Thursday, July 28, 2016

Ikea Chandelier Gets Retired

I’ve been able to get a lot of little things done around the house the last couple of months and one really big project.  Just wait for the next post- ya’ll will be just as impressed as I was that they were finished.  But first- the smaller things. Ugh- I know.  The anticipation.  Believe me, it'll be worth it.  

Way back in 2011, I took a trip to Ikea with my girls and picked up quite a few things for the house, including this chandelier that I installed my laundry room.  


You might remember that I had to alter it to fit the short ceiling in there.  I needed to take it apart, remove half of it and put it back together again, which meant the top cap that goes to the ceiling was no longer functional with the light.  So I had to improvise.  In came the faux plaster medallions so cover up my problem.   Horribly ugly but did the trick. 

Well what I neglected to disclose was that the light was still a little too low even after all the hacking away I did with it.  So much so that every time I walked in and out of the laundry room, I hit my head on it.  Every time I pulled laundry out of the dryer and stood up, I hit my head on it.  

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Playing With Fire

Well a project that was started back in 2013 is finally complete.  Guys.  I'm seriously a slacker on this one.  I was being such a stubborn brat about this whole thing.  Really trying to make something I had on hand work that JUST WOULDN'T COOPERATE.  I tried and I tried and I finally gave up.  And so it sat for 3 years.  Completely embarrassing.  Because it was outdoors.  And I'm sure every one of my neighbors hated me for the last three years. 

So here goes.  Remember waaaaaaay back when my Dad helped with the paver patio?  You remember August of 2013, right?  OMG.  I'm cringing as I'm typing this.

Well one of the things that we also did was pour a 4ft by 4ft concrete slab for a fire pit.  Remember this? 


 Actually, full disclosure- this picture is from a solid year later when I had sod installed in the back yard.  Well this pretty picture isn't how the back yard has looked lately.  This is more like it.