I missed posting about this in June (where did the month go?). I am in love with what Sarah of Three Boys has done with her dining room. Turning it into a library was ingenious and her budget minded furnishings are amazing. The bookcases from IKEA with added crown molding gives a truly built-in look. Makes me want to sit down and read a good book on a rainy day… Read more here.
Typical of a 1950’s ranch home, this old house came with a single carport which had been been converted into a room to have additional living space. Since it is next door to the kitchen, we’ve been using it as a part dining room and part TV room. It’s the room with many names but currently it is called the “sun room.” Recently added is a thrift store long wooden table with dark wood top and white legs. Since the room has little lighting, it really needed a light fixture for over the table. The room has a beach theme from our many trips to Gulf Shores, Alabama. Thus we picked a Lamps Plus chandelier (on closeout) with a somewhat nautical theme with its wrapped iron roping effect and 6- light chandelier arms. To complete the look, we purchased silk shantung shades from CSN Stores (5 of them were on clearance!).
Although the fixture was made to hardwire install, we chose to use a swag light kit so it could be plugged into the wall. Converting this was no easy job since electrical skills we lack. However, with the help of our friend John, super handyman and jack of all trades, we were able to have it installed in less than an hour.
It will take one more visit from John to get the light working properly since there is still an on-off switch to install on the wire. We also want to drape the chain to the corner and have it run down the wall to the outlet. Neither one of us had a ladder! Another hint for a great looking chandelier is to have a dimmer which we have ordered from Amazon. It’s just the type you plug in and convert any lamp to a dimming one!
All in all, we are very pleased with the results. The room is taking shape in bits and pieces and it will be a joy to show the total look as soon as it is finished!
Thanks to John and his daughter for helping me once again “make this old house a new home.”