Sunday, May 9, 2010

My husband, the Electrician

Over the past couple weeks my husband has put on a few different hats.  He's been a cleaner, a painter, a builder of furniture, a gardener, and an electrician.  He's absolutely wonderful!!  Some of the first items that blaringly needed to be replaced were all of our light fixtures and ceiling fans.  This house was decked out in shiny brass fixtures (good for you if you like shiny brass...personally my eyes practically start bleeding when I have to look at them).  And don't think I'm not eyeing all of those doorknobs and hinges!  Those will be another project.

Anyway... we finally settled on 3 ceiling fans.  One to replace the brass living room fan.  One to replace our brass bedroom fan.  And one to replace the hideously ugly light fixture in the guest bedroom.  I know ceiling fans aren't the prettiest decorations and I'd love to have a chandelier in our bedroom to dress it up, BUT I have to sleep with a fan on and I figure our guests do to.

I couldn't find a chandelier for our living room that I liked at Lowe's or Home Depot so I went to a specialty lighting store.  I was a bit overwhelmed with the massive selection but the workers were super helpful and they had a HUGE variety of styles in all price ranges.  I found a chandelier that was 50% off and actually cheaper than the ones at Lowe's and I think it's totally original and perfect in our dining room!  I may have to go back there in a couple months when we're ready to switch out or kitchen light.

After Mother's Day lunch with Jonathan's mom, he got right to work on the living room fan and then on the dining room chandelier!  Poor thing.  His arms were about jello after those two.  I told him he needed a break, so we ran to Lowe's for more supplies and then we stopped at Graeter's for ice cream!!  If you have never had Graeter's you are soo missing out.  They are from Cincinnati and the chocolate chips in the ice cream are about as big as a chocolate candy bar!  We sat outside and ate our ice cream and enjoyed our Sunday evening!

Living room fan - before
Living room fan - after 
The old dining room chandelier
New chandelier
Enjoying our Ice Cream (I could barely get our faces in the picture let alone the ice cream cones!)
When we got home, I talked Jonathan into leaving the other two ceiling fans for another day.  We needed some down time tonight!  I hope you all had a great weekend!  Time for me to relax...


Sue said...

I love the new lighting and Bravo for J's electrician skills ;-) Happy Mommy-to-be's Day to you Sweet Abby!! Just think how exciting next year will be with your little one in your arms ;-)

Heather said...

I love the new light fixtures, it's amazing the character they add to a room and what an inexpensive change it can bring!! Happy Mother's day to you friend!!

Anonymous said...

We look like goofs in that ice cream picture!


Murdock's mama said...

You're so lucky to have a handy hubby! I hope you had a wonderful 1st Mother's Day! :)

elledee said...

I love the new chandelier! The place looks great!

Jenn said...

I don't understand why you didn't want the old brass ones??!! =)

Your hubby has talent!!! Wish mine could make furniture!! Can't wait to see pictures as it all comes together! (no pressure... I never finished my kitchen!! yikes! must get on that from uh... Easter!) =)

Have a great day!

Vivan Lantry said...

It's great to have someone to rely on at home, no? From the looks of it, you have someone you can really depend on - a jack-of-all-trades who can do cleaning and electrical work. Good for him!