Monday, August 9, 2010

It Just Can't Be Easy...

Friday my husband set out to hang the new chandelier. Everything was going right along until the very end....


See, this was not just an easy change of the light fixture. When we bought our little bungalow, ceiling fans were in every single room, except the bathroom. I am one of those people who are not a fan of the fan. Sorry fan lovers, they do have a very good function, I admit.

Back to the story...the fan in the dining room was centered in the room. Our table is not, so hubby moved the electric box over the table and a chandelier was installed. Great, until we lived here for a while and I realized the table was too close to the wall. Over time it kept moving and we ended up with a light that was not centered anymore. Did I mention that I am not good at patching a hole in the ceiling? The hole I patched never looked good either.

The time had come to move the old light and paint. Dear husband was not very happy about this as you can imagine. But he would move it again, one more time, I promised. While we were at it, I ordered the new chandelier that I have been wanting for a long time.

Back to the holes in the ceiling. This time we called a painter to patch the hole and fix the one I did years ago. Finally, I was able to paint.

Fast forward to the other day. Hubby cutting a new hole in the ceiling, me hoping I picked the right spot this time, him climbing into the attic to get everything wired up. Then the moment of truth...he popped a light bulb in and we had light!! Yippee! Until I flipped the switch on and off and it wouldn't turn off! My poor husband, he was so puzzled. After checking and checking again, we still couldn't turn the light off without turning the power off. Not a good time.

Enter the electrician. Turns out, lots of crazy things happen over time when the house is over 65 years old. He had to cut into the old electric box to see how everything was wired. Everything is working great now, but I have this again.


Another hole in my newly patched and painted ceiling! Bring out the paint and roller, here I go again. We are getting closer to the finish line; I did make some progress this weekend.

27 comments:

  1. it's getting there! and the light fixture is awesome! i am not a fam of the fan either, but we have them in the bedrooms and sitting room, and we use them all the time- it gets pretty hot and huid here and the fans are all upstairs where it stays warmer. i couldn't sleep without it!

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  2. You are close to the finish line, now that's the spirit. I feel your pain with old house and electricity. It is quite the mystery at house.

    -Rene

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  3. yes, i am a lot like you and this is why my husband needs copius amounts of alcohol to live with me!

    j

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  4. I actually laughed out loud! Poor girl. Hang in there...it will all be over soon.

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  5. No, of course projects can never be easy! What a pain! If it's consolation... the chandelier looks beautiful!

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  6. That is such a gorgeous chandelier! I cant wait to see your room all completed:)
    Sarah
    HandbagsnPigtails.blogspot.com

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  7. Oh boy, what a test in patience. I adore your new chandy. Well done. Kudo's to hubby.

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  8. Oh dear, I hate it when a project seems small and simple then drags on FOREVER! It will feel so satisfying once you're done!

    XO
    Lenore

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  9. Wow...this is stunning! I am hosting a jewelry giveaway on my blog. Would love to see you there!

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  10. I always find that things never turn out easy for me either! Something that seems so simple turns into a huge production. I feel your and your husbands pain :( Your almost done though.

    Jessica

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  11. oh dear. so sorry for your electrical problems.

    if it's any consolation, that's a gorgeous
    chandelier!

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  12. Love the fixture, sorry about the patch job. Those are always fun.

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  13. yikes....sorry about the patch job...so glad it got hung right tho!..(have to admit I laughed a wee bit!)...My husband is mean with the paint brush ..but other that...we call some one!...So fun to have one that is handy!

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  14. Oh no! Well at least you have a gorgeous new light.

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  15. It looks fantastic!!!! Not always fun to repatch things though:)

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  16. Oh, too funny! (But not really!) Aren't old houses full of hidden surprises! Gotta love them! Your light is beautiful!
    Lisa

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  17. How frustrating...i'm so sorry it wasn't easy for you. But the new light is Beautiful!
    It will all be worth it when the room is finished :)

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  18. just found your blog and love it!!! love the fixture!

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  19. I'm laughing, only b/c I know your struggle all too well. Hang in there, and when it's done, that deep breath with be worth it. (If it makes you feel better, I still have holes above my dining room window where I changed my mind with the window treatment AFTER the painters were done). Oy. xoxo

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  20. Good grief!! At least the chandelier is gorgeous. Hang in there! If anyone can master this headache, it's you!

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  21. Ugh, how annoying! That chandy is great though, totally worth it.

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  22. OH NO~! That is something that would happen to me! It looks awesome though! I also am not a fan of fans.
    Hubby deserves a BIG hug! ( :
    Have a pretty day!
    Kristin

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  23. It just never ends, lol I love your Chandy - very pretty. Right now our light fixtures is centered in our dining room, but I want my husband to move it six inches towards the kitchen which will allow our table to move out six inches, making our dining room larger..... hopefully it will get done soon

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  24. Seriously, nothing can be simple, can it? I love the new chandy, though. It will be great when everything gets worked out. I totally understand about the quirks of wiring in old homes. It can be a battle.

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  25. Oh, my goodness I could have wrote this post myself. Every light we have hung in this house has had an issue...I feel for you! I am IN LOVE with your chandelier. It is the same one I looked at for our dining room. Everything will be beautiful when it is done, I am sure!

    Best wishes,
    Tammy

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  26. I love the chandelier and am so with you on patching yet another ceiling hole!

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  27. Love it there! looks great - sorry about your ceiling - our condo building is 100 years old so we find lots of little annoyances with each little bit of renovation - I feel your pain!

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