Maybe another light fixture

Leading up the the installation of my light fixture Matt kept asking where I planned on putting it. My answer was always our bedroom. The walls are a light purple with a little grey and those cups just needed to be there. His wish was for them to be hardwired into the kitchen. While I agreed that having a nice light fixture there would be fantastic I did have my heart set in putting it in the bedroom.
Jump to today…. On my nearly weekly stroll through Anthropology, I found these lovely cups. They are a lot lighter in color than my last project. I think 5 of these would look super cute and twinkly.


DIY Pendant Light – Part III

Well here is the final installment for my DIY Pendant Light Trilogy.

I have taken 3 drinking glasses and drilled holes in the bottom and added the hardware to create a light shade

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I also wired the sockets for electricity 
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Now I need something to make it all look pretty and to hang it with.  Some kind of mounting plate thing.  
Purchase List:
2 1×12″ Boards cut to 12″ each: $11.16
1/4″ Threaded Rod: $0.98
1/4″ Acorn Nut: $0.60
Washer: $0.10
Toggle Bolts: $1.92
To begin, I measured the width of my board and used that to mark my length that I need to cut.  While I was at that, I measured and marked what I wanted to cut out of the center, and drilled my holes where I will screw the 2 boards together.
I clamped them together and cut the excess off.  I also drilled 4 holes inside of the corners of my center cut out and used a jig saw to to cut out the center. 
Smooth it all out and then glue, clamp, screw, fill, and sand.
Prime, sand, paint, sand, paint, and dry.  Not it’s time to put it all together.  I’ve pulled the wires through the holes that I drilled for them.  I chose to tie a knot in the wire to hold it but you could use those fancy staples that are made for that. 
To attach the wires all together strip the ends of each wire and twist all the ribbed wires together and all the smooth wires together.  screw a wire nut onto the two separate connections and secure the nut with electrical tape.  And if you want you can tape anything that is standing up down like I did.
Go ahead and plug it in to make sure that it works.
Yay! It works.  Now drill a hole in the ceiling big enough to pass your toggle bolt through and slip the threaded rod through the hole in the center.  Put the washer and acorn nut on the end and just keep twisting until it tightens up to the ceiling. 
Now you’re done.  Go have some wine.  Smile about your fancy light that you made all by yourself (That’s what I did).  Oh and Go Broncos!

Living Room Flash Back

Here is a little flash back to how our livingroom looked about 2 weeks after moving in.  All the green boxes are the hard wood flooring acclimating before being installed.  Believe it or not, this was actually an improvement.  there was one tiny little path from the front door to the back door.  Matt spent the day waiting for the Directv man to install our dish, and spent the 3 hour window putting stuff away.  I was so relieved when I came home to see that we had TV and there was about 1/2 of our stuff made it out of the living room.
And here it is shortly before we began installing the hardwood flooring.  I do not miss this.

DIY Pendant Light – Part II

Previously on The Ambitious Procrastinator:

I was working on the beginning stages of turning these lovely hand blown drinking glasses into a pendant light fixture.  I drilled holes in the bottom, attached hardware and now on to lighting it up.  

To do that I made yet another trip to Home Depot to purchase:

Replacement Lamp Cord (Silver): $4.98
Lamp Cord (Silver): $0.30 /lf
(Westinghouse Home Depot)

I already had the white electrical tape, and yellow wire nuts.

This part went by quite smoothly, I honestly thought it would take longer.  Anyway, I used about 4 ft for each light of the lamp cord that i purchased in bulk.  I’m not sure how long I want each one to hang so I just used a little bit extra so I can play around with that later.

I took one end of the cord and split the two wires and stripped about 1/2″ – 3/4″ of the plastic coating to expose the wires.  

Tie the two wires in a little simple knot, and fist the other end through the circle at the end of the bulb socket like dis.

Ok, now the IMPORTANT part.  The two wires may look exactly the same.  But don’t be fooled!  One is smooth and one has three teeny tiny ridges on it.  The wire with the ridges needs to be attached to the silver screw on the socket.  So get a little cris-crossy screw driver and loosen the screw, wrap the exposed wire around the shaft of said screwdriver to make an almost circle hook thingy.  Then pop that hook thing over the screw so that the wire is going clockwise.  (If you go counterclockwise you will undo your hook when you tighten the screw.)  Then just tighten the screw while making sure the wires stay under the screw.  Pass the other wire to the other side and attach it in the same manner to the brass screw.  

Just as a pro-caution, I’ve read to wrap electrical work in electrical tape.  The sockets come with a cardboard slip thing but I wanted the socket to be white. It will be slightly visible when finished.  So I gave each socket about 2 thicknesses worth of electrical tape to finish it off.  Now re-assemble the hardware in the glass and you can really see where this is all going.

I also did a test run to see if everything was in working order.  I stripped the other end of the lamp cords and the end of the replacement lamp cord and attached them all together (smooth to smooth and rigged to rigged) with the yellow wire nuts and wrapped them in tape.  Plugged it and and flipped a switch. (sorry no pictures of that step, besides it will all be re-done when I finish)  But here is the test run:

So as you could probably guess there will be one final installment of this tutorial to come. So stay tuned…..

DIY Pendant Light – Part I

I found these beautiful hand blown looking drinking glasses at Urban Outfitters and thought “These look like pendant light shades.”   So that is what I plan on making myself.

I made the trip to Home Depot to gathered supplies, I still need to get the wire, plug and something to mount everything on, but this will be enough for now.

Here is a better look at what I bought to get started:
Hex Nuts: $1.98
Steel Nipples (he he): $2.98
2″ Keyless Sockets: $4.47
15 Watt Mini Fan Lights: $2.99
Nylon Washers: $0.63 /2pk
3/8″ Glass/Tile Drill Bit: $10.97
So once I had my supplies gathered, I went down to the basement to start drilling my holes.  I had my handy cordless drill, and started drilling. 
 The drilling continues for quite some time.  This is getting old.  I swapped out to a corded drill that Matt’s brother lent us for our kitchen tile project.  It is a much faster and more powerful drill.  I have no idea how long it took me to drill thru the first glass, but here is an idea about how long the second one took.
I know the picture quality isn’t great, but this is how far I got after 10 minutes.
And the total time to drill thru one glass is 20 minutes.  
So I have 2 glasses drilled, time to give the drill a break.  The bit could use one too, hot hot hot.  Now for the assembly of the hardware.
Everything will just screw onto the steel nipple.  The guy at Home Depot suggested the nylon washers so that I wouldn’t over tighten the hex nuts and crack the glass perhaps.  I found if you attach the inside pieces first, it makes it easier to hold onto inside of the glass.  Then just pop the washer and the hex bolt onto the nipple at the bottom of the glass and tighten slightly with some pliers.  
So that is all for now, I need to get some lamp wire, a plug and something to mount it all together with.  I’m thinking a simple small wooden box to hang from the ceiling.  

Perfect Craigslist Find

I am super excited about this old floral settee that I found earlier this week.

When I emailed the seller about it I was sure that it would have already been sold.  I found the listing on the 17th and they had posted it on the 13th. But to my excitement it was still available.  However, when I returned the email to arrange when I could meet with them to pick it up I got no response.  Three whole days have gone by.  My excitement, fading.  For sure someone else must have scooped up my find.  Or did they see a better value selling it to an antiques dealer?

Nope!  I finally got an email this morning.  By Saturday afternoon it will be mine. And what do I plan to do with it?  Well I have plans to reupholster it.  I was inspired by this lovely one that I saw while at Anthropology.

I just love the texture of the rough edges that they left and the simplicity of it.  Who knows how long this will take me to figure it all out but sooner or (more likely) later it will be lovely.

I built something today……

Well actually I built something on Sunday.  The project, one from the March/April issue of my home my style.

Basically I built a shelf that is over a window that you can hang your shade or blinds from while leaving a section above the window uncovered.

First I took 2 1×6 boards and marked out where I wanted to screw them together.  I was making a shelf that is 64″ long, so I chose to put 2 screws every 8″ and 2 more screws 1″ from each end.  I marked the placement for each screw and pre-drilled the holes for the screws.

After that I put some wood glue between the 2 boards, clamped them together, and attached them with the screws.

Once they were screw together, I took them to the window to figure out the layout of the corner brackets.  I used 2 lovely cans of coconut milk to hold the shelf above the sink faucet so I could mark the holes for the bracket.

 That was the quickest part.  Next I used wood filler above all the screw heads and along the seam between the 2 boards.  That took a little while to dry, must have been all the Colorado humidity.

Then it was as simple (But time consuming) as sand, prime, paint.

Now I re-attached the L brackets and screwed it onto the wall around the window.

Here it is again, now I just need to order a roller shade to fit underneath it.