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European Light Fixtures


My adventures in powder bath land continue, dear friends.  I take two steps forward, one step back.

‘Cause opposites attract.  You know!!

Annnyyywwaayyss, the most recent hair pulling problem in the bath has been the Maison Arlus sconces.  Wait.  Didn’t I already have an issue with these?!  Actually, I did!  The base situation in this post, which I was able to fix with some new brass parts from Grand Brass.  My latest problem was the actual amount of light that these suckers produced.  My tiny brain had not even fathomed this is a possible issue.  Sometimes, I can’t even.

Here I snapped a pic without any adjustments.

It’s extremely dark!  And since these are the only lights in the room, this shiz was just not going to work.  I figured that an easy solution would be to change out the bulb for something LED, that’s low voltage but much brighter.  You guys, I embarked on a wild light bulb goose chase!  I had no idea how difficult it would be to find the correct sized bulb.

The issue is that the lights were made in France.  And the size of the bulb, E14 is not sold in any of the stores around me!  Grrr!  I was actually thinking that I would have to (SOB!) sell my beloved sconces.  But then a solution emerged – From Amazon, no less!  A BULB CONVERTER!

An idea I was floating around (amongst 100 others) was trying to rewire them myself… Which lead me to check out lighting parts… Which then lead me to a converter.  Phew.  It’s the journey, right?

These little suckers cost less than $8 and they will convert your Euro sized bulb into a candelabra size.  So utterly amazing.  That allowed me all the options and I was able to find a nice bright bulb that would fit into the narrow glass sconce.

You simply screw on the adapter and then screw your bulb in.  So easy.  So satisfying.

Here’s the same shot, no enhancements, with the new bulbs and glass shades on.

Let there be light!!  Ahhhh, I can finally see where the toilet is.

Progress is being made, albeit VERY slowly.  Summer is seriously kicking my butt.  At least all the wallpaper is up, toilet and sink are in and now I have LIGHTS!!  Whoo!!  Next up is fixing the drawers on the vanity (can you see that cray plumbing in there?!).  The debate is whether I try to salvage any drawer space or glue/screw them in place?  The bottom works great for TP and extra towels… hmmm.  The lazy side of me just wants. to. be. done.  What say you?

Well, that’s it for now!


Progress in the Powder Room

Hi y’all!

Since we last chatted I’ve been able to put in a few pretty minutes (hours, but who’s counting?) into the powder room.  My goal was to have a functioning toilet by my sisters shower (which is a mere 3 days away) and it’s still up in the air as to whether that will happen.

Wait, let’s back up a little.

You and I both know that the moulding had to go in, as well as, (dramatic music) the WALLPAPER!!  And you know what?!  I almost got both of those done.

Last week I picked out a day where I could literally hang wallpaper to my hearts content.  I figured that 3-4 hours should do the trick… ha… haha….hahaha.  Oh, naiveté.  I worked on the darn wallpaper from 9:30am until 4 and guess what?  I didn’t finish.  Here’s the wall that’s left – I’m seriously only about 3 panels from success.  (That’s what she said.)

The problem was that when I unrolled my last wallpaper roll, I realized that is was defective!!  There were sections with zero blue color and towards the middle there was just a black line going through the rest of the roll.  No part of the effing roll was usable.  Of course, I contacted Wallpaper Direct and they were extremely nice and helpful, but told me that it would take about 12 days to get another roll.

Hey, what’s another 12 days in the longest project ever?  Amiright?!

But check out that moulding!  Baby looks good!!  And I even spray painted the toilet pipe coming out of the wall.  (Of which I don’t have a photo of.  Aren’t I just lovely?)  An easy and very aesthetic improvement.  It’s the little things!

You may have noticed that the door is still a yellowish white and that’s because I’ve put off painting it.  Y’see I’m VERY scared to paint any of the trim/doors in the house because they were done professionally 10+ years ago with oil based paint.  As you probably know, oil is much more durable but it starts to yellow over time from sun exposure.  It’s also a PAIN to paint over – like sanding and priming and general UNFUNNESS.  I happened to find this GREAT option at Home Depot, which is an alkyd paint that is water-based, but looks and works like an oil-based paint.  It dries very hard and so pretty.  To paint my trim I would just need a light sanding and no primer!!  I bought a gallon of the stuff thinking that I would just go through the whole house and paint the moulding one room at a time – but that’s A. SCARY and B. my husband didn’t like my idea in a way that made it sound like an insane person had hatched it.  Usually I don’t listen to him AT ALL, ’cause boredom, but well, maybe he’s onto something…then again, Danger is my middle name.

Wouldn’t light gray doors look kinda beautiful?  That’s the idea swirling… instead of white.  I go white trim, and the softest shade of gray for the doors only.  Hmmmm….

So that’s where I’m at!

Just waiting for Gadot Wallpaper.

A Painted Tile Floor!!

Well hello there!

It’s Memorial Day weekend and the sales are poppin’! I have been perusing alllll the sites but being so good. Like, even I’m impressed with myself. Wait, I did buy a few suits from Target, like this one and this one and, oh ya, I have this sitting in my cart. But you guys, those are things I need. Like my sister is getting married and gf needs a new suit – I’m needy af.

Anyhoo, the big news around here is that I was finally able to paint the floor!! Wahoooo!! Progress feels so good, because I’m literally dying inside to put up the wallpaper. But home improvement is worst than following the rules of dating… there are so many steps and you MUST go in order or else disaster. Walls first, then ceiling, check, check, now floor and next is adding the moulding and painting said moulding…I’m not quite there yet, but aaalllmmmooosssttt!

Painting the floor has been the easiest step so far. And man, it does look really good. I’m VERY hopeful that the stain will hold up to 4 boys and lots of guests.

I purchased a pint of this (Not sure if it’s really a pint, but I like saying pint and feel like I don’t say pint enough in my daily life)-

I also grabbed the white color and started playing around with some extra tiles I had in the garage. For the samples I used a foam brush which really deposits a lot of stain on the tile. I worried that it wouldn’t dry well, but it totally did!! You could pour it on and it would dry hard – might take a century though. I contemplated a pattern, but nah, it just seemed too much.

I mixed them together… and when it dried, it dried totally flat and shiny as if it were lacquered.

Even though I was intrigued by the lighter colors, I just didn’t think they went very well with the wallpaper. I was VERY drawn to the darkest option, so when the hub agreed, I started painting immediately! White would have worked too, but too safe, right?!

I used fluffy 4″ rollers from the dollar store and rolled that stain on.

First coat, then second coat… The picture above is after 3 coats.

I allowed a day of dry time in-between coats and dang, this stuff smells!! Like if you want your kids to get superpowers then let them near it – it’s rough for a few days. I tried to keep the door closed with the fan on as much as my energy saving heart could stand.

But yeah, it smells.

That being said, the stain feels like it’s become one with the tile. I’ve walked on it and pushed the vanity on it (I’m a daredevil, I know) and so far, nothing. But we’ll see… I have my guard up in this love affair.

Before and After

Not too shabby for a $10 dollar fix!

I’m so happy and LOVE it!

Next up moulding and painting the door. Wish me luck!!