excuses to delay plaster, woodwork, and painting in these rooms. Hopefully this will give me a little inspiration to start this in the Fall.


Our Little Bungalow said...

They look lovely. And you know I love love love your wood work. (sigh) You make me so envious.

Anonymous said...

I love your blog, and this post reminds me why: your obsession with historical accuracy, your humor, and the end results of your labor (which provide great motivation to those teetering on the edge). Great job.