I am facing a dilemma. I have an electrician coming this week to switch out a few light fixtures for me. The question is, how many lights does he have time to switch out in one day? And do we replace a few ceiling fans with sparkly chandeliers? Hmmmmm…..
At our lake house we have a ceiling fan AND a crystal chandelier in our master bedroom. To me, this is the best of both worlds. Even though the bedroom is tiny (11′ X 13′) we still squeezed in a king size bed and two small chest of drawers that also serve as night stands. There was an existing junction box in the ceiling on my side of the bed. I like to think there was once another crystal chandelier hanging there. So when we bought the house, I had just the perfect one!
In the two other bedrooms, which our sons use when they are here, we installed a ceiling fan with a light kit in each room. I know ceiling fans are extremely useful and handy to have in hot weather, but why can’t they be more attractive? Granted there are prettier ones than these, but a fan is a fan, right? So, since the electrician will be here anyway, why not have him switch out the ugly fans for crystal chandeliers? I don’t think the boys will mind. Plus, they are only here a few times a year so I’m thinking they can sweat it out for our common good. IF he has time to switch these out. The other lights are higher on my to do list.
A few months ago my husband and I went to an estate sale near the lake. Immediately I spotted a vintage crystal chandelier sitting on the floor. The lady from the auction said it was from Paris! (I don’t know if that is true but it is beautiful!) Long story short, we bought it! And it is sitting in my treasure room as we speak. This beauty deserves to shine! So time permitting this baby will hang in one of the boy’s rooms.
At Christmas my sweet husband surprised me with a pair of carriage lamps from a local antique store. We saw them at the store while out shopping one day and he went back later and bought them for me. He knows me SO well. I hauled them down to the lake and the electrician is going to replace the old ones for us. The original ones were nothing to write home about and clearly are not that old so I don’t feel guilty about replacing them. The new lights will be just one more reason we can never, ever sell this house. I know they are beautiful in their current state, but I’m afraid I need to paint them in order to preserve them. Below is the old one. See? Nothing fancy. Dead bugs and all.
And these are the new (old) ones.
The electrician, Davey, will also replace a few ceiling lights in the man cave. I found these lights on eBay a few years ago but there were only two and I needed four. Do you know what? Last year I found two more on eBay! So, the nautical light obsession continues. We are also switching out the ceiling light in the kitchen and the Banana Room (aka the laundry room) and the hallway. Poor Davey. Thus, these lights:
Will be replaced with these lights, to match the other ones in the man cave:
And this light in the kitchen:
Will be replaced with this light:
And the jury is still out on the light in the hall. I’m torn because it is original to the house and is sort of cute in a way, but I do have a wall sconce with crystals and it has two arms, so more light. Hmmm.
So, when the new lights are up, I’ll show you! I think the boys will be super excited about their new chandeliers, don’t you? In preparation for Davey I need to dig out the light fixtures and clean them up. I’ll label them to avoid any confusion on installation day. Well, lots to do. I hope you have a wonderful day and enjoy this fantastic weather! xoxo Dell